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Friday, January 1, 2016

The Name of "JESUS" Controversy

I've never had a problem with the name "Jesus". I know how old the letter "J" is, and its use as it pertains to the name of "Jesus" is not a controversy or conspiracy as some others believe. "Jesus" is a transliteration of the Greek "Iesous" which is a transliteration of the Hebrew "Yehoshua" for "Joshua" or the Aramaic "Yeshua" depending on the dialect and accent one uses. The Greek alphabet does not have a "Y", and the "I" in Greek is the closest equivalent to the Aramaic or Hebrew "Y". "SOUS" (not "Zeus" as falsely taught by some) is the transliteration of the "SHUA" sound. When translating languages you cannot simply make people easily change their accent to pronounce words with letters they don't have in their alphabet. This is true even when speaking a different dialect of the same language.

JUDGES 12:5-6; "And the Gileadites took the passages of Jordan before the Ephraimites: and it was so, that when those Ephraimites which were escaped said, Let me go over; that the men of Gilead said unto him, Art thou an Ephraimite? If he said, Nay; 6) Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand."

Most English translators used Greek as their base language to translate the Scriptures because it was more common, more easily understood, and easier to pronounce. The transliteration of "Iesous" to "Jesus" came about in the 14th century but didn't become widely accepted until later in the 15th century. The very common "J" sound in old English was the closest equivalent to the Greek "I" and the Hebrew "Y", and so the letter "J" was created at that time. "Translation" changes one word from a language into the corresponding word of another language. "Transliteration" changes alphabets to complete translation when there are no corresponding letters or particular words. Neither changes the meaning of the word when done accurately but it changes the spelling, pronunciation, and sound. 

JOHN 19:19-20; "And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS. 20) This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin."

There are several different ways to spell and pronounce the name of the Lord even in the Hebrew language by itself based on time period and regional dialect as well as in other languages. Words sounding the same doesn't mean there is some grand scheme to change the Messiah's name to a pagan name. God Almighty is not confused about who he is, and answers prayer in whatever language in which he is called on by faith. Languages, dialects, and alphabets are subject to change with cultures over time. YAH created all languages, so he is not bound to any preferred language among mankind. You don't have to learn a different language to know GOD. "Faith" is the universal language that The Most High responds to. ~ I.J. West

ACTS 10:34-35; "Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35) But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him." 

*NOTE:  The name "Yeshu" is not the same as "Yeshua" or "Yehoshua". It was the name given by the corrupt Sanhedrin Pharisee & Sadducee leaders to try discrediting "Yeshua" as a false teacher. The name "Yeshu" means "may his name and memory be blotted out or obliterated." Furthermore, the Hebrew words used in scripture for "deceiver" are taw-ah', shaw-gaw', and naw-kal', and are unrelated to the name "Yeshua" but affiliated to references for the name "Yeshu" as was intended by the Jewish leaders who were against Christ. "Yeshua" or "Yehoshua" both mean "the salvation of GOD/YAH/YAHWEH, YAH is salvation, or YAH shall save his people." There are several variations of the Savior's name in the Hebrew language but all have the same meaning.

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