Jesus – Iesu

The name of Jesus as we know it today comes from the old French Iesu. It was itself derived from the Latin Iosus and earlier from the Greek Iesous. The Greeks borrowed it from the late Hebrew and Aramaic Yoshua (Joshua).

The abbreviation IHS (or JHS) to represent Jesus’ name comes from the 3 first letters of the Greek Iesous. It was made popular in the 13th century.

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