Tuesday, 19 May 2009

In the name of Yeshua ben Yoseph

From http://www.behindthename.com


Gender: Masculine

Usage: Theology, Biblical

Pronounced: JEE-zəs (English) [key]

English form of Ιησους (Iesous), which was the Greek form of the Aramaic name יֵשׁוּעַ (Yeshu'a). Yeshu'a is itself a contracted form of Yehoshu'a (see JOSHUA). Yeshua ben Yoseph, better known as Jesus Christ, was the central figure of the New Testament and the source of the Christian religion. The four Gospels state that he was the son of God and the Virgin Mary who fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah. He preached for three years before being crucified in Jerusalem.

All simple enough but now check out the comments page where the real fun begins as the logical and the liturgical take sides.

You have to wonder about the twisted logic behind:

When I was thirteen, a fifteen year old boy named Jesus (hay-SOOS) left our school because he sexually assaulted me. I think that it is horrible to have to say 'yes, Jesus sexually assaulted me the other day.' So, soon-to-be parents, on the off chance that your son turns out to be a weirdo, do not name him Jesus.

Well I laughed.