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Posted: March 25, 2011 in Did you know?, History Related
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A lot of you old church goers may recognize this acronym. It has been a common acronym written or engraved in many churches all over the world. But what does it mean?

Many think it is “In His Spirit.” Some think it is the Latin phrase Iesus Hominum Salvator (Jesus, Savior of Man). Others think it is Iesus Habemus Socium (We have Jesus as our companion). Sorry but these are all wrong, and you actually might disappointed to know what it really means. “H” is actually the Greek symbol for the letter “eta” or “e.” IHS is actually just the first three letters of Jesus’ name in Greek. “Jes” equals “IHS.”[1] Not as amazing as you thought right?

[1] J. Stephen Lang, 1001 Things You Always Wanted to Know About the Bible.  (New York:NY Barnes & Noble, Inc. 2010) Pg 67.