YESHUA OR YEHOSHUA?
Yehoshua was name of Yoshua
the son of Nun (יְהֹושֻׁעַ
בִּן־נוּן YEHOSHUA BIN-NOON,
Joshua 1:1). יֵשׁוּעַ YESHUA is a shorter form of this name. When translated it means
'Salvation of Yahveh' .
After the time of Yeshua the
Messiah, this name ישוע Yeshua is not given to any
Jewish man but earlier it was a common Jewish name. That name appears in the
Tanakh (Hebrew Old Testament) in the following verses: 1 Chr 24:11, 2 Chr 31:15,
Ezra 2:2, 2:6, 2:36, 2:40, 3:2, 3:8, 3:9, 4:3, 5:2, 8:33, 10:18, Neh 3:19, 7:7, 7:11, 7:43, 8:7,
9:4, 9:5, 10:9, 11:26, 12:7, 12:8, 12:10, 12:24, 12:26. The language in these preceding
verses is Hebrew, except in Ezra 5:2 Aramaic but also there the name is written
the same way as in the Hebrew texts:
בֵּאדַיִן קָמוּ זְרֻבָּבֶל בַּר-שְׁאַלְתִּיאֵל, וְיֵשׁוּעַ בַּר-יוֹצָדָק
וְשָׁרִיו לְמִבְנֵא, בֵּית אֱלָהָא דִּי בִירוּשְׁלֶם
וְעִמְּהוֹן נְבִיַּאיָּא דִי-אֱלָהָא, מְסָעֲדִין לְהוֹן
In the Torah and
before the time of the
written in the longer form יְהֹושֻׁעַ YEHOSHUA in Tanakh, but
after that in a
shorter form יֵשׁוּעַ YESHUA. To Messiah was given this shorter name Yeshua,
which is Hebrew.
Jews who do not believe that
Yeshua is the Messiah do know exactly what form
of his name, they will shun, and they shun the form יֵשוּע YESHUA. They call him
names ישו YESHU which is composed of the initials of words ימח שמו וזכרו
YEMACH SHEMO VEZICRO 'be his name and memory cursed'.
The avoiding of weiting and
reciting the name, is based on the Torah: "If a man
have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be put to death, and you hang him
on a tree; his body shall not remain all night on the tree, but you shall surely bury
him the same day; for he who is hanged is accursed of God; that you don’t defile
your land which the LORD your God gives you for an inheritance." (Deut 21:22,23 ).
Today there are many men named
the world. This name is also found in
For example, near the city of
כפר יהושע KFAR YEHOSHUA, the
I suppose that the Jewish
rabbis are the ones to know what name they shun and
that is why it is sure that the angel told Joseph to give Him the name Yeshua
(Matt 1:21) .
In general, all Hebrew names
mean something, and so does the name of Yeshua
the Messiah. It’s translated "Salvation of YHVH/Yahveh" . When translated to
any other language, it’s meaning is lost. When we utter the name, we confess
that YHVH / Yahveh is our Savior (Rom 10:13), and using the translation of the
word the confession is left out.
The name Yeshua is relevant in
this time we live at, but in eternity, He, too, has
a new name when even the last enemy, death is defeated, because then salvation
is no longer needed (Rev 3:12).
The name of the Lord Yeshua is
a name that has allways been opposed and hated.
That kind of behavior has obviously anti-Semitic roots. By doing so, people want to
make Yeshua’s Hebrew origin vague. After all, the angel Gabriel was not commanded
to tell to give Him a Greek, Latin or Aramaic but the Hebrew name.
Similarly, has this apostate
Christianity wanted to exclude other Hebrew connections
for example, by changing the biblical Sabbath and the biblical date of Passover.
In their actions they prove to be God's enemies, while wanting to be righteous.