Can We Use The Name Jesus For The Messiah (Christ)?

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Brief Summary

The name of the Messiah (Christ) – the created, righteous Son of G-d, has appeared in and has reportadly been translated back and forth through several languages – such as Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and back to Greek.

This explanation shares the variants, language rescource(s) and even variants to the names of other men that appear in the Bible.

Begin

Here is a link from Biblehub which features the Strong’s Concordance ancient Greek word that is usually translated to ‘Jesus‘ in the Holy Scriptures;

www.biblehub.com/greek/2424.htm

The above is a highly accurate, legal concordance (a resource used for linguistic study and translation) – and from the link we can see that there are different variants of the word which resemble the name of Christ (Messiah).

From the Strong’s Concordance and the Exhaustive edition (appearing a little lower on the page), we arrive at some of the following variants which have been lined up on a type of familiar word progression to see;

Iesou -> Yeshu -> Yeshua -> Yehoshua.
Iesous -> Jesus -> Yeshua -> Yehoshua.

According to some*, Ye[ho]shua also appears to perhaps be the accepted traditional variant to Yeshua.

Both appear in the Greek Concordance and perhaps better represent the Hebrew as if it were translated into English.

Jesus appears to have similarities to Iesous and perhaps also Yeshu[a].

Which one should we use?

Many Hebrew names in the Bible can tend to appear a little differently in the New Testament, and even in the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Old Testament) – once they go through the ‘language wash cycle’.

Such include ‘Isaiah’ (Isaiah 1:1) and ‘Esaias’ (Matthew 3:3) which was from ‘Yeshayahu‘ (www.biblehub.com/hebrew/3470.htm ),

and even,

‘Elijah’ (2 Kings 2:2) from a longer original Hebrew variant to ‘Elias’ (Matthew 17:4), and the like.

Peaceably, perhaps all these variants seem to be treasured. If a person was against the use of the name ‘Jesus’ (Iesou -> Yeshu), and was thus enforcing such abstinence as mandatory practice on others;

do they also refrain from using the name Isaiah and instead use Yeshayahu – and if so, on what grounds, as Isaiah is accepted and used frequently by the dear scribes and Pharisees (Matthew 23:1-3).

Really hoping all good things go well, and it is fruitful.

Hoping it is fruitful.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen, created Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

http://www.Christianity-in-Context.com
http://www.OrthodoxMessianicJudaism.com

* www.en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeshua

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“Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. May not copy or download more than 500 consecutive verses of the ESV Bible or more than one half of any book of the ESV Bible.”

“Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

“Scripture quotations taken from the New American Standard Bible® (NASB), Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995, 2020 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission. http://www.Lockman.org

“Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. http://www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™ “

The Orthodox Jewish Bible Copyright Artists for Israel Intl Used by permission © The Orthodox Jewish Bible fourth edition, OJB. Copyright 2002, 2003, 2008, 2010, 2011 by Artists for Israel International, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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