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What does IHS stand for?

Canisius | 03 January, 2006 16:45

In the entry for the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus (Vol. 2, Bk. 1, p. 397), Fr. Shepherd inserts the following translator's footnote: "The name was, anciently, often written Ihesus; hence in its contracted form alluded to, the letter H was given: the E following was virtually included in the aspirate." This last statement means that the E in IHESUS was understood as included in the H of IHS.

This may well be--I don't know much about history or language. But it is also true that IHS is the first three letters of Jesus' name in Greek capital letters. It is usually written in Greek Bibles as Iesous, with the second letter being the long e (eta). But a capital eta in Greek is written as H, and so the first three letters in capitals would be IHS.


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