: Actually, I guess I have recently become religious. I
: just joined a church for the first time in my life
: earlier this year. (The Episcopal Church, which seems
: to be the most liberal of the mainstream churches deep
: in the heart of Alabama.) This, after a lifetime of
: agnosticism, spiritual questing, investigation of
: Eastern religion, etc. Not that my spiritual journey
: is over.
That is very interesting, Sterling. What was the reason, do you think? What changed? Are you experimenting?
I am reading Midnight's Children, which I had missed the first time round (2009, August) and I found out that in India they call Jesus Christ "Isa," that is what we call him in Turkish too. In Turkey, there are many muslims named Isa.
Isa is an Arabic name corresponding to Jesus in English. It is a common male given name for the Arabs and Muslims.
Arabic-speaking Muslims refer to Jesus as Isa, while Arabic-speaking Christians refer to Jesus as Yasu. Jesus is considered a prophet in Islam (see Islamic view of Jesus), and his name is used in these two forms in the Qur'an and Arabic versions of the Bible, respectively.
Isa is also a female name meaning "iron" in Teutonic, "rainbow" in Chamoru or a short form of Isabella.
Main article: Islamic view of Jesus
The English form of the name "Jesus" is derived from the Latin Iēsus, which in turn comes from the Greek Iēsoûs...
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