Yeshua or Yahshua?
The angel in Matthew 1:21 commanded Mary to name her baby, "Yahshua"(#3091), not 'Yeshua (#3444).'
There are TWO parts to the Messiah's name:
1) YAH, or Yeho, signifying who is doing the saving,
2) shua, meaning salvation itself.
Yahshua is a slight contraction of Strong's Hebrew #3091: Joshua (also see Acts 7:45) (actually Jehoshua or Yahoshua), meaning YAH saves.
We choose to start Yahshua with YAH, instead of YEHO, or YAHU, because people are already familiar with "YAH:"
- Everybody says HalleluYAH,
- Jamaicans famously say "JAH,"
- hundreds of Biblical names end in IAH: JeremIAH, etc.
- the famous name Joshua = JAHshua
- and the word JAH appears by itself in 40 years of English bibles.
Now you might reasonably call Jesus: Joshua (see Heb 4:8), or Yahshua, or Yehoshua, or Yehushua, because all of those are just variant spellings meaning the same concept: (YHVH saves.)
mere salvation itself, without any specific reference to YHVH doing the saving.
“YEshua” signifies LESS than “Yahshua”.
Numbers 13:16 clarifies the distinction: Moses re-names Oshea (#1954: savior, from #3467 yasha: salvation) to JAHshua (#3091: yeh-ho-shoo'-ah.)
YEshua is a different, but related word: Strongs Hebrew #3444 yshuw`ah (yesh-oo'-aw); something saved, i.e. (abstractly) deliverance; hence, aid, victory, prosperity:--deliverance, health, help(-ing), salvation, save, saving (health), welfare.
Our savior Yahshua is masculine, not feminine.
He is active, not passive.
YEshua is the feminine passive participle of #3467: Strongs Hebrew #3467 yasha` yaw-shah' a primitive root; properly, to be open, wide or free, i.e. (by implication) to be safe; causatively, to free or succor:--X at all, avenging, defend, deliver(-er), help, preserve, rescue, be safe, bring (having) salvation, save(-iour), get victory.
Debate rages about that one little letter 'E' vs. 'A.'
People have lots of opinions, so the only safe route is to base your conclusion on the lexicons.
The key is not dropping the reference to YHVH, as 'Yeshua' does.
Many Jews derogatorily refer to Yahshua as, "Yeshu."
You'll hear this common defense of 'YEshua:': "In the Hebrew dialect, Jesus would have called himself not the Aramaic YAhshua (Mat 1:21), but the Hebrew YEshua (Acts 26:14.)"
But both those verses say the same name, Strongs Greek#2424 & Hebrew#3091: Joshua, NOT Hebrew #3444: yeshua.
So if you're going to say, "HalleluYAH", go ahead and say, "Yahshua!"
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