Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Why I use YAHSHUA and not YESHUA

In THE MASTER'S WALL and in YAHSHUA'S BRIDGE, you'll notice that the Hebrew name of Jesus I use is Yahshua and not the more popular term Yeshua. Some of you may wonder why. Well, the biggest reason is because I prefer to be as accurate as possible in my writing, and as unpopular as the term "Yahshua" is, it IS THE MOST ACCURATE to the original Hebrew language.

Please allow me to quote from Dr. Lee Warren, B.A., D.D.


How Did the Name Jesus Originate?

By Dr. Lee Warren, B.A., D.D. Edited by Dr. Michelle Huff
(c) 2001 PLIM REPORT, Vol. 10 #5
Feel free to copy and circulate this article for non-commercial purposes provided the Web site and author are mentioned.

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Introduction


Over the last ten years that the Power Latent In Man SHOW has been on cable, we have done 12 shows on various aspects of the Sacred and Holy Name of our Heavenly Father and His Son. The Power Latent In Man SHOW was one of the first shows (beginning in December 1990, on Chicago Access cable) to introduce the true and sacred name Yahweh and His Son Yahshua and uses them on a regular basis. The PLIM REPORT has also published over 6 articles on the true name and they are on the public side of our website. See http://www.plim.org/truename.html.


Today many Christians and others assume that the Greek name Jesus was the original name of the Savior who was Hebrew.  If one does the research, one finds out that it is impossible for the Savior’s name to be Jesus.

 What is the intent of this article?

The intent of this article is to investigate the origin of the Greek name Jesus and its erroneous transliteration of the Hebrew name of our Savior Yahshua.  Our Saviour’s Name in Hebrew is    


(read from right to left). The English name “Jesus,” which later employed the letter “J,” is a derivation from Greek “Iesous” and the Latin “Iesus” version.


This name “Jesus” commonly used in Christianity today did not exist and would not be spelled with the letter “J” until about 500 years ago. This article will also discuss the grammatical errors involved in the transliteration of Yahshua into Greek and Latin, which radically changed the form of Yahshua’s name.





Another error that will be discussed in this article is that  “Yahshua’s name was not known to most translators at the time. Jewish Masoretic priests, around the 6th century A.D., created the name Jesus by changing the vowel point from the letter “a” to “e” in the Tetragrammaton YHWH. This resulted in changing the pronunciation from Yah to Yeh.

The priests continued the tradition, which was in effect at the time of the Messiah, of teaching the people that the name “Yahweh” was too sacred to pronounce, and to speak this name was blasphemy and punishable by death.  Most people and lower level priests were initially taught to say “Adonai” when they saw the name “Yahweh” or the tetragrammaton written.

PLIM recommends a number of excellent websites that provide extensive research on the name. (Note: This is not an endorsement of their dogma.) The Assembly of Yahweh has an excellent article that deals with the letter J called “THE MISSING J” http://www.yaim.org/missingJ.htm. There is also another website with an article entitled “Our Saviour’s Name” http://www.iahushua.com/ST-RP/name.htm and see http://www.yahweh.org.


 Does the Letter “J” exist in Hebrew, Latin or Greek?

The answer to this question is no. In fact, there was no letter ‘J’ in  any language prior to the 14th century in England. The letter did not become widely used until the 17th century.

The Encyclopedia Americana contains the following quote on the J: “The form of ‘J’ was unknown in any alphabet until the 14th century. Either symbol (J,I) used initially generally had the consonantal sound of Y as in year. Gradually, the two symbols (J,l) were differentiated, the J usually acquiring consonantal force and thus becoming regarded as a consonant, and the I becoming a vowel.

It was not until 1630 that the differentiation became general in England.” Note in the original 1611 version of the King James Version of the Bible there was no “J” letter in this Bible for because it did not exist. James was spelled Iames. Jesus was spelled Iesous.

In the Hebrew alphabet there is no J letter or sound and it is shown follow: Read form right to left.”





The Greek alphabet shows that there is no letter J or sound.

Now the Oxford English Dictionary shows the derivation of the name “Jesus” as follow: “In ancient Latin Jesus is spelled Iesus, in ancient Greek (I-ee-sous), ad. late Heb. or Aramaic yeshua, Jeshua,for the earlier y’hoshua, Jehoshua or Joshua (explained as ‘Jah (or Jahveh) is salvation’: cf. y’shuah ‘salvation, deliverance’, and Matt. 1.21”

Here we see that in the ancient Latin and Greek languages “Jesus” was spelled with the letter “I” for there was no “J” in either of these languages. In Hebrew we know there is no J letter. So Jesus was originally spelled Yeshua, and y’hoshua. Note: Here the Messiah’s name was spelled in Hebrew two different ways due to the tradition of the Masoretic priests. They did not want to pronounce the sacred part of Yahweh’s name, so they changed the ‘Yah, to ‘Yeh, which will be discussed later in this article.
Webster’s New World Dictionary confirms the Oxford World Dictionary, but it shows the derivation of “Jesus” correctly transliterated in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew using the letters “I” and “Y,” showing that there was no J used in these original languages when the scriptures were translated into them.

“In Late Latin Jesus was original spelled Iesus; In Greek it was spelled Ièsous; and in ancient Hebrew spelled  “yÈshÙa,” which is a contraction of yehÖshÙa (Joshua), help of Jehovah < yÀh, Jehovah + hÖshïa, to help.”


Did the angels speak in Hebrew?

In the so-called New Testament of the Bible there were two instances where an angel and the spirit form of the Messiah appeared to humans and spoke to them in Hebrew. First, Gabriel spoke to Mary regarding her unborn son. Since Mary was Hebrew of the tribe of Judah (Lk. 1:27), Gabriel had to communicate to her in the Hebrew tongue, her native language, not Chinese or Greek, for she would not have been able to understand him. “And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with Elohim (God). And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS (Luke 1:30-31).” As shown in the Hebrew alphabet, there is no J in Hebrew (see alphabet on p. 8). So the question is what did the angel Gabriel say that the baby would be named?  It was impossible for him to say Jesus because Jesus is Greek for Yahshua.

In another instance, the Messiah appeared in spirit form and in a vision, to the Apostle Paul on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-7) and spoke in Hebrew Paul described what happened. “And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks (Acts 26:14).”

Paul asked this spirit, “Who art thou, Lord (Acts 26:15)?” The Messiah replied, “I am Jesus [in the King James Bible and most English Bibles] whom thou persecutest.”

One thing is clear. The Messiah knows His name and as was stated and repeated throughout this article it is impossible for him to have said Jesus as it is translated since Yahshua spoke to Paul in the Hebrew tongue.

Pontius Pilate wrote the name of the Messiah in Greek, Hebrew and Latin above His head on the cross when the Messiah was crucified.  Luke wrote the following “… an inscription also was written over Him in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS (Lk 23:38-39).”

Traditionally,  most crucifixes (especially Roman Catholic)  have the Latin initials of the Messiah as follows “INRI,” which means “Iesus Nazarenus, Rex, Iudaeorum”. [Note: there is no letter J (for it did not exist at this time.)   This is translated into English and means “Jesus of  Nazareth, King of the Jews.”]

The French philosopher, historian, and religious scholar Ernest Renan stated in his book, The Life of Jesus, that the Savior was never called Jesus in His lifetime. Renan based his conclusion on his archaeological trips to the Holy Land in searching for inspiration and materials on the Savior.


  What is the derivation of the name “Jesus”?

Any good dictionary will show the derivation or the history of the translation of Jesus through the various languages. All agree that the word “Jesus is a transcription or a copy of the Greek name … which is a derivation of the Hebrew Ieshoua, a common Jewish name” according to the book The Names and Titles of Jesus by Leopold Sabourin, S.J.


 Is there an explanation of the error Yeh from Yah?

Now that it is clear that the Messiah’s name was not spelled with the letter J, there is another error that must be addressed.  Many misspell the Messiah as “yÈshÙa,” (which is a contraction for “yehÖshÙa.”).  The error is that it does not have the “Yah” part of the Father’s name in the translation.





In the King James Version of the Bible,  Psalm 68:4 clearly reveals  that the shortened  form of the Father’s name is “Jah.”  King David writes: “Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Extol Him who rides on the clouds, By His name JAH…” Since there is no j in Hebrew then “Jah” should be spelled Yah or Iah. So yehÖshÙa should be spelled yahÖshÙa.

The error of changing Yah to Yeh is due to the manmade tradition of the Jewish priests. Their reverence for the holy name caused them to believe that it was too sacred to pronounce.  So they changed the vowel points from a to e in the Tetragrammaton YHWH. This changes the pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton. The letter “a” was the correct vowel to be inserted between the YH obtaining YaH. This is short form of the sacred Name is in Yahshua.

To prevent this pronunciation, the priests changed the vowel points from an “a” to the “e” obtaining YeH.  This is how the letter “e” came to be in the Savior’s name “Jesus,” resulting today in the Jews spelling his name YEHshua.

Now the same error is explained in the Biblesoft’s Strongs New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary.  It spelled Yahshua’s name with the letter e Yehowshuwa‘ (yeh-ho-shoo’-ah); or Yehowshu‘ a (yeh-ho-shoo’-ah); from OT:3068 and OT:3467 OT:3091; Jehovah-saved; Jehoshua (i.e. Joshua), the Jewish leader: -Jehoshua, Jehoshuah, Joshua. Now the ancient Greek use their alphabet to write and pronounce the “IE” as the shortened form of Yahweh’s name “Yah.”

 What is the Importance of “ous” or “us” in Jesus’ name?

Now the “ua” ending in Yahshua’s name in Hebrew when transliterated into Greek is feminine singular, which presents a problem.  Thus, it necessitates a change when transliterate into Greek (so the reader in Greek could determine the gender of this name).

What most people do not understand is the ending “us” of Jesus name was setup to denote this in the transliteration into Greek and Latin. The “ous” and the “us” ending in the Greek name “Iesous” and the Latin name “Iesus,” respectively, denote the masculine singular gender in Greek and Latin respectively.

In most languages there are endings that denote gender as well as endings that denote singular or plural. (For example, in English we just add the letter ‘s’ to make a noun plural as in boys or girls. In Spanish gender is denoted by the last vowel of the word, such as chico-boy and chica-girl.)

Only the letters “Jes” in “Jesus’ name has any relationship to the Hebrew name Yahshua for the letters “us” denote gender.

This transliteration that observes Greek and Latin grammer further adds confusion to other errors in the transliteration of the name Yahshua.  Latin and English had  already seen  the results of the Jewish Masoretic priests changing the vowel points.
Finally, it also should be noted that Greek has no “sh” sound as in Yahshua Hebrew name.  To denote this “sh” Hebrew sound in the Greek, the letter “s” is used.

Thus, this article has examined all five of the letters in “Jesus” name and showed their derivation from Hebrew, Greek Latin and English.
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So, there you have it. :-) I hope this explains why I prefer to be "different" or shall I say "accurate" in my use of the term YAHSHUA over YESHUA. 

9 comments:

  1. Hey Sandi, I was just looking up some pictures of Seraphim and I started reading on your sight about the correct Hebrew names for our Father and Savior. I have known about this for a while, becuase of my mother. There is a group of people that we know who believe it is wrong to say God and Jesus, and a list of other words that appearently have paganistic orgins. What do you think about that? I am so excited that the LORD is restoring and revealing His name in these last days, but I don't think it's wrong to say the other names. I am broken over the disunity that it's causing, but they are so set in there ways. I guess I am too. But I just trust in the LORD's soverignty, that He knows what's going on. There is always talk about how, the bible isn't valid because it's been translated so many times and all of that. But I believe that our God is big enough to preserve His word, dispite human error. So when I hear people say that God and Lord, and Jesus are wrong, I don't know how to feel about that. That means that there is error in the bible, and therefore jepordizes the validity of the enire thing. So I just wondered your opinion?

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  2. Hi there!

    I love your questions! I hope I can answer them for you.

    I learned a lot about languages after spending so many years in Europe, and using the terms God or Jesus are definitely not wrong. They’re simply a “different language,” like French is to English. The name/word “Jesus” is a “transliteration” from another language. That means it was translated in a literal sense from its original form/spelling. Only thing is, it’s a transliteration from the Greek and not Hebrew. And Jesus’ name was originally Hebrew.

    For example, look at the word “baptism.” The original word is Greek and “baptism” is a transliteration from the Greek word “baptizo.” Notice the similarities? The meaning of “baptizo” means “to dip” or “immerse.” Verses like Acts 22:16 would then read: And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be immersed (or dipped) and wash your sins away, calling on his name.

    It’s funny because it reads in the Dutch Bibles as “to dip.” I just think “dip” is a funny word. But anyway . . . my point is, these words are simply different languages. I just found it fascinating to discover Christ’s Hebrew name and I fell in love with it. :-) It’s so similar to the Father’s, Yahweh. It makes such perfect sense! But I don’t believe it’s wrong to use Jesus or God. I pray in that “language” regularly. It’s my mother tongue, and God understands all the languages of the world.

    I do sometimes wonder if God caused us to translate Jesus’ name from the Greek so that we don’t misuse the “true” name of Jesus so much. I mean, look at how people use Christ’s name when swearing. It’s horribly offensive, but perhaps it creates a bit of a buffer? It would for me if someone were calling me Sandra (which isn’t my name). Who knows? We’ll all find out when we finally get to meet Him. :-)

    So . . . no, Jesus and God are certainly not wrong, in my opinion. They’re just a different language. It’d be like telling someone to say the Dutch word “leuk” for the English word “fun” is wrong. It’s not. It’s the same word, just a different language. God created all our languages, so they can’t be “wrong.”

    One last thing, Google the Dead Sea Scrolls. You’ll find out that the scriptures are accurate to manuscripts written all the way back in the Old Testament times. God is certainly most powerful enough to make sure we got His Word true and perfect. :-) We just need to take care that we’re not deceived by Satan. He’s not stupid. He’s been around a lot longer than any of us, so you can only imagine how many devices he hides up his sleeves. It’s frightening. But no need to panic, the solution is simple. All we have to do is ask God for us not to be deceived, and if we are, ask Him to open our eyes and show us the answers in His word. I ask Him that all the time. I think deceit is Satan’s greatest tool. There’s a reason he’s called “The Deceiver.”

    Oh, and can you tell me what paganistic words are used in the Bible? I hadn’t heard about that.

    I hope this was helpful. :-)

    Hugs in Him!

    Sandi

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  3. Each and every 'biblical' translation is perverted in accordance with the religious dogma of the translators ;-(

    However, Thankfully there is yet "A Spirit that reveals all things"!

    Father Help! and HE does.......

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  4. Very interesting! Would you mind offering some examples so I can study them? Thank you so much for sharing! I hope what I explained above was somewhat helpful.

    Hugs in Him,

    Sandi

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  5. There are 100+ english language "biblical" translations ;-(

    http://www.tyndalearchive.com/Scriptures/index.htm

    Some examples?

    Trinitarians that follow pagan catholic folklore have their kjv which was translated by her #1 christian daughter rightly named "the church of England". And there are a multitude of other translations by various religious systems that are all biased in accordance with that doctrine(folklore) ;-(

    YHWH ='s "lord god", need more be said?

    Then we have the 'jehovah' religions 'new world translation', those who believe Michael the archangel and their 'jesus' are one in the same ;-(

    Never really studied that version but assuredly that translation was biased.

    And the 'jesus only' folk who believe that their version of 'jesus' is the father and is the son and is the holy spirit ;-( And they have their version named "the full life study bible: an international study bible for {deluded} pentecostal and charismatic christians" ;-(

    "I AM's" abound when referring to The Messiah.

    And today it's the "sacred name" versions ;-(

    All with their very own personalized version of 'YHWH' or 'YHVH' or ? ;-(

    i believe anyone who has received "the love of The Truth" can clearly "see", or will "see", that religious dogma(folklore) rules in each and every religious system of this wicked, evil world and such dogma influences all biblical translations ;-(

    Experience should be The Teacher.......

    "to experience The Messiah and The Power that raised Him from among the dead"!

    HalleluYAH!

    Those who have experienced such are but "aliens and pilgrims while on the earth" for they know that their "citizenship is in Heaven"!

    And soon, and very soon, Home, Home at last.......

    Till then:

    Father Help! and HE Does.......

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  6. I'm definitely familiar with the New World Translation, but I had no idea there were so many others out there! Wow!

    I'm good friends with a (I'm not sure what you'd call him, lol), an expert of ancient manuscripts, and in his comparisons of translations over the thousands of years, he says that he believes the most accurate translation today is the NASB version.

    I've seen some Bibles you're talking about that aim for a specific denomination, but I didn't know they messed with the text. I read their comments sections and they are very misleading.

    Sorry it took so long to reply. If that happens, please don't take it personally. I'm in the middle of fighting cancer, so I have ups and downs each day. sigh I never know how I'm going to feel. :-/

    So glad this life IS TEMPORARY! :-)

    Good chatting with you! And thanks for answering my question! Very interesting!

    Hugs in Him,

    Sandi

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  7. It is WELL to remember "that all things work together for the Good(not that all things are good, ex: Lazarus) for them who love G-D(Father,Creator,Spirit), for them who are the called according HIS purpose(Will)"!

    So it needs be that HIS children also desire that which The Messiah desired above all else:

    "Father(Creator,Spirit,G-D), not my will, But THY Will Be Done"!

    Father Help! and HE does.......

    For all of HIS children yet receiving the breath(spirit) that sustains this temporal life?

    Soon, and very soon, Home, Home at last!

    Till then it remains:

    Father Help! and HE does.......

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  8. Thank you, ElderChild.

    Bless you. xxx

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  9. i received notice of an anonymous comment and so i returned to find it deleted. Which is understandable.

    And it came to me to leave the following testimony:

    "Immanuel WAS, IS and always WILL BE The Messiah, The Only Begotten Son of Our Father and GOD!

    And could be you would appreciate the following testimony @ http://asimpleandspirituallife.blogspot.com/2012/06/now-nothing-will-be-restrained-from.html

    Father Help! and HE does.......

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