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John 1:6



Definite/Emphasized Names

John (#G2491 Yohannes) originates from the Hebrew Yochanan (#3076) meaning favor of Yahweh or He is Favored.

In Ancient Greek it's common to see the definite article (ho) used with personal names like Ἰησοῦς (Iēsous), which means "Jesus." This usage is idiomatic and serves to specify or emphasize the person being referred to. It's similar to saying "the Jesus" in English. Because the Names are not unimportant, but have purpose, we translate them with the definite article to bring out the emphasis.