Yesterday we looked at Yahweh, the only name men call upon to be saved. Today we will examine, Yahshua (Jesus' name in Hebrew). Yahshua or Yeshua literally means "Yahweh Saves." Yahweh doesn't just save, Yahweh is salvation. Within the very name of Jesus' original Hebrew name is the name of Yahweh, on whom men must call to be saved. It is no wonder that Yahshua is the name above all names and at His name every knee will bow (Philippians 2:9-10). His name is synonymous with His father's name. In John 17:6, Jesus proclaimed He had manifested the Father's name unto men. In Yahshua, we behold the Father's name and wonder at the miracle of Yahweh in human flesh Saving us.
Yahshua is usually translated into English as Joshua. How then did we get the name Jesus in the Bible you may wonder? Well, the answer is both simple and complex. In simple terms, the word Joshua is used for Jesus' name in a few sections of the New Testament, while Jesus is used in the majority of text. If you examine the Strong's Greek numbers for either of these words, both names have the exact same Greek word identified. The Greek translation of the Hebrew word had a four major problems of consonant and vowel sounds that couldn't smoothly transition between the languages. Sadly, in Greek the translation of the name of Yahshua lost most of of its sound and meaning. Therefore, Yahshua was known as "ee-ay-soos" to the Greek speaking world for nearly 400 years. Then Latin became the dominant language in the Christian world. Yahshua's mistranslated name in Greek was then translated into Latin as "Iesou," or "Iesus." As the English language developed "i" became a "j" and Jesus became the translation into modern English. Before the 12th Century though, there was no "j" sound in Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek or Latin. William Tyndale was the first person to use the letter J instead of I in the first printed Bible in 1526. The original Bible readers would have pronounced the name "Jee-zuz."
Today's English bibles repeat this mistransliteration of Yahshua as Jesus. Interestingly, every "J" name in the Bible has come from these mistransliterations - Judah, Jerusalem, John, Jew, etc. When Yahshua walked the earth, the world never heard the name "Jesus" or sound of J.
"Remember, the name Jesus has existed for only a few hundred years"
This last quote is taken from a very scholarly article from the website listed below. For more insight into Yahshua or Jesus, please read it.
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