Joshwa - Miracles (Extended Mix) [BLACK BOOK RECORDS]
Recently, some of our readers have asked us why we use the name Yeshua in the place of Jesus.\r\nOther readers challenge us to use Yahshua instead of Yeshua, believing that Yah more accurately reflects the divine nature of Yeshua and is the correct way to pronounce the name of the Jewish Messiah.\r\nStill others think the real name of Yeshua is the derogatory Yeshu.\r\nWhich is correct?\r\n\r\n[caption id=\"attachment_30786\" align=\"alignnone\" width=\"544\"] Yeshua Teaches People by the Sea, by James Tissot[\/caption]\r\n\r\nJoshua and Jesus in Greek\r\nSince the name \u201cJesus\u201d occurs in our English Bibles over 900 times, some people feel quite certain that the Jewish Messiah had the name Jesus.\r\nActually, the name Jesus is an English equivalent (transliteration) of the Greek name\u2014I\u03b7\u03c3\u03bf\u1fe6\u03c2, pronounced as \"eeaysoos,\" which is a transliteration of the Hebrew name \u05d9\u05b5\u05e9\u05c1\u05d5\u05bc\u05e2\u05b7, pronounced Yeshua.\r\nSo, the argument that we must only use the name Jesus because that is the name used in the Brit Chadashah is not quite accurate.\r\nSome Believers object entirely to saying \u201cJesus\u201d because they believe the Greek name \"Iesous\" sounds too much like the Greek god Zeus and is, therefore, pagan in origin. \u00a0They say that those who speak the English name of Jesus or the Greek Iesous are calling on a pagan god.\r\nThe reality is that the pronunciation of Yeshua has no exact equivalent in Greek.\r\nThe Greek alphabet has no \u201cy\u201d or \u201csh\u201d sound, so in Greek writing, the \u201cYe\u201d in Yeshua became an \u201ceeay\u201d sound, and the \u201csh\u201d became an \u201cs\u201d sound.\r\nAlso, Greek did not allow a male name to end in an \u201cah\u201d sound, so the solution was to add an \u201cs\u201d to the end as many Greek male names have today. \u00a0Thus, Yeshua in Hebrew became Iesous in Greek.\r\nThis Greek spelling is the standard substitute for both Yehoshua and Yeshua in the Septuagint (Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible) and in the writings of first-century Romano-Jewish scholar Josephus and the Hellenistic Jewish philosopher Philo of Alexandria.\r\n\r\n[caption id=\"attachment_30620\" align=\"alignnone\" width=\"544\"] Hebrew variations of the name Yeshua.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nJoshua and Yeshua in Hebrew\r\nThe proper Hebrew name for Jesus is Yeshua (\u05d9\u05b5\u05e9\u05c1\u05d5\u05bc\u05e2\u05b7), which means salvation. \u00a0This is a shortened form of the Hebrew name Yehoshua (\u05d9\u05d4\u05d5\u05e9\u05d5\u05e2), which is Joshua in English and means the Lord saves, the Lord is salvation or the Lord will save.\r\nAround the time of Yeshua, this shortened form of Yehoshua, was common and popular around Jerusalem, as seen on many ossuaries from that time period.\r\nIn the Tanakh (Jewish Bible), the names Yeshua and Yehoshua are mentioned almost 30 times and are given to five different men. \u00a0They are frequently translated interchangeably as Joshua; for example, in Ezra 3:2, there is a reference to Joshua \/ Yeshua (\u05d9\u05b5\u05e9\u05c1\u05a8\u05d5\u05bc\u05e2\u05b7) son of (\u05d1\u05b6\u05bc\u05df\u05be) Jozadak (\u05d9\u05bd\u05d5\u05b9\u05e6\u05b8\u05d3\u05b8\u059c\u05e7), one of the priests in the time of Zerubbabel after the return from the exile in Babylon.\r\nMany English translations of Ezra 3:2 use the name Jeshua (Yeshua) instead of\u00a0Joshua.\r\n\r\n[caption id=\"attachment_30792\" align=\"alignnone\" width=\"544\"] Several ossuaries, chests serving as the final resting place of human skeletal remains, with the name Yeshua have been found in Israel.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nIn Zechariah 3 and 6, this same man is called Yehoshua (Joshua).\r\nThe first instance of Yehoshua is in Exodus: Yehoshua (\u05d9\u05b0\u05d4\u05b9\u05d5\u05e9\u05bb\u05c1\u05a3\u05e2\u05b7) Ben (\u05d1\u05b4\u05bc\u05df) Nun (\u05df\u05e0\u0591\u05d5\u05bc), most often translated as Joshua son of Nun, who was Moses\u2019 assistant and led the Israelites into the Promised Land.\r\nIn Numbers 13:8, however, Joshua is called Hoshea (\u05d4\u05d5\u05b9\u05e9\u05b5\u05c1\u05e2\u05b7) ben Nun, one of the spies sent out by Moses to scout out the land of Canaan.\r\nThe name Hoshea means he saves. \u00a0But that was not accurate enough for Joshua's mission in life. \u00a0Moses changes his name to Yehoshua by taking Hoshea and adding the letter yud, which comes from the yud in YHWH, the divine name.\r\nIn doing this, Moses changed Joshua\u2019s name to mean YHWH is salvation or YHWH saves, delivers.\r\n\u201cThese are the names of the men Moses sent to explore the land. \u00a0(Moses gave Hoshea son of Nun the name Yehoshua.)\u201d \u00a0(Numbers 13:16)\r\nAs an example of the interchangeability of Yehoshua and Yeshua in later books of the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) and among the Jews of the Second Temple period, in Nehemiah 8:17, Joshua son of Nun, usually called Yehoshua Ben Nun, is called Yeshua Ben Nun.\r\n\u201cFrom the days of Joshua [\u05d9\u05b5\u05e9\u05c1\u05d5\u05bc\u05e2\u05b7\u2013Yeshua] son of Nun until that day....\u201d\r\n\r\n[caption id=\"attachment_30712\" align=\"alignnone\" width=\"544\"] Moses Blesses Joshua Before the High Priest, by James Tissot[\/caption]\r\n\r\nWhy Jewish People Call Him Yeshu\r\nThe Talmud (Rabbinic teachings) mentions the name Yeshua only once in reference to Yeshua ben Jozadek (whom we mentioned above).\r\nAll other instances of the name Joshua are Yehoshua, although the name for one man\u2014Yeshua of Nazareth\u2014is rendered Yeshu (\u05d9\u05e9\u05d5).\r\nIt has been said that this name is actually an acronym for the Hebrew phrase \u201cY'mach Sh'mo V'Zichrono (May his name and the memory of him be blotted out), although some have suggested that it is a Galilean form of Yeshua.\r\nMost Jews are unaware of the potentially derogatory origin and, for this reason, they commonly refer to Yeshua as Yeshu, as if that were His true name.\r\nFor the most part, even the Israeli media use Yeshu to refer to Yeshua, although in rare cases He will be called by His proper name.\r\nHis full name in secular Hebrew is Yeshu Ha-Notzri (Jesus the Nazarene).\r\nThis name also appears in the Ben Yehuda Hebrew dictionary and in most secular Hebrew texts; however, the Hebrew spelling Yeshua (\u05d9\u05e9\u05d5\u05e2) is used in translations of the New Testament into Hebrew.\r\n\r\n[caption id=\"attachment_30790\" align=\"alignleft\" width=\"310\"] Yeshua Teaches in the Synagogue, James Tissot[\/caption]\r\n\r\nIs His Correct Name Yahshua?\r\nSome of our readers have asked Bibles For Israel to use the name Yahshua instead of Yeshua. \u00a0Many of them believe that because \u201cYah\u201d is the first part of God\u2019s personal name \u201cYahweh,\u201d it is supposed to be the first part of His Son\u2019s name as well.\r\nHowever, because there are no vowels in Hebrew, no one can be 100% sure that His name is pronounced \u201cYahweh.\u201d\r\nWe do know for sure, though, that the use of \u201cYah\u201d in the Messiah\u2019s Hebrew name cannot be supported by any evidence available from archaeological findings, such as the Dead Sea scrolls, in inscriptions, nor in any rabbinical texts.\r\nIn these Hebrew texts, the personal and unutterable name for God is the Tetragrammaton or Four Letters: Yud-Hei-Vav-Hei (\u05d9\u05d4\u05d5\u05d4 or YHVH, in English).\r\nThis name, which is thought to be pronounced as Yahweh, although some say Jehovah, is so holy that it was not spoken outside the Temple, and then only once a year on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) by the Kohen HaGadol (High Priest).\r\n\r\n[caption id=\"attachment_30713\" align=\"alignnone\" width=\"544\"] A Jewish man who is dressed in white prays on Yom Kippur with upraised hands.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nA name of God that is related to \u05d9\u05d4\u05d5\u05d4 (YHVH) is the name \u05d9\u05d4 (Yah), perhaps a shortened form of the unutterable name. \u00a0This name of God appears about 50 times in the Tanakh. \u00a0It is part of the construction of the Hebrew word Halleluyah (Praise Yah), as well as many Hebrew names, including Elijah (Eliyahu), Isaiah (Yeshayah), and Jeremiah (Yirmyahu or Yirmyah).\r\nThe name \"Yahshua\", however, exists nowhere in the Bible or the Hebrew historic\u00a0record.\r\nIn this new pronunciation for Yeshua, a fifth letter is added right in the middle of God\u2019s holy name\u2014\u05e9\u2014sh, thereby creating a new name Yahshua\u2014\u05d9\u05d4\u05e9\u05d5\u05d4\r\nThe five-letter spelling of Yahshuah (\u05d9\u05d4\u05e9\u05d5\u05d4\u200e) rather than the four-letter spelling of Yeshua (\u05d9\u05b5\u05e9\u05c1\u05d5\u05bc\u05e2\u05b7) can be first traced to Christian Renaissance occultists in the second half of the 16th century.\r\nA similar form of this new spelling was later picked up by the Sacred Name Movement (SNM), which uses its own unique Hebrew spelling of Yahshua (\u05d9\u05d4\u05e9\u05e2) not found anywhere in the Hebrew Scriptures.\r\nThis new spelling of Yeshua can be traced back to the early days of the SNM movement in the 1930s.\r\nThe organization Yahweh\u2019s Assembly in Yahshua, a group associated with the Sacred Name Movement, makes the following doctrinal statement regarding this\u00a0name:\r\n\u201c\u2018Yahshua\u2019 is the correct name of the Savior, a contraction of the combination of \u2018YAHweh\u2019 and \u2018HoSHUA,\u2019 the same as given to Joshua the son of Nun by Moses.\u201d \u00a0(YAIY Beacon, April-June 2013, p. 8)\r\nTo create this new combination, one has to change the pronunciation of Hoshea to Hoshua, which is not found in any lexicon or dictionary because the \u201coo\u201d letter is not included in the Hebrew spelling of Hoshea. \u00a0To arrive at this version of Yeshua's name, one has to start with a made-up Hebrew name.\r\n\r\n[caption id=\"attachment_30789\" align=\"alignleft\" width=\"320\"] The Tetragrammaton (YHVH) in a stain-glass window in Winchester Cathedral[\/caption]\r\n\r\nCalling on His Name\r\nAs Scriptural support, those who insist on this pronunciation of Yahshua point to Yeshua who says, \u201cI have come in My Father\u2019s Name.\u201d \u00a0(John 5:43)\r\nFrom this verse, they conclude that His name must have Yah in it. \u00a0But as discussed, this variant of Yeshua does not occur in any Hebrew or Aramaic texts.\r\nThere is no historical support for Yeshua ever using the name of Yah.\r\nEven while on the execution stake, Yeshua did not call His Father by His personal name\u2014Yahweh, but instead \u201cabout three in the afternoon Yeshua cried out in a loud voice, \u2018Eli, Eli, lemasabachthani?\u2019 (which means \u2018My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?\u2019).\u201d \u00a0(Matthew 27:46)\r\nReferring to Scripture, those who follow the teachings of the SNM contend that using this pronunciation of Yeshua\u2019s name will assist in one\u2019s salvation: \"Everyone who calls on the name [onoma] of the Lord will be saved.\" \u00a0(Romans 10:13)\r\nThey also refer to this passage:\r\n\u201cFor this reason also, God highly exalted Him [Yeshua], and bestowed on Him the name [onoma] which is above every name, so that at the name [onoma] of Yeshua EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Yeshua HaMashiach is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.\u201d \u00a0(Philippians 2:9\u201311; see also Isaiah 45:23)\r\n\r\n[caption id=\"attachment_30788\" align=\"alignnone\" width=\"544\"] He Heals the Lame, by James Tissot[\/caption]\r\n\r\nThe Greek word onoma does mean name, but not only in a literal sense; it also refers to the very being of a person.\r\nThroughout the Jewish culture in scripture, one\u2019s name is synonymous to one\u2019s character, nature, and essence.\r\nThe name of Yeshua means salvation, and that is the exact essence of who Yeshua is. To call on the name\/person of Yeshua\u2014the Messiah is to call on\u00a0salvation.\r\nFurthermore, it simply does not make sense that everyone who has sincerely loved and followed the Jewish Messiah throughout the ages did not and will not receive their salvation because they did not speak this new form of Yeshua\u2019s name, as \u201crevealed\u201d to a select few in the early Sacred Name Movement.\r\nScripture clearly states that our salvation comes through grace. \u00a0We do not receive it because of our works, and it is certainly not connected to how we pronounce the Messiah\u2019s name.\r\n\"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.\" \u00a0(Ephesians 2:8)\r\nOur salvation is connected to believing in the character, reputation, and essence of the person behind the Hebrew name\u2014who He is and what He did.\r\nYeshua Himself said, \u201cI am the resurrection and the life. \u00a0The one who believes in Me will live, even though they die.\u201d \u00a0(John 11:25)\r\n\r\n[caption id=\"attachment_30787\" align=\"alignleft\" width=\"313\"] The Resurrection of Lazarus, by James Tissot[\/caption]\r\n\r\nWriting the Sacred Names in Early Manuscripts\r\nIf saying Yeshua\u2019s name correctly was essential to our salvation or even our faith, it seems the early scribes would have kept the Hebrew names intact when making copies of the Gospels and Paul\u2019s letters of instruction to the early Believers. \u00a0But this is not the\u00a0case.\r\nThe oldest manuscripts for the Gospel of John (known as P52 and P66), for example, were written only 50 years after the original authoring. \u00a0In these copies, Hebrew pronunciations are not attempted. \u00a0Instead, Greek abbreviations of Greek equivalent words are\u00a0used:\r\n\r\n\tYeshua is abbreviated as \u0399\u03b7-, (transliterated into English as Je- or Ye- for the name Jesus);\r\n\tMessiah is abbreviated as \u03a7\u03c1- (spoken as Chr- for the Greek name Christos or English name Christ);\r\n\tElohim is written simply as \u0398, which is short for Theos or God\r\n\tAbba is shown as \u03a0\u03c1-, which is short for Pater or Father; and\r\n\tAdonai is reduced to \u039a-, which is short for Kyrios or Lord.\r\n\r\n\r\n[caption id=\"attachment_30794\" align=\"alignnone\" width=\"544\"] A Jewish scribe handwrites a Torah scroll.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nRather than trying to accurately portray the sacred names of God and the Messiah, the early scribes intentionally avoided it. \u00a0This is in keeping with the Jewish practice of using euphemisms, letters or syllables to protect all names of God from being defaced, obliterated or destroyed accidentally.\r\nTwo thousand years later, though, the spiritual sensitivity behind protecting God\u2019s names is being labeled a conspiracy.\r\nDr. Daniel Botkin, pastor of the Gates of Eden Messianic Congregation writing on the Yeshanet website states:\r\n\u201cThe opponents of the Yeshua form claim that this pronunciation is the result of a Jewish conspiracy to hide the Savior\u2019s true name. \u00a0Those who call the Messiah Yeshua are accused of perpetuating a Jewish conspiracy and \u2018denying His name\u2019 or \u2018degrading Him\u2019 by their use of the Yeshua form.\u201d\r\nBotkin said that he has received letters with these charges against himself\u00a0personally.\r\nTo support the use of the name Yeshua, he goes on to quote Dr. Danny Ben-Gigi, an Israeli and former head of Hebrew studies at Arizona University as saying, \u201cThere is no such name in Hebrew (as Yahshua),\u201d a name that \u201cpeople invented it to fit their theology.\u201d\r\n\r\n[caption id=\"attachment_30793\" align=\"alignnone\" width=\"544\"] A Jewish scribe completes a Sefer Torah (Torah scroll).[\/caption]\r\n\r\nPerhaps it seems like a lovely notion to think that Yeshua and Yahweh share the same pronunciation\u2014Yah.\r\nIt is more important, however, to understand the spiritual elitism behind believing that this revelation was given to a select few in the 16th century and then 20th century.\r\nMoreover, it is dangerous heresy to believe that only this unique pronunciation must be used to receive salvation, as many in the Sacred Name Movement claim.\r\nBoth Hebrew and Bible scholars who study ancient Semitic languages, historical literature, and archaeological findings regarding this issue agree that the name Yahshua cannot be supported and, therefore, Bibles For Israel does not endorse it.\r\nBibles For Israel does believe in calling on the name of Yeshua, which in Jewish thinking is calling out for salvation, since the name reflects the person and His\u00a0character.\r\n\r\n[caption id=\"attachment_30715\" align=\"alignnone\" width=\"544\"] A Jewish man prepares to recite morning prayer.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nWe also believe in praying in Yeshua\u2019s name. \u00a0What does that mean? \u00a0It means when we pray, our prayers should reflect His agenda, values and purposes, not our own selfish ambitions and vain conceits.\r\nPraying in Yeshua\u2019s name means we come before Him expressing Yeshua\u2019s desires and stand in Yeshua\u2019s authority.\r\nIt means we have the confidence to stand before our Heavenly Father because of what Yeshua has accomplished through His holy life, His death on the Roman execution stake, His burial, and resurrection.\r\nBecause of His sinless life, He had absolute victory over death and was raised on the third day.\r\nWe come knowing that because of His resurrection He not only holds the power to forgive our sins, but has absolute victory over death, and has defeated the enemy once and for all!\r\nWe come in faith knowing that there is no other name, no other person, who is above Him.\r\n\u201cTherefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Yeshua every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth.\u201d \u00a0(Philippians 2:9\u201310)","post_title":"The Controversy Over the Name of Yeshua","post_excerpt":"Recently, some of our readers have asked us why we use the name Yeshua in the place of Jesus. Other readers challenge us to use Yahshua instead of Yeshua, believing that Yah more accurately reflects the divine nature of Yeshua and is the correct way to pronounce the name of the Jewish Messiah. Still others think the real name of Yeshua is the derogatory Yeshu. Which is correct?","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"open","ping_status":"open","post_password":"","post_name":"the-controversy-over-the-name-of-yeshua","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2021-10-20 12:20:43","post_modified_gmt":"2021-10-20 12:20:43","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"http:\/\/new.messianicbible.com\/?post_type=feature&p=30619","menu_order":0,"post_type":"feature","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"};var $post_thumbnail = " -content/uploads/2014/11/739-_He_Heals_the_Lame_Il_guerit_les_boiteux_-_James_Tissot-cropped1-150x150.jpg";The Sea of Galilee where Yeshua performed many miracles.
Joshwa - Miracles (Extended Mix) [BLACK BOOK RECORDS]