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English form of Ιησους (Iesous), which was the Greek form of the Aramaic name יֵשׁוּעַ (Yeshu'a). Yeshu'a is itself a contracted form of Yehoshu'a (see JOSHUA). Yeshua ben Yoseph, better known as Jesus Christ, was the central figure of the New Testament and the source of the Christian religion. The four gospels state that he was the son of God and the Virgin Mary who fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah. He preached for three years before being crucified in Jerusalem.
Other Languages & CulturesYeshua Ancient Aramaic Essa, Isa, Issa, Yushua Arabic Josu Basque Iesous Biblical Greek Yehoshua, Yeshua Biblical Hebrew Iesus, Iosue Biblical Latin Jozua Dutch Joshua English Josué French Xesús Galician Iokua Hawaiian Yehoshua Hebrew Józsua Hungarian Giosuè Italian Josué Portuguese Jesús, Josué, Chucho, Chus, Chuy Spanish İsa Turkish
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Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute