What�s in a middle name?
Oct 22, 2008, 00:09
One of my ongoing academic hobbies is researching historic
origins of biblical and apocryphal books, and trying to determine how and why
various stories and doctrines relating to Christianity, and other religions,
One question that has befuddled theological and biblical
scholars for millennium is what the letter �H� stands for in the moniker �Jesus
H. Christ.� Researchers have searched in vain, for centuries, attempting to
answer this question.
A recent archeological discovery has finally shed some light
on this age old query. According to
documents obtained from insiders at the Biblical Institute for Archaeology (BIA), a papyrus fragment found
in Egypt, known as �Papyrus
P52-H,� or St John�s Fragment, contains a portion of an earlier version
of the Gospel of John which reveals Jesus� full name; a detail missing from
previously known manuscripts (why subsequent versions of John dropped the
middle name has become a hot topic right now in theological circles).
What makes P52-H noteworthy is it�s not only the earliest
version of John, but also the oldest extant record of any canonical New
Testament text in our possession, lending considerable credence to its primacy.
The style of the script (strongly Hadrinic) and carbon dating of the papyrus
suggest a composition date somewhere between 125 and 160 c.e. .
The key passage
occurs in John 18:31-33, and is reproduced below in the original Greek, with
the name of Jesus in bold:
[ΟΙ ΙΟΥΔΑΙΟΙ ΗΜΙΝ ΟΥΚ ΕΞΕΣΤΙΝ ΑΠΟΚΤΕΙΝΑΙ OYΔΕΝΑ ΙΝΑ Ο Ίησονς Χουσεΐν Χριστός ΤΟΥ
ΙΗΣΟΥ ΠΛΗΡΩΘΗ ΟΝ ΕΙΠΕΝ ΣΕΜΑΙΝΩΝ
ΠΟΙΩ ΘΑΝΑΤΩ ΗΜΕΛΛΕΝ ΑΠΟΘΝΕΣΚΕΙΝ ΕΙΣΗΛΘΕΝ
ΟΥΝ ΠΑΛΙΝ ΕΙΣ ΤΟ ΠΡΑΙΤΩΡΙΟΝ Ο ΠΙΛΑΤΟΣ
ΚΑΙ ΕΦΩΝΗΣΕΝ ΤΟΝ ΙΗΣΟΥΝ ΚΑΙ ΕΙΠΕΝ
ΑΥΤΩ ΣΥ ΕΙ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΥΣ ΤΩΝ ΙΟΥΔΑΙΩN]
Here�s how scholars have translated the name from Greek to
Hebrew to English:
�Ίησονς Χουσεΐν Χριστός�
�Yeshua Husseindou Khrist�s�
Yes, that�s right.
The �H� stands for �Hussein.�
Here�s the passage in
its entirety: . . . the Jews, �To us it is lawful to kill no one� so that the word of Jesus
Hussein Christ might be fulfilled which he
said signifying by what sort of death he was about to die. He entered again into the Praetorium Pilate and called Jesus and said to him �Are you king of the Jews?�
Despite the fact
that this fragment appears to be
the long lost, and definitive, answer to the �H� question, the BIA has been reluctant to go public
with this news.
Questioned as to
why, a spokesman for the Institute (whose primary financial backer is Rupert
Murdoch) refused comment, but the insiders who leaked the document told
reporters the BIA had intended to keep this under wraps until 2009 -- after the
US presidential election.
Well, we all know
what that�s about, now don�t we. An organization whose sole (supposed) purpose
is to gather and reveal archeological evidence of theological importance, decides to intentionally suppress
the answer to one of the most sought after biblical mysteries, for no other
reason than to preserve, for the McCain/Palin campaign, one of their most
But at least now
Keep this in mind
the next time you�re accosted by some right-winger hollering . . .�Obama�s
middle name is HUSSEIN! DON�T YOU GET IT?! HE MIGHT BE A TERRORIST!!�
Be sure to remind
him or her that they �might� be skating on thin, and blasphemous, ice.
*(Admittedly I have trouble even fathoming what
level of mentality they�re appealing to with this �middle name� thing. But . .
. I guess you go with what you got, and dance with those that brought ya.)
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