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The term "Cristo Jesús" does occur in several places in the Bible. For example, in Efesios 2:10. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Efesios+2%3A10&version=RVR1960 I think this follows the word order chosen in the original Greek. The English translations do the same thing. Paul sometimes uses one word order, sometimes the other. As to ...


lt might come from Latin, perhaps because all the declensions but two are Iesu (nominative Iesus, and accusative Iesum), v.g. Jesu Christi. This might have lead to a hyphenated use in Spanish as Jesu-Christo. The RAE erased the h. And, I don't know when or how, it got merged. (Still, I realize it's just a theory. Somehow I managed to be sure, so I checked ...

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