[Chugalug] [OT] "What does the H stand for" WAS:Passwords

Robert A. Kelly III bluethegrappler at gmail.com
Tue Oct 1 19:43:11 UTC 2013

I was really confused here as I have never actually heard "Jesus H.
Christ" and wondered where on earth the "H" came from. Wikipedia, as
usual, was enlightening. Apparently, it derives from the use of the
first three letters of the Greek form of the name Jesus, Ἰησοῦς. This
abbreviation is often seen transliterated as IHS, but alternately it can
be JHC, based on an alternate transliteration of iota and the lunate
form of sigma. This was apparently taken to be a monogram, leaving the
uninformed wondering what the H stood for.

On 09/24/2013 01:39 PM, Chad Smith wrote:
> Not sure how serious you were being here - but the H. doesn't actually
> stand for anything.
> It stems from the misunderstanding that assumes "Christ" is Jesus' last
> name.  It is not.  They didn't have last names in that time and culture.
> Christ is actually a title - like King or Doctor or President or
> Sergeant.  "Doctor" is not Dr. Huxtable's first name - it is Heathcliff.
>   President is not Obama's first name.  Etc.
> Christ means "Anointed one" and is the Greek equivalence of the Hebrew
> "Messiah".
> Jesus' name is just Jesus.  (Technically, it's Yeshua - or Joshua - it
> means "YAHWEH [or Jehovah] is salvation".)  The reason our version of
> His name is so far off is because it comes from a transliteration of a
> translation (A Hebrew name, spelled out in Greek, then tried to letter
> match into English by way of Latin, and English changed over the years.
>  If you remember your Indiana Jones, there's no J in Latin.  The J came
> from a fancy way of writing a capital I - I and Y sound very much
> alike....).  Soooo... Yeshua because Jesus.
> That all said, I am pretty sure I've seen "Henry" used more often than
> anything when it the H. is spelled out.
> /-Chad W. Smith/
> On Tue, Sep 24, 2013 at 11:57 AM, Mike Harrison <cluon at geeklabs.com
> <mailto:cluon at geeklabs.com>> wrote:
> never knew what the H was for..
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