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Should Jesus be Capitalized?

In discussing whether the name “Jesus” should be capitalized, we can consider several aspects based on Christian tradition, English language conventions, and biblical texts.

Christian Tradition and Language Conventions

In English, proper nouns, including names of people, are capitalized. “Jesus” is the name of a central figure in Christianity, believed by Christians to be the Son of God and the savior of humanity. Therefore, from both a linguistic and a religious respect perspective, it is proper to capitalize “Jesus.”

Relevant Biblical Verses

From a biblical standpoint, the use of the name “Jesus” is consistent across translations, always capitalized, as seen in verses like:

  • John 3:16 (ESV): “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
  • Philippians 2:9-11 (ESV): “Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Examples from Christian Texts and Practices

In all Christian texts, liturgies, and hymns, the name “Jesus” is consistently capitalized, reflecting not only grammatical rules but also reverence and doctrinal importance.

Three Main Takeaways

  1. Grammatical Correctness: “Jesus” is a proper noun and, according to the rules of English grammar, should be capitalized.
  2. Religious Respect: Capitalizing “Jesus” shows reverence for a figure regarded as divine and central in Christianity.
  3. Consistency: Christian doctrine, biblical scripture, and liturgical texts consistently capitalize “Jesus,” underscoring its importance and sanctity.

In summary, “Jesus” should always be capitalized in writing as it adheres to both grammatical standards and religious respect. This practice is uniformly observed in religious texts and by adherents of the faith when writing or speaking about Jesus.


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