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The Declension of Jesus

by Steve
(San Francisco, CA)

Dear Latin Teacher,


It seems that Jesus has a special declension; is that so?

Thank you, Steve


Dear Steve,

It is so. Although technically it follows the fourth declension, the noun Jesus has only three forms. The nominative subject is Jesus, the accusative object is Jesum, while all other forms are Jesu.

That means the vocative, dative, ablative and genitive are all Jesu.

And of course there is no plural.

Hope this helps, and thanks for asking a Latin teacher.

Sincerely,

John

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