Does Jesus really mean Hail Zeus?
A claim that is so often made by those that say we can only use the Hebrew name of the Messiah, is that the name Jesus actually means hail Zeus. Many claim that it was through Emperor Constantine that the corruption began.
They will often cite the fact that English name, Jesus, has a similar sound (not really) to the English hail Zeus.
However when we investigate this claim we will see that there is NOTHING to say that the name Jesus is linked to hail Zeus beyond the similarity in sound of the 2 names (which actually isn’t even that similar if you pronounce Jesus (gee zus rather that (gee Zeus).
It is a very weak argument at best and is very easily shown false.
I also have a writing showing that the name Jesus does not mean earth pig .. (yes there are many false and ridiculous attacks against the name Jesus.
And another which shows we can use the name Jesus
But back to the writing in question.
The English name Jesus is simply the modern anglicised transliteration of the Latin Iēsūs (pronounced Ee-Ay-zus) which itself is a transliteration of the Greek Ἰησοῦς Iēsous (pronounced Ee -Ay sus) None of which, when pronounced correctly, are pronounced Zeus (zoos).
However, the Greek word translated as Zeus is Διός. The Written Greek Διός and Ἰησοῦς are not even remotely the same name. The pronunciation of Διός makes it even more clear that there is no connection between the 2 as this is pronounced (Dee as).
It must also be noted that the Greek word which is translated into the English as Hail is χαίρω chairó. Therefore Hail Zeus in the Greek would actually be χαίρω Διός which does not even remotely resemble The Greek Ἰησοῦς. The Latin equivalent for is χαίρω ave.
The accusative form of Διός , Δία, even appears in the Bible…..
Acts 14-12 ἐκάλουν τε τὸν μὲν Βαρναβᾶν Δία τὸν δὲ Παῦλον Ἑρμῆν ἐπειδὴ αὐτὸς ἦν ὁ ἡγούμενος τοῦ λόγου
This is translated as JUPITER in the KJV.
Acts 14-12 And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker. KJV
However other translations such as the NIV, translate this as Zeus.
Acts 14-12 Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes because he was the chief speaker. NIV
I won’t go into why Jupiter, latin Iuppiter (Jupiter is the Roman equivalent of Zeus) is the correct translation here, but what is clear is that the Bible even uses the Greek name which is meant to be where Jesus originates and does not apply it to Jesus who, over 900, times in the Greek is referred to as Ἰησοῦς.
Many early Church fathers used the Greek Ἰησοῦς in their writings LONG before Christianity entered the Roman Empire and Constantine was even born.
These include but certainly not limited to
Ignatius of Antioch 50-108 AD
Justin Martyr 100- 165 AD
Irenaeus 130-202 AD
Clement of Alexandria 150-215AD
Tertullian 155- 220 AD
On investigation there simply is not an argument.
The ONLY way this argument “works” is in the vaguely similar pronunciation of Jesus and hail Zeus in the English.
The English name Jesus and Zeus have NOTHING to do with one another.