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Title: A Historical Note on the Romanian Orthodox Spelling of the Name of Jesus: ‘Iisus’, Not ‘Isus’
Authors: Mirsanu, Dragos # ×
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Alexandru Ioan Cuza University
Series Title: Biblicum Jassyense vol:1 pages:149-155
Abstract: In this paper it is suggested that the use of the spelling ‘Iisus’ for the 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’.
ISSN: 2068-7664
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: DI
Appears in Collections:Research Unit of History of Church and Theology
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