I've never heard of this before... you must be reading some pretty obscure stuff
It is not very obscure. It is linked to the beliefs about the cross being a pagan symbol and that Christianity is sun worship.
Not everything one reads is true.
Indeed it is not.
Well, no scholars agree with those ideas, so I would discard them.
Quite a few do. There are many discussions about Christianity being based on the old religions of Babylon, Egypt and Rome.
Greek for Jesus: Ιησουσ. (pron. Yé-soos or Yee-soos)
Greek for Zeus: Ζευσ. (pron. Zyoos or Zefs)
They're not pronounced similarly. They're not spelled similarly. Iesous is a form of Hebrew Joshua. Zeus clearly is not.
Ridiculous idea. Pay no attention to it.
Thank you for clarifying. It may indeed be possible that they have no evidence for this claim. This claim is made by many in the Scared Name Movement.
Zeus=Jesus is just more bizarre etymological relativism.
That may indeed be the case. I hope it is.
I would like to read these materials before I tender an opinion.
You can find them all over the internet.
IIRC, the name "Jesus" is an English transliteration of the Latin transliteration of the Greek transliteration of the Original Hebrew Name "Yeshua" (the "s" sound at the end is the masculine end to many names in Greek if I've been told correctly, also the "j" sound was added at the beginning so it would be easier for people with German accents). Whoever told you it was a pagan name has no idea what he was talking about, all it was was a sad case of over-transliteration.
Well this idea comes from a larger set of ones that Christianity is based on paganism or sun worship. Therefore they want to say that the Christ of Christianity was a different person, not Jesus but a man who had a Hebrew name.
I put down money that this pile of twaddle is among said materials.
Yes this is one example of these sorts of ideas.
Of late I have been reading some materials which say that the name Jesus is the same as Zeus. I've heard that one before and even though I think a case can be made for Iesous being a Greek name I don't think the Zeus etymology works. A better case can be made for Iesous being the male form of Iaso.
Understood and what would be the implication of this?