And now for something inappropriate.
Tonight I was watching the Stephen Colbert Report and his word of the day was “Jesi.” Damnit I have been using that word for years, and now Colbert has stolen it from me! Stolen, you ask? Indeed, if you look at Wikipedia it says that “Jesi is also the plural form of Jesus, according to Stephen Colbert.” (oh and it is also town in Italy.) But I’ve been using Jesi for ages to describe what would happen if you cloned Jesus from the Shroud of Turin. The result of this experiment is that you would have lots of Jesi. Actually you would be amazed at how useful this word is in theological arguments (of which I’m usually on the losing end, so what do I know.)

11 Replies to “Jesi”

  1. Gee, as long as we’re on random subjects, are there any “Quantum Pontiff” fans who can point to article(s) linking (1) model order reduction (MOR) to (2) quantum trajectory simulation (unraveling)?
    I’m writing a topical review on this subject, and what I’m finding is thousands (literally) of articles on each subject, and yet very few articles linking the two together. E.g., in INSPEC I find
    quantum AND trajectory : 2568 records
    “model reduction” OR “order reduction”: 1615 records
    union of the above: 0 records
    I have seldom encountered two research communities employing such similar mathematical and physical concepts, and yet having such such little cross-fertilization of the literature!

  2. Since the genitive of “Jesus” is “Jesu”, it has to be declined in Latin according to the 4th declension, so the nominative/accusative plural would be “Jesus” (with a long “u”). Of course, it is really declined that way because it is a Graecified form, and the Greek nominative/accusative plural would presumably have to be “Iesoi”/”Iesous”. Don’t ask about the original Hebrew, that’s one language I never studied.
    And I very much doubt that any viable human DNA would be left in the shroud, in particular after what it has been through (the C-14 dating to the Middle Ages is in doubt because a church in which it was kept at the time burnt down, contaminating it with micro- and nanoscopic particles from smoke and ashes, so the C-14 levels detected might be medieval, even if the shroud itself was ancient). And a Jesus clone wouldn’t be Jesus any more than an Albert Einstein clone would be the discoverer of Special and General Relativity.

  3. I would agree with you on all three points!
    However I would note that “Jesi” sounds cooler, the premise of cloning Jesus from the Shroud of Turin (home of this years winter Olympic Games) is a good premise for a science fiction novel, and whether a Jesus clone would be more like Jesus than like Einstein is a very good question.

  4. David, You are weird. You are officially the Weirdest In The Family. I am going to read your blog to Catherine and she, as the swing vote, will seal the deal. You’re just weird. But I love you!

  5. late comment, I know. But I was inspired upon learning that the plural of “genus” was “genera”. Thus, Jesus should pluralize to “Jesera”.

  6. verdicchio dei castellllliii!!!!!mmmmm che buono!!
    i can guarantee that’s a very good wine!
    i’m from there.
    bye guys!!

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