[Chugalug] [OT] "What does the H stand for" WAS:Passwords
nicederangement at gmail.com
Tue Oct 1 19:59:39 UTC 2013
Thanks for clearing up that long-standing mystery.
On Oct 1, 2013 3:44 PM, "Robert A. Kelly III" <bluethegrappler at gmail.com>
> 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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