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is the Greek for Jeshoua.
But the Greeks didn't know that Iêsous
They knew rather that Ies
refers to the divine
, whie -uos
Iêsouos would mean "Son of God".
There is some evidence that even Luke realized this gentile connection:
Luke 1:31-32, 35:
31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.
Note also Justin, 1 Apology
Nihil enim in speciem fallacius est quam prava religio. -Liv. xxxix. 16.