What does IXOYE mean?
Updated: Jul 13, 2019
A question we get asked, What does IXOYE mean?
For Christians, the fish is one of the earliest symbols, it was used to profess faith and to avoid persecution. "IXOYE" was a used as an anagram by members of the early Christian church to identify themselves. It means "Jesus Christ - Son of God - Saviour".
IXOYE is the Greek word for "fish".
The Greek letters break down as follows:
I – Iota is the first letter of Iesous (Jesus) X – Chi is the first letter of Christos (Christ) Θ – Theta is the first letter of Theos (God) Y – Upsilon is the first letter of Yios (Son) Σ – Sigma is the fist letter of Soter (Saviour)
“Jesus, Christ, Son of God, Saviour”.
The fish symbol also helped Christians distinguish between friend and foe. When a Christian met a stranger in the road, whilst traveling, the Christian would draw half the fish (half a crescent) in the sand. If the other person completed the fish, he or she was a Christian and the two would know it was safe to discuss the Lord.
Believers in Jesus were themselves "little fishes", according to the well-known passage of Tertullian (De baptismo, c. 1) "we, little fishes, after the image of our IXOYE, Jesus Christ, are born in the water".
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