Did you know the name Jesus is less than 400 years old ??
Where did this name Jesus come from ??
And how did Yeshua become Jesus when translating from Hebrew to English ??
Where did this name Iesous come from and what was the original name of
our Messiah ??
Yeshua, Jesus or Iesous ??
And are the names Yehoshua and Joshua somehow related to this ??
Names have significant meanings in the Bible
In the Bible, names have significant meanings.
For example, the name Abram means exalted father,
but the name Abraham means father of a multitude.
This is why Yahweh our God changed his name from Abram to Abraham.
For example, Yahweh our God changed also Sarai`s name to Sarah and
Jacob`s name to Israel.
ישוע Yeshua (also occurs as Jeshua in English Bibles) is a shortened form of
the Hebrew name יהושע Yehoshua (Joshua in English Bibles).
The 2nd element of the name Yehoshua is a form of the Hebrew verb yasha
which means to deliver, save or rescue.
The name Yeshua conveys the idea that Yahweh (YHVH) our God delivers or
saves His people, eventually through His servant Messiah-
Yahweh saves or Yahweh`s salvation.
The original, Hebrew and Aramaic name of Jesus was most probably Yeshua (ישוע).
2 Behold, God is my salvation.
I will trust, and will not be afraid;
for Yahweh is my strength and song;
and He has become my salvation.
Likewise, the name of our Jewish Messiah has significant meaning-
the name Yeshua means salvation.
When the angel spoke to Joseph about his son,
he told Joseph what to name the child:
21 She will give birth to a son; and you shall call His name Yeshua,
for He will save His people from their sins.
The angel was basically saying:
call Him salvation, because He will save His people from their sins.
22 Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by Adonai through
the prophet, saying,
23 Behold, the virgin shall conceive and give birth to a son,
and they shall call His name Immanuel, which means God with us.
24 When Joseph woke up from his sleep, he did as the angel of Adonai
commanded him and took Miriam as his wife.
25 But he did not know her intimately until she had given birth to a Son.
And he called His name Yeshua.
The name Yeshua is not only found in the Old Testament post-Babylonian writings
of Ezra, Nehemiah and the books of I Chronicles and II Chronicles but it is also used
throughout the Aramaic New Testament (the Peshitta) for the name of our Jewish
Yeshua can also be found in the Hebrew Bible and other ancient texts that are still
referenced among those in the Jewish faith.
Yeshua is also a name prevalent in both Hebrew and Aramaic languages.
Calling our Jewish Messiah Yeshua also strengthens our awareness of who He is
that is not shaped by any nonbiblical text from any religious Christian organization,
but from the setting in which He arrived on the planet.
The “J” sound used to pronounce Jesus’ name does not exist in Hebrew or Aramaic.
But in the English Bibles the name Yeshua can also be written as Jeshua-
as in the links below.
Link –> Ezra & Nehemiah + 1 & 2 Chronicles
The Aramaic / Hebrew letters have a formula which reveals deeper meaning into
Unlike our English (or Greek) alphabet, each individual letter in the Aramaic and
Hebrew language has a known ancient symbol and meaning.
Just like most languages have root words, the Aramaic and Hebrew language has a
root meaning in every single letter.
Lets look for example at the letters in the name Yeshua (ישוע):
י Yod- hand
ש Shin – shank
ו Vav – hook
ע Ayin- eye
Hand and shank remind me of our Jewish Messiah on the Roman execution stake-
and what Yeshua did for me !!
Hook reminds me of the fishers of men.
Eye reminds me of my God who sees everything.
And the name of YHVH/ Yahweh (יהוה):
י Yod- hand (or forearm)
ה Hey- raised hands
ו Vav- hook
ה Hey- raised hands
Those meanings of the letters reminds me of praising Yahweh our God with my
hands raised and fishers of men.
Link –> Yahweh or Jehovah ??
Link –> Hebrew & Aramaic
So, where did the name Jesus come from ??
When our Messiah`s name was translated into Greek, it became Iesous.
The “Ie” represents the “Ye” sound, the “s” represents the “sh” sound,
and the “ou” represents the “ua” sound.
But, why did they add the “s” to the end of His name ??
The Greek language has certain rules about nouns that indicate case, number
and gender by their spelling.
This means the same word can have different spelling depending on its use as
subject or object in a sentence.
For example, Iesous is in the nominative case, while Iesou is in the genitive case.
Less than 400 years
Jesus is an anglicised form of the Greek name Iesous.
The spelling of the name Jesus has been in use for less than 400 years.
This can easily be seen in the fact that the original 1611 King James Version of
the Bible (early printed books, not newer or online versions) spelled our Jewish
Messiah`s name Iesous- not Jesus.
Just like many other English translations of the Bible before 17th century.
This English name Jesus remained uncommon until the 18th century.
And in general, printed old Bibles are more difficult to fake or change than
The name Iesous was used in Greek, Latin, and English until the 17th century,
when the letter J was introduced as a replacement for the letter I when used as
However, it was still pronounced “Yea-soos” for many years before it eventually
took on the “g” sound that we know today in the word Jesus.
This means the pronunciation of the name Jesus is a very recent development
in the English language.
The “J” sound used to pronounce Jesus’ name does not exist in Hebrew or Aramaic.
It is also interesting to note that if our Jewish Messiah`s name was directly translated
from Hebrew into English, it could also be Joshua, because the Joshua of the Old
Testament and the Jesus of the New Testament are the same name in both
Hebrew and Greek.
We can clearly see this in Acts 7:45 and Hebrews 4:8, when Joshua is referenced
in both verses, his name in Greek is identical to the name of Jesus in Greek.
For example, KJV Bible (and some others) have mistranslated these verses with
the word Jesus.
45 which our fathers, having received it in turn,
also brought with Joshua into the land possessed by the Gentiles,
whom God drove out before the face of our fathers until the days of David,
8 For if Joshua had given them rest,
then He would not afterward have spoken of another day.
Likewise, in the Septuagint (the Greek version of the Old Testament),
Joshua’s name is also translated into Greek as Iesous.
In fact, if you look up the name Iesous in the Strong’s Concordance,
it will tell you that Iesous is the Greek form of the name Joshua.
So, if Joshua and Jesus share the same Hebrew and Greek names,
why do they have different English names ??
Some people assume there is a great conspiracy involved in why the names
are different, however, it is a very simple reason.
When the Old Testament Hebrew text was translated into English,
they phonetically translated Yehoshua as Joshua,
and when they translated the Greek New Testament into English,
they phonetically translated Iesous as Jesus, with one exception,
when Iesous referred to Joshua son of Nun the translators chose to continue
using the name Joshua to avoid confusion.
16 These are the names of the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land.
And Moses called Hoshea the son of Nun, Joshua.
18 And the Lord said to Moses:
“Take Joshua the son of Nun with you, a man in whom is the Spirit,
and lay your hand on him;
We all have heard some pretty ridiculous theories about the name Jesus.
For example, some people claim that the name Jesus really means hail Zeus,
which is simply untrue and proves they are unfamiliar with the Greek language.
They make this claim because the words Jesus and Zeus have similar sounding
pronunciation in English.
However, in Greek, there are no connections between these two names, except that
they both end with an “s” sound.
If you compare the two names in Greek,
you will see that they have nothing in common.
The name Zeus is spelled Διός in Greek,
while the name Jesus is spelled Ἰησοῦς in Greek.
Our Jewish Messiah
Our Jewish Messiah`s name was changed to Jesus to hide the fact that Yeshua was
a Jew- instead Jesus is based on a Greco- Roman name rather than a Hebrew name.
An attempt has been made to Westernize and Christianize Jesus- that’s possible.
By who and when ??
Constantine by giving birth to Christianity in the 4th century …
Did they have reasonable reasons to translate names ??
Should names be translated at all ??
However, it is quite desperate to try to hide Yeshua`s Jewishness,
because the Bible clearly tells us that Yeshua was a Jew.
Likewise, the Gospels contain some pretty extensive genealogies that trace the
Jewish lineage of Yeshua back to a number of Old Testament Jewish people
including Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and David.
Unfortunately, despite these facts, some people remain unaware of the fact that
Yeshua was Jewish.
That`s because these people do not know what the Scriptures say about Yeshua-
they only know the Christian Jesus.
The Hebrew word Messiah (Anointed) has also been replaced by Christ to better
Is it wrong to call Him Jesus ??
I called our Jewish Messiah many many years Jesus.
I don`t think there is anything wrong with using the name Jesus at first- as I did.
But in the Bible, names have meaning, and the name Yeshua means salvation.
Yet the Greek, Latin, and English translations do not carry any meaning since they
are phonetically created words that did not exist otherwise.
I prefer to call our Jewish Messiah by His Hebrew name Yeshua, because it has such
powerful meaning and significance.
Yeshua is salvation and His name is salvation !!
It doesn’t bother me if you want to use the name Jesus as long as you mean
Jesus of the Bible instead of Christian Greco- Roman Jesus.
But in calling our Messiah Yeshua we are restoring to Him His Jewish identity.
I hope this writing has helped to clear up some of the confusion about the
name Jesus, and I hope it has given you a better understanding about how
our Messiah`s name was translated from Yeshua to Jesus.
Sacred Name Movement
The Sacred Name Movement is less than 100 years old and it is related to
the Hebrew Roots Movement and both were developed in the 1930s from the
Church of God (Seventh Day).
The Sacred Name Movement came out of the Millerite movement of 1844,
as did the 7th Day Adventists.
The Sacred Name Movement is teaching names which are not in the Bible.
Those who are officially part of this group or who only voice its teachings,
believe that both our God and our Messiah only have one valid Hebrew
name each- and that those 2 names are the only ones that should be used.
The problem though is, that many in this movement cannot agree on what the
appropriate names actually are.
However, most of them usually begin with “Yah”.
The Sacred Name Movement (as all cults) teaches hereries.
People just seem to slip into cults like the Sacred Name Movement-
but it and all the other cults should absolutely be avoided.
17 From that time Yeshua began to preach and to say,
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
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