Iisus, not Isus: A Historical Note on the Romanian Orthodox Spelling of the Name of Jesus

A Historical Note on the Romanian Orthodox Spelling of the Name of Jesus: Iisus, not Isus

in ‘Biblicum Jassiense’ (Iaşi), 1 (2010) 146-152.

http://kuleuven.academia.edu/DragosMirsanu/Papers/203937/A-Historical-Note-on-the-Romanian-Orthodox-Spelling-of-the-Name-of-Jesus–Iisus–not-Isus or

http://www.box.net/shared/zqg675aklp

In this paper it is suggested that the use of the spelling ‘Iisus’ for the Christian theonym Iesous (iota=i + eta=i) from the seventeenth century onwards has been the understandable choice for the Orthodox learned in the Romanian lands, not only because of the direct influence of Greek prelates and other erudite figures of the time on the Romanian ecclesiastical culture, but also, possibly, because of the influence of the contemporary developments in Kievan Rus’ and especially in Muscovy. While perhaps familiar to cultural or church historians, this element of detail is likely to be less known to linguists, biblical scholars or liturgists who may wonder why is that the contemporary Orthodox, even when the choice for ‘Isus’ would seem to be linguistically preferable, insist on using the rather artificial spelling ‘I-i-sus’.

7 thoughts on “Iisus, not Isus: A Historical Note on the Romanian Orthodox Spelling of the Name of Jesus

  1. Pingback: “Isus” sau “Iisus” la neoprotestanţi (ex. evanghelici) « Discipulus Simplex

    • [Scuze pt. intarzierea cu care revin]
      Ce spuneti, ca ati observat ca romanii ortodocsi sa renunte, in publicatii samd? Aveti exemple? Cine o face este, cel mai probabil, fie ignorant, fie, eventual, lingvist…

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