(1)   A teacher and prophet born in Bethlehem and active in Nazareth; his life and sermons form the basis for Christianity (circa 4 BC - AD 29)


From from . The Greek text makes no distinction between Jesus and Joshua, referring to them both as . The Latin Vulgate is likely the earliest to make a distinction, referring to Jesus as and Joshua as .

Proper noun

  1. Jesus of Nazareth, a Jewish man whom Christians name Jesus Christ in belief that he is the Messiah.
  2. in Spanish culture; an anglicized spelling of .

Usage notes

  • The possessive of the Jesus as the name of the Christian Messiah may be either Jesus’s or Jesus' , pronounced in the same way as the name. Traditionally, the latter is used. In the case of the male given name, Jesus’s is the usual form.


  1. A Christian savior.
    • William Revell Moody (ed.), "Record of Christian Work", 1913, p 441
      And, says George Eliot, and all who believe in her teaching, it is perfectly true that He is with us now in a dumb, vague, blessed impulse. Is that your Jesus? If I may recall my illustration of the train, I will tell you of my Jesus.
    • Scot McKnight, "Jesus and His Death", 2005, p152
      ...leading Dom Crossan at times to the witty criticism that modern Jesus books are in a quest for who can say "my Jesus is more Jewish than your Jesus"...
    • Clinton Bennett, "In Search of Jesus", 2001, p231
      Your Jesus is my Jesus' greatest enemy
    • Depeche Mode, "Personal Jesus", from the album "Violator", 1989.
      Your own personal Jesus
  2. An artistic representation of a Christian savior.


  1. An expletive, whose use is considered blasphemous in some Christian sects.

See also