Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Jesus 1 4? B.C.-A.D. 29? A teacher and prophet whose life and teachings form the basis of Christianity. Christians believe Jesus to be Son of God and the Christ.
  • Jesus 2 Called "son of Sirach.” fl. third century B.C. The author of the Apocryphal book of Ecclesiasticus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. Jesus of Nazareth, a Jewish man whom Christians call Jesus Christ in belief that he is the Messiah.
  • proper n. A male given name in Spanish culture; an anglicized spelling of Jesús.
  • n. A Christian savior.
  • n. An artistic representation of a Christian savior.
  • interj. An expletive, whose use is considered blasphemous in some Christian sects.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. The savior; the name of the Son of God as announced by the angel to his parents; the personal name of Our Lord, in distinction from Christ, his official appellation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The Greek form of Joshua, used in the authorized version of the Bible twice to designate the Jewish leader so named (Acts vii. 45, Heb. iv. 8), once to designate a man called Justus (Col. iv. 11), and elsewhere as the personal name of the Saviour, frequently conjoined with Christ, the Anointed, the official title.
  • n. With the article, a representation of the crucifixion or of the ecce homo, or even of the mere emblem of Christ, such as the I. H. S. or : used in old inventories, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a teacher and prophet born in Bethlehem and active in Nazareth; his life and sermons form the basis for Christianity (circa 4 BC - AD 29)

Etymologies

Middle English, from Late Latin Iēsus, from Greek Iēsous, from Hebrew yēšûă', from yəhôšûa', Joshua; see Joshua1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek Ἰησοῦς, from Hebrew ישוע. The Greek text makes no distinction between Jesus and Joshua, referring to them both as Ἰησοῦς. The Latin Vulgate is likely the earliest to make a distinction, referring to Jesus as Iesus and Joshua as Iosue. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Reply: jesus ate meat regularly regarding the passover; Jesus would have performed the passover ritual for years (he was a rabbi) and all involved would have partaken of the meat.

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    Palin, Fox, 'Jesus on Acid' and the End of the World

  • Palin, Fox, 'Jesus on Acid' and the End of the World yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'Palin, Fox, \'Jesus on Acid\' and the End of the World '; yahooBuzzArticleSummary =' Page 2 of Article: Article: What most Americans don\'t know is that someone like Palin -- who says God is "leading her" -- believe that what God wants them to do is implement the reconstructionist agenda.

    Palin, Fox, 'Jesus on Acid' and the End of the World

  • Palin, Fox, 'Jesus on Acid' and the End of the World yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'Palin, Fox, \'Jesus on Acid\' and the End of the World '; yahooBuzzArticleSummary =' Page 4 of Article: Article: What most Americans don\'t know is that someone like Palin -- who says God is "leading her" -- believe that what God wants them to do is implement the reconstructionist agenda.

    Palin, Fox, 'Jesus on Acid' and the End of the World

  • Palin, Fox, 'Jesus on Acid' and the End of the World yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'Palin, Fox, \'Jesus on Acid\' and the End of the World '; yahooBuzzArticleSummary =' Article: What most Americans don\'t know is that someone like Palin -- who says God is "leading her" -- believe that what God wants them to do is implement the reconstructionist agenda.

    Palin, Fox, 'Jesus on Acid' and the End of the World

  • I don't usually throw out one of the, "jesus this post was golden" comments, but Jesus was this post a solid slab of kickass with a liberal sprinkling of awesomesauce throughout.

    Nice Assist: Worth its Weight in Milk

  • Who killed Jesus is a topic of much debate: was it the Jews, the Romans, a combination, Jesus\ 'own father, a plot requirement?

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  • JESUS LOVES FAGS because it's true and it gets in the face of everybody--the fundamentalists, the evangelicals, the strict secularists, the atheists, the public schools, and some gay people who don't realize yet that Jesus loves them.

    "The homosexual agenda has been carefully crafted and packaged to change the way Americans think about homosexuality."

  • JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR: You shoot, Jesus saves: The figurines!

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  • JIM GREEN THE JESUS FILM PROJECT: Our goal is to simply make the story and life of Jesus available to everyone in the world in his or her own language, near to where they live.

    CNN Transcript Apr 8, 2007

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