YESHUA IN HEBREW IS derivative from “to rescue”, “to deliver”. Its usage among the Jews of the Second Temple Period, the Biblical Aramaic/Hebrew name יֵשׁוּעַ Yeshua‘ was common: the Hebrew Bible mentions several individuals with this name – while also using their full name Joshua. This name is a feature of biblical books written in the post-Exilic period (Ezra, Nehemiah, and Chronicles) and was found in the Dead Sea Scrolls, though Haggai and Zechariah prefer the spelling Joshua. Strong’s Concordance connects the name יֵשׁוּעַ Yeshua`, in the English form Jeshua (as used in multiple instances in Ezra, Nehemiah, and 1 and 2 Chronicles), with the verb “to deliver” (or, “to rescue”). It is often translated as “He saves,” to conform with Matthew 1:21: “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins”.
The name יֵשׁוּעַ “Yeshua” (transliterated in the English Old Testament as Jeshua) is a late form of the Biblical Hebrew name יְהוֹשֻׁעַ Yehoshua (Joshua), and spelled with a waw in the second syllable. The Late Biblical Hebrew spellings for earlier names often contracted the theophoric element Yeho- to Yo-. Thus יהוחנן Yehochanan contracted to יוחנן Yochanan. However, there is no name (aside from Yehoshua`) in which Yeho- became Ye-.
The name ישוע occurs many times in the Hebrew of the Old Testament. Note that in earlier English (where adaptations of names of Biblical figures were generally based on the Latin Vulgate forms), Yeshua was generally transcribed identically to “Jesus” in English. It was only when the Protestant Bible translators of ca. 1600 went back to the original languages that a distinction between Jesus and Jeshua appeared in English.
But things can never be this simple. The following schtick is being passed around the horn by Larry Hendricks of what we might call The Facebook Infamy:
And while this metaphorical amplification of ‘Eden is truly magnificent, and awesomely revealing, most everyone on earth today has been robbed of this revelation by rabbis, and most especially the Masoretes. You see they deliberately vocalized א ד ן differently, changing “‘Eden—the foundation of the Tabernacle and its upright pillar,” to “‘adon – lord,” and then to “‘adonay—My Lord.” Rather than communicate one of Yahowah’s favorite titles, “‘Eden—Upright Pillar,” these religious clerics substituted one of their own, “‘adonay—My Lord.” And they would ultimately deploy this title seven thousand times, on each occasion replacing Yahowah’s name with an epithet depicting Satan’s ambition.
These Masoretic Rabbis (a title which means “elevated, lofty, and great”) coveted the title “lord,” just as had Satan before them. That is why Lord, from ba’al, is Scripture’s most commonly used moniker for the Adversary. Satan, like most religious leaders, seeks to control people, to own and possess their hearts, minds, souls, pocketbooks, and even land. They both seek to lord over the masses. Not Yahowah. His Covenant is not about ownership, but relationship. He wants to be our Father, not our Lord. Participation is optional, not compulsory.Rather than being “the Lord,” Yahowah is the “‘eden—Upright Pillar and Foundation” of the Shelter. He is the one who knelt down to serve us, to lift us up to Him. When you bow down to Yahowah as “Lord” instead, you are insulting Him and demeaning what He has done. Worse, you are not only upending what He wants, you are also missing the message and point of Scripture.
“And Moseh said to God (ha ‘elohym—the Mighty One), ‘Now look, if (hineh) I go (bow’ – come) to the Children (ben—sons) of Yisra’el (yisra’el—those who strive and struggle with, persist and endure with, individuals who persevere with and are empowered by God), and say (‘amar) to them, “The God (‘elohym—Almighty) of your fathers (‘ab) sent me out (salah) to (‘el)you (‘atem), and they ask (‘amar—question) me, ‘What (mah) is His (hu) personal and proper name (shem),’ what (mah) shall I say (‘amar) to (‘el) them?”’” (Shemowth / Exodus 3:13) While God would give Moseh a direct answer, He didn’t do so directly. And that is because there is a bigger difference between Amen Ra, Amun, Aten, Horis, Seb, Isis, Osiris, Sobek, et all, and Yahowah, than just a name. Yahowah is for real. He actually exists.
By revealing the basis of His name, Yahowah answered the most important question we can ask: yes, there really is a God. “God(‘elohym) said (‘amar – answered and promised) to (‘el) Moseh, ‘’ehayah (אֶ הְ יֶ ה) ‘asher (אֲ שֶׁ ר) ‘ehayah.’ (אֶ הְ יֶ ה) – ‘I Am Who I Am.’” (Shemowth / Exodus 3:14) In His response, God conveyed: “I Exist.” “I was, I am, and I always will be.” “I am God.” “I am responsible for your very existence.” “I am the source of your continued existence.” “I am exactly who I say I am (and not what men say of me).”
So that you know, ‘ehayah is the first person singular of hayah, meaning: “I exist, I am, I was, I will be.” ‘Asher denotes a “relationship, an association, or linkage,” and is often translated “with, who, which, what, where, or when.” By using these words, Yahowah told us: 1) He exists, 2) that our continued existence is predicated upon Him, 3) that relationships are of vital interest to Him, and 4) how to pronounce His name (Yahowah from hayah).
“He said (‘amar), ‘Tell (‘amar) the Children (ben) of Yisra’el (yisra’el—those who strive and struggle with, persist and endure with, individuals who persevere with and are empowered by God), “I Am (‘ehayah—first person singular of the verb hayah, meaning I exist) has sent (salah) me to you.”’” (Shemowth/Exodus 3:14) There may be no more profound a statement, no more important a mission, no higher authority. The source of our existence, the one and only God who actually exists, was going to go from Arabia to the Nile Delta with an eighty-year-old shepherd to rescue His wayward and oppressed children from Egypt—the most oppressive religious, political, and military power man had yet conceived.
Those who promote the myth that God’s name isn’t known, that it isn’t important, and that it cannot and should not be pronounced, stop reading at this verse. But God was not finished speaking… “God (‘elohym), moreover (‘owd – besides this and in addition), said(‘amar – declared) to (‘el) Moseh, ‘You shall say (‘amar) this (koh) to (‘el) the Children of Yisra’el (yisra’el – individuals who strive and struggle with, those who persist and endure with, those who persevere with and are empowered by God), “Yahowah (י ה ו ה), God (‘elohym) of your fathers (‘ab), God of ‘Abraham, God of Yitzchaq, and God of Ya’aqob, sent (salah) me (‘any) to (‘el) you(‘atem).” This (zeh) is My (‘any) personal and proper name (shem) forever (la ‘olam—for all time and into eternity). This (zeh) is My (‘any) way of being known and remembered (zeker—My way of being mentioned and recalled, My commemoration and memorial, the inheritance right, symbol, sign, and signature) in all dwelling places, homes (dowr) times, and generations (dowr).’”(Shemowth / Exodus 3:15)
So, pray tell, how does anyone justify calling God “Lord” when God said as clearly as words allow: “My name is Yahowah. That is the way I want to be recalled, the way I want to be known, and the way I want to be remembered. Yahowah is My signature. Tell those who want to live with Me, those who want to be saved by Me, that Yahowah has sent you.” Know it, say it, remember it.
Now that we have allowed God to resolve the myth that He has many names, some of which are too sacred to be spoken, what about the myth that no one knows how to pronounce the “Tetragrammaton,” or “four consonants” which comprise His signature.
To begin, Yahowah’s name is comprised of vowels, not consonants. Flavius Josephus, the most famous of all Jewish historians, wrote in the 1st-century CE, in his The War of the Jews, Book 5.5.7: “…the set apart name, it consists of four vowels.” Weingreen, a noted scholar in Hebrew grammar, subsequently stated in 1959 for Oxford University Press: “Long before the introduction of vowels signs it was felt that the main vowel sounds should be indicated in writing, and so the three letters, Waw (ו), He (ה), and Yod (י) were used to represent long vowels.”
In actuality, the easiest way to dispense with the “consonant” myth in early Hebrew is to examine the thousands upon thousands of words which contain the letters Waw (ו), He (ה), and Yod (י), and consider how they are pronounced. Almost invariably, the Waw (ו) conveys the vowel sounds “o,” “oo,” or “u.” In this regard it is similar to the vowel form of the English W, pronounced “double u.” The He (ה) is pronounced “ah” and to a significantly lesser degree, “eh.” The Yod (י) communicates an “i” sound, and is otherwise similar to the vocalization of the vowel form of the English Y. In reality, these three vowels, in conjunction with the Hebrew Aleph (א) and Ayin (ע), made it possible to pronounce every Hebrew word several millennia before the Sheva System was developed or vowel points were introduced by the Masoretes.
With this in mind, let’s examine the three vowels which comprise Yahowah’s name. Perhaps the most familiar Hebrew word known to us today beginning with the letter Yod (י) is “yada’ (יָדַע),” meaning “to know.” You often hear it repeated: “yada, yada, yada.” Indirectly, we know the Yod sound from Israel, which is a transliteration of Yisra’el (יִשְׂרָאֵל). But it is also the source of the vowel I/i in: Isaiah (Yasha’yah), Messiah (Ma’aseyah), Zechariah (Zakaryahuw), Hezekiah (Chazayah), Nehemiah (Nachemyah), and Moriah (Mowriyah).
Those who have sung “kumbaya (quwmbayah (stand with Yah))” or “hallelujah (halalyah (radiate Yah’s light))” know this Yod (י) sound as well. The י provides the vowel sound for the common Hebrew words yad—hand, yadah—to acknowledge, yatab—good, andyahad—becoming united.
There are literally thousands of Hebrew words were the Yod (י) is pronounced just like the Y/y is in the English words: “yes, yet, yield, yarn, yaw, yawn, yawl, yea, yippee, year, yearn, yeast, yell, yellow, yelp, yeoman, yesterday, you, young, yolk, yonder, and yummy. And just like Hebrew, in English, the letter Y is often a vowel. Consider: “myth, hymn, my, fly, and cry.” In fact, according to the Oxford Dictionary, “the letter Y is probably more often used as a vowel. And in this role it is often interchangeable with the letter I.” This similarity to Hebrew is not a coincidence, because Hebrew served as the world’s first actual alphabet—a word derived from a transliteration of the first two letters of the Hebrew alphabet: Aleph and Bet.
The second and fourth letter in Yahowah’s name is the Hebrew He (ה). Curious as to how Yahowah’s name could be based uponhayah (היה), which begins and ends with ה, and yet most often be transliterated “Yahweh,” where the first He is pronounced “ah,” and the second is pronounced “eh,” I examined every Hebrew word inclusive of the letter ה – especially those words concluding with He. What I discovered is that just like hayah and ‘elohym (meaning “God,” from ‘elowah) the Hebrew ה is almost invariably pronounced “ah.” In fact the ratio of “ah” to “eh” was nearly one hundred to one. So in hayah, Yahowah told us how to pronounce all but one letter of His name.
And yet, in the definitive statement “’elowah hayah—God exists,” all of our questions are answered. We can simply look to the title Yahowah selected for Himself in this revealing discussion, “‘elohym (אלהים) – God,” to ascertain how to properly pronounce the Hebrew vowel Waw (ו). You see, ‘elohym is the contracted, and thus less formal, plural, and thus more inclusive, form of ‘elowah (אלוה) – “God Almighty.” And it is in ‘elowah (אלוה) that we find definitive proof of how to properly communicate the Hebrew ו.
But there is another, perhaps even better known, Hebrew word which can assist us. Scripture’s most often transliterated title, “towrah—Torah,” also communicates how to properly pronounce the Hebrew Waw (ו). In the Divine Writ, this title for “law, instruction, and prescription” is written TWRH (right to left as: תּוֹרָה), where the “o” sound is derived from the ו. In addition, the most oft’ repeated Hebrew word over the last one hundred generations has been “shalowm (שָׁלֹום) – peace,” where once again, we are greeted with the means to properly pronounce the Hebrew ו.
Other familiar Hebrew words which are pronounced similarly include: gowym – people (specifically Gentiles), yowm – meaning day,‘adown – master, ‘owy – alas, ‘owr – light, ‘owth – sign, and of course ‘elowah – God, in addition to the names: Aaron, Jonah, Job, Judah, Moriah, and Jerusalem from ‘Aharown, Yownah, Yowb, Yahuwdah, Mowriyah, and Yaruwshalaym.
Beyond towrah and ‘elowah (God’s revealed instructions and title), there are forty extremely important reminders conveyed throughout the Torah, Prophets, and Psalms which serve to affirm that God’s name was pronounced Yahowah, not Yahuweh or Yahweh. While two of these, Yowb – Job and Yownah – Jonah, were shared previously, I omitted their meanings and etymology. Virtually every credible lexicon affirms that the “Yow” sound in both names is a contraction of “Yahow.” As such, Yownah – Jonah means: “Yahowah is the Dove (a symbol for the Spirit of God).” Yowb—Job is: “Cry Out to Yahowah.” But there are more.
The most famous of these is Yowceph – Joseph, meaning “Yah Unites and Multiplies.” The most important is Yowbel – Jubilee, designating the year after seven Shabat of years, where “Yah’s Godly Lamb” frees us by forgiving our debts.
Every important fulfillment on Yahowah’s calendar commences not just on Yowbel years of Freedom and Redemption, but on multiples of forty Yowbel. These include 1967 BCE (2000 years after the expulsion of Adam from the Garden) when Yahowah affirmed His Covenant with Abraham on Mount Mowriyah. Forty Yowbel thereafter (in 33 CE) Yahowsha’ fulfilled Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits on the same mountain. And finally, forty Yowbel removed from His sacrifice (upcoming in 2033), Yahowsha’ will return to Mount Mowriyah on the Day of Reconciliations in anticipation of celebrating the Festival Feast of Shelters for one thousand years during the Millennial Sabbath.
Yames which continue to echo “Yahow” today include: Yow’ab—Joab (Yah is our Father), Yow’ach—Joah (Related to Yah),Yow’achaz—Joahaz (Grasp Hold of Yah), Yow’el – Joel (Yah is God), Yowb—Job (Cry Out to Yah), Yowchanan—Johanan (Yah is Merciful), Yownah—Jonah (Yah’s Dove), Yownatan—Jonathan (Yah Gives), Yowceph – Joseph (Yah Unites and Multiplies), Yowram—Joram (Yah Uplifts), and Yowtham —Jotham (Yah Perfects). Therefore, the obvious pronunciation of YHWH, written right to left in Hebrew ה ו ה י, is YaH·oW·aH. Mystery solved.
Don’t let me say ‘Who is Yahowah (YaHoWaH)?’ lest I be disinherited (yarash), caught in the act, arrested, and incarcerated for (taphas) removing without permission and carrying away by stealth (ganab)personell and proper name (shem) of my God (‘elohiym).” (Proverbs 30:9)
They invent and scheme to cause My family to forget and ignore My personal name by their dreams which through relationships and associations they relate and recount to mankind , to friends, neighbors, companions, fellow citizens and associates . Sadly broken and cowed through intimidation as their fathers ceased to care about, forgot and ignored My name because of Ba’al (Ba’al – the proper name of the supreme male sungod divinity of the Babylonians, Phoenicians, Canaanites, and now Christians meaning Lord, Owner, and Master)?'” (Jeremiah 23:27)
Proving Yahowah right, the translators of every popular English Bible carelessly and inaccurately replaced Yahuweh’s personal name with “LORD” and yet carefully and accurately transliterated Satan’s moniker as “Ba’al.” These clerics, scholars, and pastors demonstrate a greater respect for the Adversary than they do for the Creator and Savior.
Those who rule over them are deluded, says Yahouwah, and every day without ceasing they despise, spurn, and reject My name.”
“So therefore , My family shall know My name (shem).” (Yasha’yahu/Isaiah 52:6)
What is His personal and proper name )? What is His Son’s personal and proper name Surely you know .” (Proverbs 30:4)
Once upon a time, in the land of revelation, these names were known and they were shouted from the rooftops. But that time and place isn’t here and now. Of the nearly seven billion souls who currently occupy our planet, less than one in a million people know both names.
“And you say (‘amar), ‘How (mah) have we shown contempt for and disregarded (bazah – despised, scorned, ridiculed, and devalued) Your name (shem)?’” (Mal’aky / Malachi 1:6)
Listen to how angry Yah is with the religious community. “So then , this commandment is to you, O clerics . If you do not listen, and if you do not place it on your heart to give glory to My name says Yahuwah of the spiritual regiment , I will send out in and among you all a curse I will curse with your kneeling down , and also I will bring a curse on her [Yisra’el], because you all did not place it on your heart (leb).” (Mal’aky / Malachi 2:1-2)
Every Priest, Preacher, Imam, Rabbis and all the rest of the liars have been warned and with that the religous copyeditors removed Yahowah’s name and replaced it with Satan’s moniker “Lord ” Also the signature mark in all religions is bowing so this is very funny!
Here are some facts about the retarded Yeshua name: There are many Messianic Jews, countless rabbis, and otherwise misinformed pseudo-intellectuals who choose to ignore the Scriptural pronunciation of Yahowsha’ (even though it is written 216 times in this form and twice as Yahowshuwa’) in favor of Yeshu (which was never written in the Torah, Prophets, or Psalms). The earliest undisputed extant occurrence of Yeshu is found in five brief anecdotes in the Babylonian Talmud (a collection of rabbinical discussions constituting Jewish Oral Law circa 500 CE).
Yeshu is cited as the teacher of a heretic (in Chullin 2:22-24, Avodah Zarah 16-17), as a sorcerer scheduled to be stoned on the eve of Passover (in Sanhedrin 43a), as a son who burns his food in public (in Sanhedrin 103a), as an idolatrous former rabbinical student (in Sanhedrin 107b), and as the spirit of a foreigner who is an enemy of Israel (in Gittin 56b and 57a). Yeshu is also used in the Rabbinical Tannaim and Amoraim as a replacement for Manasseh’s name (he was Hezekiah’s only son, and at twelve upon assuming the throne, instituted pagan worship in direct opposition to his father) (Sanhedrin 103s and Berakhot 17b). The earliest explicit explanation of the Rabbinical term “Yeshu” is found in the mediaeval Toldoth Yeshu narratives which reveal: “Yeshu was an acronym for the curse ‘yimmach shemo vezikhro,’ which means: “may his name and memory be obliterated.”
If that isn’t sufficiently sobering, if that isn’t enough to make you scream every time you read or hear “Yeshu” or its clone, “Yehshu,” then you don’t know Him very well.
Thank you Larry, I’ll try not to sound retarded next time I try to peg down a little Hebrew. Perhaps you can shed some light on why the Messiah spoke Aramaic, instead of classical Hebrew?
Aramaic is a group of languages belonging to the Afroasiatic language phylum. The name of the language is based on the name of Aram, an ancient region in central Syria. Within this family, Aramaic belongs to the Semitic family, and more specifically, is a part of the Northwest Semitic subfamily, which also includes Canaanite languages such as Hebrew and Phoenician. Aramaic script was widely adopted for other languages and is ancestral to both the Arabic and modern Hebrew alphabets.