By Dr. Nicholas J. Schaser, Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg and Dr. Yeshaya Gruber

Despite the assertion of some that Jesus’ Hebrew name should be spelled “Yahshua,” there is absolutely no evidence for this name in any known ancient Hebrew or Aramaic sources. In the Judeo-Greek language of the New Testament, “Jesus” is written as Ἰησοῦς (Iēsous). Translated back into Hebrew/Aramaic, the name is Yeshua (ישׁוּע) or Yehoshua (יהושׁוע).

The name Yeshua (ישׁוּע) was common in the Second Temple Period and appears almost thirty times in the Hebrew Bible as well (e.g., Ezra 3:2; Neh 3:19; 1 Chron 24:11). “Yeshua” (Jesus) is a shortened version of “Yehoshua” (Joshua). If Yehoshua (יהושׁוע) means “the Lord saves”, then Yeshua (ישׁוּע) means either “he [i.e., the Lord] saves” or simply “salvation.” In fact, Judeo-Greek does not distinguish between “Yeshua” and “Yehoshua,” transliterating both as Ἰησοῦς (Iēsous or “Jesus”).

The origins of Jesus’ name in Hebrew probably include both the verbs meaning “to be” (היה) and “to save” (ישע). Matthew’s Gospel states the reason for calling the Messiah “Jesus,” in that direct linguistic connection exists between his name and the salvation of God’s people: “You shall call his name ‘Jesus,’ for he will save his people from their sins” (1:21). Insofar as Jesus’ name comes from the Hebrew word for “salvation,” Matthew’s argument makes perfect sense: Miriam’s son must be called “salvation” precisely because “he/the Lord will save” his people from their sins.

The problem with “Yahshua” is not that the original name of Jesus cannot come from both roots (in fact, this may well be the case, since “Jesus” is so closely related to “Yehoshua”). The main issue is this: while the name “Yeshua” is widely attested in Jewish sources, the spelling/pronunciation of “Yahshua” is not attested at all. In the end, we must agree that even though it may sounds appropriate for “Yah to save” from a theological perspective–and thus to speculate that Jesus’ name might have been “Yahshua”– until some evidence is found to the contrary, the name “Yahshua” exists in the hypothetical realm alone; that is, “Yahshua” is only a real name in the minds of those who argue for it.



    • Hi, Joe. I’m not sure of the answer you’re angling for here… but in short, there are no “African origins of Judaism”; rather, the origins of Judaism are Judean (i.e., “Judaism” as the religious phenomenon we know today originates in Yehud, the southern half of Israel, in the Second Temple period). There is a prominent modern Ethiopian community that rightly traces its roots back to Judeans, and therefore identify as Jews, called the Beta Israel — many of whom have emigrated to the State of Israel.

    • Read The Moses Mystery: The Egyptian Origins of the Jewish People, also titled, The Bible Myth: The African Origins of the Jewish People, by Gary Greenberg.

    • Read The Moses Mystery: The Egyptian Origins of the Jewish People, also titled The Bible Myth: The African Origins of the Jewish People, by Gary Greenberg.

  1. In the book of Matthew 1:21 the name that was given by the angel to Mariam
    Was it Yahshua or Jesus…?
    Did Mariam and Joseph speak Hebrew or Greek?
    If they spoke Greek one could understand the name being Jesus, if they didn’t then one would have to assume that He was called Yahshua……?
    Would this be considered theory?

    • Thanks for your questions. Actually, in Matthew’s Gospel, the angel tells *Joseph* the name in a dream, not Miriam. More, the name that the angel spoke was neither Yahshua or Jesus. Mary and Joseph spoke Aramaic, in which Jesus’ name is Yeshua (ישׁוע), not Yahshua.

    • There are neo-gnostics who hinge the salvation of souls upon correct pronunciation, then they INCORRECTLY pronounce the Name and the Savior’s Name. You’ll see variants like Yahshua, Yahusha, Yahushua. Almost all of this comes from sincere but woefully ignorant gentiles trying to be Jewish. They learn 2 or 3 things from Strong’s Concordance, then think they are masters of Hebrew and head honchos of the Body. May they come to the light, and the rest of you kept safe from their lnowledge falsely so called.

      • There are people who write in all-caps, in order to yell. Gnostics would not be looking outside themselves for someone to ‘save their soul’, and they don’t believe in the orthodox fairy tale that Jesus or Yahshua or whoever died for our ‘sins’. Although you might have been just quoting from the Book of Timothy, your ‘knowledge’ falsely so called’, is also like the title of the anti-gnostic Church father, Irenaeus’ book, Against Heresies, also known as On the Detection and Overthrow of Knowledge Falsely So Called, so would you agree with Tertullian’s, I believe because it is absurd?

  2. So I am wondering how would you pronounce the name of the Israelite that the king james call:joshua? I don’t have my Hebrew Scriptures with me!That would be the correct way because this military leader was a type of moshiac,as he will lead both houses back to eretz Yisrael.There is another house of yehuda that is there now,not backed by any messiah,funding comes from the rothchilds and security from the industrial military complex

  3. The Codex Sinaiticus” the oldest Greek manuscripts dates to about the fourth century of our Common Era (A.D.).

    It clearly shows us that the word “Ἰησοῦς” or “Iesous” was never found in the text. What appears for what the translators write as “Jesus” in the English translations are the letters “ιυ”.
    These letters are the “Iota” and “Upsilon” which render the “yu” sound.

    In other places, the letters appear as “ιϲ”. These letters are “Iota” and what looks like a partial “ς” which is the letter “Sigma”.

    Again the name “Ἰησοῦς” is never found in the manuscript.

    The Strongs Concordance translates the name more properly a Joshua.

    H3091 – Yĕhowshuwa` יהושוע.

    The Name as prophesied in the Torah like found in the scroll of both Zechariah and Ezra.

    • You are apparently unaware of the NOMINA SACRA phenomenon in the Greek manuscripts of the New Testament, including Codex Sinaiticus. This phenomenon was applied to “SACRED NAMES” (i.e., NOMINA SACRA). Instead of spelling such words/names as IHSOU, THEOS, CHRISTOS, or KURIOS fully, the copyists would abbreviate to just two letters, usually the first letter and the last. The last letter would vary according to the case ending of the abbreviated noun. Thus, the name IHSOU would be IU, THEOS would be the two letters THETA and SIGMA, CHRISTOS would be XS, and KURIOS would be KS. Each of these abbreviations would have a line inscribed above them to signify that they were abbreviations. If you look closely at the pages of Codex Sinaiticus, you will see these abbreviations throughout, with the requisite line over the top.

    • Thank you for joining the discussion, Immanuel. You raise a lot of important issues. I’ll try to give some brief responses.
      1) Indeed, Codex Sinaiticus is believed to date from the 4th century CE/AD, but earlier mss. and fragments also exist.
      2) Yes, the issue of nomina sacra (abbreviations for “sacred names”) affects Christian transmission of an enormous number of texts. You mention Ι̅Ϲ̅ (an abbreviation for the nominative case of Ἰησοῦς Iēsous “Yeshua/Jesus”) and Ι̅Υ̅ (for the genitive case). Some other forms, and some other types of abbreviation, are also used for Ἰησοῦς (Iēsous) in various grammatical cases; and the manuscripts also abbreviate a number of additional words.
      3) A key point is that in order for an abbreviation to have been recognizable, the full form must have been known. Frequently a given manuscript has both an abbreviated form and also a full form (in different passages). In general, comparison across passages, texts, and manuscripts can reveal the full form that is being abbreviated.
      4) As far as I am aware, several early manuscripts (and many later ones) spell out Ἰησοῦς (Iēsous) fully. According to Traube (Nomina sacra, pp. 113-114), even the Codex Sinaiticus has one case of writing out this name fully; and the Codex Vaticanus – regarded as the oldest extant codex of the whole Greek Bible, just a bit older than the Sinaiticus – has at least 168 such cases of writing Ἰησοῦς (Iēsous) in full!
      5) We also have significant attestation of ישוע (Yeshua) in Hebrew/Aramaic for the period under discussion. And multiple traditions in cognate languages also give similar pronunciations.
      6) Strong’s is referring to the Hebrew name יהושע (Yehoshua), as found in the Hebrew Bible and usually translated “Joshua.” The Hebrew name ישוע (Yeshua) is a short form of that name, as explained in this article. It should be noted that Strong’s is not saying anything at all here about the Greek variants, only about the Hebrew name (which we also identify above as “Joshua”).
      7) I’m not sure what you mean by your last sentence; could you explain?

  4. I realize that there is a Judeo-Christian group called the Assemblies of Yahweh who call Jesus Yahshua. Even the way Jesus is spelled would tell you it’s Yeshua and not Yahshua.
    Since Greek was spoken and written at the time in Israel in Yeshua’s day, my question is how pervasive or widespread was it used by the Jews at that time? I know that Israel was part of the Greek Empire before the Romans came along besides the fact that there were also Hellenistic Jews who spoke and wrote Greek.
    We attribute the entire New Testament largely to their efforts.
    Did Yeshua also spoke Greek besides Aramaic? That would also provide an interesting clue as well.
    Thanks for sharing this information.

    • Thanks, James. It’s always possible that Jesus knew/spoke some Greek, since we have many Greek inscriptions from Israel in the first century. More, we know that there was a Roman presence in the area, so non-Jews would have certainly used Greek (and likely Latin) among the Jews. However, Jesus’ primary spoken language was Aramaic, and he could certainly read (or, better, recite) biblical Hebrew as well. Just to be safe, I wouldn’t suppose that Jesus knew more an a handful of Greek words and phrases, since the lingua franca in his homeland was Aramaic, and because the Gospels only attest to him speaking Aramaic (transliterated into Greek; e.g., Mk 5:41; 7:34; Matt 27:46).

      • As scriptures point out that Jesus is the Word, I presume He spoke all languages but only limited Himself during His ministry. Am I assuming too much?

        • Thanks for your very good question, Chris. Jesus being the “Word” in John 1 is not in relation to his ability to speak words or languages. Rather, it has to do with his functionality as God’s “Word” — an earthly manifestation of God’s being. Jesus’ role as the “Word of God” doesn’t get us any traction with respect to which languages he might have been able to speak.

  5. This article was very confusing at first because I had no idea there is a sect that calls Jesus Yahshua and I could only assume Yahshua was another way to spell Yeshua.

    • I thought so too until I came across a study course by Dwight Pryor entitled,”Behold the Man” which is an introduction to the Jewish roots of the Christian faith. But I do get the Assemblies of Yahweh monthly magazine which contains articles by the late Elder Jacob Meyer, the cult leader.

      • I am not a member now nor ever have been a member of the Assemblies of Yahweh, but I think is out of line to call any group of believers “a cult” without stating very sound and clear reasons as to why it is a cult. As far as I know the assemblies observe the Sabbath and feasts, do not believe in the trinity, do baptism, etc, all sound biblical doctrines. Could James n. Benko explain why he refers to the assemblies as a cult?

  6. I am probably misunderstanding the significance of this, but why does it whether followers of Christ say “Jesus” or “Yeshua”, and if it does matter, would it then matter if a follower of Christ used the most appropriate name, but mispronounced it?

    • Isn’t this argument in danger of ‘straining at a gnat whilst swallowing a camel? Jesus is more concerned with our hearts than our spelling and pronunciation abilities.

      • That is an excellent point, Gene and Elaine. Naming someone a member of a “cult” is going off the rails when Christ is our common savior. He Himself said that you must believe that “I AM”, Ego Eimi, or you will die in your sins.

        • I agree that this should not be a controversial issue. But just for the record, if I am ever mispronouncing someone’s name, I will humbly accept correction instead of fighting for my right to continue mispronouncing it.

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          • Jn8:24Therefore I told you that you will die in your sins.If you don’t believe that I am (the Messiah) you will die in your sins.”

      • Personally, no offense, but why wouldn’t you want to be called by the name you were originally given? Especially our Master who should be reverenced by calling him is real name which means salvation. Since the Name of Jesus, some say, in Hebrew roots, that it doesn’t mean anything. And that the letter J did not even exist 500 years ago.

    • Gene and Elaine, thanks for the comments. Certain groups promote the idea that the “real” name of Jesus/Joshua/Yeshua/Yehoshua was “Yahshua” (and that this is very important). Hence, for some people this has become a big issue (for others, not). Based on our understanding of the history and language involved, we’ve put forward our two shekels for consideration. 🙂 The theological question that may arise in Christianity over how essential it is to (re)discover the original pronunciation of this name is something we don’t get into in this article.

    • Raymond Lynch, it’s because the New Testament is translated from the Latin and Greek manuscripts. Jesus is the English transliteration from the Latin and the Latin from the Greek.
      Look at the similarities
      Hebrew: Yeshua
      Greek: Iesous
      Latin: Iesus
      English: Jesus
      All these languages except English were used for the public sign on the execution stake or cross that was nailed above Jesus’ head when He was crucified.
      See John 19:19-20.

      • @James N. Benko
        Thanks for this reminder. I think it is great to have these historical discussions, the Lord knowing it would be so. Maybe that’s why He ordained that three different versions of His name would be displayed for the whole world to see, since presently there are hundreds of languages and dialects (variations in spelling and pronounciation) with people all over the world using his name in reverence and thankfulness.

      • Hello James N. Benko,
        You are correct in what you have writen to Raymond Lynch, with the exception of one minor point, that being that “Jesus is the English transliteration from the Latin”. Actually, the first transliteration of the Latin name into English was also spelled the same as in Latin “Iesus” as seen in the English KJV 1611 edition. The letter “J” was not first used in our English language until the 16th century, and did not become common until the 17th century. So the transliteration from the Latin name became Jesus in the 17th century.

        • Craig, I looked up John 1 in the 1611 KJV and you’re absolutely correct. The letter J was used after 1611 and then became normative in the most English translations we use today. The only exceptions are the Messianic Bibles that are published for use as well.

          • Hi James and Craig, You might notice, though, that the much older Wycliffe Bible (1394) writes Jhesu for Jesus. The letter j was initially interchangeable with i in English (fist used in Latin as an embellishment in a final form, i.e. xiij=13), but it was an Italian (Gian Giorgio Trissino, 1524) that first sought to set the letter j’s sound to the soft j sound in Taj Mahal. This letter has quite an interesting history, doesn’t it?

  7. I do feel that it does make a difference in the last days. It’s not hard for any language to pronounce. I have tried for a good while to find the true name of the Messiah. Though it says He will have a name written that no one will know but Him on his thigh. When the imposter comes, I think the true name will make a difference to the true children.

  8. I am currently studying Biblical Hebrew, I (very sadly) had to withdraw from Ulpan. I have very happily taken 3 additional courses: Jewish background of the Old Testament; Jewish background of the New Testament; and Geography of the Bible lands. I cannot afford to take any additional courses now, much as I would wish to do so, if I were granted a scholarship to take additional Judaic studies courses, it would be a little bit of heaven for me!
    I have learned so much through my courses, and of course, I would love to learn more.
    As to comments above, about which languages might have been spoken by Joseph and Miriam, we ‘westerners’, who are largely monolingual, often forget that much of the world speaks in more than one language! Aramaic, Hebrew, Greek… Joseph and Mary no doubt were fluent in each of these languages!

  9. As I was reading all the insightful comments, Holy Spirit lead me to the cross: what was written on top of Jesus’ head? God bless! Shalom, Shalom

  10. Thank you James I didn’t know all those names were nailed above Jesus’ name which clears things up for me. Like the name Geoge is spelled and pronounced differently throughout the world so the various names of those used by Greek He few and Latin was translated to Jesus….like many countries are changed into the English spelling i.e. kypros we spell Cyprus….(why we don’t keep the original I don’t know).

    I really don’t know what the fuss is about thank goodness HE knows who we are praying to and that’s all that counts

    • Guys, please, quite being such idiots! (I am sorry I am normally calmer than that, but can see people acting so stupid). Jesus of course an English (no one claims that Jesus was the Messiah Hebrew name) but so is Jerusalem vs. Yerushlaim, Elijah vs. Eliyahu, and so on. Please, be reasonable about these things. You will give me some serious stress related problems sooner or later, if I continue to keep reading this nonsense.

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      • Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg,
        I have followed many of your articles and have enjoyed everyone up until now. Actually, your article is just fine, however, I find your comment, where you call people “idiots” and that they “are acting so stupid”, very disheartening. You read the comments deciding if to post them. Rather than publicly berating a person, would it not have been better to just not post their comment? Is this type of behavior that we should emulate our savior? Regardless if called Jesus, Yeshua, or Yahushua, we are to follow His example. Please post my reply to your comment.

        • Thank you Crait for your post. I hope you’re not doing what you accuse me of. But as for an explanation, I was writing concerning several people’s posts, and I mentioned no one by name. I was not “publicly berating a person” as you wrote. I was calling for sense and reason in the discussion and snap everyone out of drawing irrational conclusions. If you are offended by this, then I certainly apologize, but if you implore us to emulate the Savior (which I completely agree with), then be advised that even He offended people fairly often when they were acting irrationally or unlovingly. It is tough, but it is still love.

          • Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg, I sincerely apologize if you feel I was attempting to berate you. I meant my email to be brotherly admonishment. Perhaps I read your post wrong, it was a direct reply to anonymous’s posting, even though addressed to “Guys”. We can each lose our cool at times, you wrote you are normally calmer, which having read many of your posts, I can attest to myself. Yes, our Savior did at times offend people, those who were claiming to know and teach the Fathers will, but were way off the mark, as He pointed out. Shalom Brother

    • Acts 7:45 show the son of Nun’s name as “Iesous”, same as the Mashiach’s name. We know son of Nun’s name is “Yehoshua”, which means “YHWH’s salvation”. “Yehoshua” is not same as “Yeshua”.
      Is “Yeho” the proper abbreviation for “YHWH”? “YaH” has been the short form for “YHWH”, as in “HalleluYaH”, EliYaH, etc. Is it the Parushim’s tradition to avoid pronouncing the Name by deviating “YaH” to “Yeho”, “Ye”, “Yo” where possible?

  11. Read the esoteric and occult book “Calendarium Naturale Magicum Perpetuum” (1582) and you know the origin of this word.

  12. I prefer to call him by title “Sar Shalom ” to avoid needless arguments among believers.We were in a fellowship once, a lady felt like she had to apologize for using the Name Jesus.That really scared my wife,The messiah is smart,I feel like he understands all the confusion.There have been destructive name wars raging among believers,which is of the devil

  13. Yah.
    Exodus 23:21. Pay attention to him and listen to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since my Name is in him.

    Yah is the short form of God’s personal name Yahwah, used about fifty time in the Old Testament.
    Yah-wah / Yah-shua

    The Rabbi’s began changing the Hebrew language in 167 BC.

    The assignment of the vowels in Hebrew are arbitrary, in order to hide his real name. This is also true of God’s own personal name which is Yahwah.
    The Orthodox Jews believe that it is their duty to conceal God’s personal name from the public.

    The English form “Jesus” was not seen nor spoken until after the year 1525, when Sir William Tyndale, a Protestant Reformer from Oxford, England; invented it.

    The best evidence is that his proper name was “y’shua”. But because the Galileans always dropped their ‘ayins’, hence “y’shu,” for which in the talmud many Jewish people use as an acronym meaning “may his name be blotted out”. The letters in “YSHU” stood for the sentence, “Yemach Shmo u’Zikro” meaning “may his name be blotted out” (from the scroll of life). According to a Jewish proverb, the worst death is eternal anonymity.

  14. Shalom. Thank you for this article. I like to call Him by his proper name, Yeshua. I think he understood when I called him Jesus in earlier times that I did not know any better.

  15. Why “Miriam”? The original has “Maria” resp. “Mariam”, “Miriam” is recent, not old.
    By the way, a retranslation is in any case suspicious….

    • Learning original languages would prevent misconceptions like this one. The Greek removes the final m in order to add required case endings, but in spite of this, Miraim is still attested multiple times in the Greek NT (cf. eg. Mat 13:55) and throughout the Aramaic Peshitta. Besides this, Jews typically take names of ancestors, and with at least six different women bearing this name in the NT, it should be clear that they are named after Moses’ and Aaron’s sister, Miriam (Exo. 15:20). Are you sure “Miriam” is “recent”?

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  16. Thank you, The end of your article is very true, that whatever name we call, either Yeshua, Yahshua, or Jesus, is only a real name in the mind of those who argue for it. In the end, are we only believe the one who came to save us? regardless what pronunciation we use!

    • Yes, We are all talking about the same Savior, Harry, but to use an imagined and unattested pronunciation of his name is an “invention” beyond the Bible. We should all find that disturbing.

  17. I think it’s incredibly important to Callbout Saviour by his real name. It’s by his name we are saved.
    I think ‘jesus’ Has been so misused and abused in the past and today, it makes people stop for a second when a person says Yeshua.

  18. Thank you, Dr. Eli. I was attempting to read all the post and literally was getting so stressed out from the outright vitriol of some!

    I’ll be taking classes after the New Year. I can hardly wait!

    • Surprisingly, Kathleen, it appears to be a touchy subject! Well, looking forward to seeing you in the courses next month. Many blessings to you!

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  19. Wow. Did I walk into a battle of intellects? I thought I was goin to read a serious article with discussions and came out with phony phonetic foolishness? Shall we resurrect the Tetragrammaton? Do we literally interpret there is power in the name as a secret pronunciation magically giving us powers? Or, is the power in the authority and meaning behind the name, as it should be? Does anyone believe that we know the “real” pronunciation of words that are thousands of years Old? I doubt we do. Give it up this is not glorifying

  20. It was prophesied that Jesus shall be called Immanuel at birth and in Jeremiah as the LORD Our Righteousness, why this never happened like that of Sampson and John at birth?

    • Jeremiah 23:6 is likely a prophecy of the redemption which has not happened yet, and as for Immanuel, Mat. 1:23 seemed to have to problem calling the prophecy fulfilled. Besides, the angel instructed Yeshua’s parents what to call Him, and they did, just like in the case of Samson or Yochanan.

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      • Jesus is “Immanuel,” as John’s prologue points out: In the beginning was the Word and the Word with God and the Word was God: Immanuel.

          • “ImmanuEL” means “ELOHIM is on our side (against our enemies)”, as per the name’s original context in YeshaYaH. It does not mean “ELOHIM incarnate”!

      • Not only is Jesus Immanuel (Godwithus: John1), Anna prophesied that He was the Redemption of Israel(Luke 2:36-38), which comes with Jesus’ death/resurrection.

        • The redemption of Israel is when a Davidic king is ruling Israel, her enemies are defeated, the Temple is rebuilt and Torah law is instituted. Those did not happen during Yeshua’s first ministry. That will happen in His second coming.

  21. Dear All, the important matter about the name (or any name) is the MEANING of the name, rather than the pronounciation of the name. So, is the meaning of the Mashiach’s name “Salvation” OR “YHWH Saves”?. From the knowledge of the correct MEANING, then go and use that pronounciation which is congruent and faithful with that MEANING.
    Don’t be distracted by any human traditions, especially the one that says “You shall not pronounce or verbalise the NAME”; because that tradition will force you to ignore the true NAME and go for some other names.

  22. I admit, that I have had difficulties with Yeshua or Yashua
    I know Yeshua aka Joshua is correct and was a common name.

    It’s therefore the name Yeshua stands in stark contrast to:
      Phil 2: 9
    For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,

    Yeshua is not at all a name above every other name, that name is YaHWeH,

    The Jews Jesus should convert. knew the name of God was YaHWeH
    Therefore could the name in Jn 17:6+26, also refer to Jesus himself.

  23. Very good Dr Elie I am enjoying all these short Post. I understand the difference in spelling of Jesus name now and all the the different points the forum brings to the table. Please don’t stop sending them to me.

  24. Just joined and started level one Hebrew so am no theologian…that said, it seems that I will be saved by believing in my heart and confessing with my mouth that Jesus/Yeshua I Lord. That verse (and others) tells me the requirements for salvation…it does not say “except if you misspell or mis-pronounce or don’t know Hebrew or haven’t heard of gnostics or any other inability to speak the proper name of Yahweh or Yeshua.” I fully expect to learn more and broaden my knowledge, it would appear that some knowledge renders you contentious and critical. Help us to avoid that.

  25. Interesting article!!!!
    I have a concern … Is there a difference between Yahoshua or Yehoshua?
    I heard that Yahoshúa would be the oldest pronunciation and Yehoshua a modern pronunciation.
    The same with Yahudah and Yehudah. What is the bibliographic basis for these positions?
    Thank you!!!

    • This is a complicated question, but there is evidence that the most ancient (mostly prebiblical) Semitic forms indeed preserved full vowels (ya instead of ye), but all biblical Hebrew reduces full vowels based on consistent and predictable rules. In short, Moses would have said Yehoshua (with a reduced vowel schwa).

  26. How does “the Lord saves” connect with Joseph being a JUST man and taking Mary as his wife? Joseph’s fear seems to be related to being just, but I am not sure what putting her away privately meant at the time and if it was an OT law. I guess I am pondering this so I understand the difference between Yahshua and Yeshua

    • Hi Kat, these two issues are not directly related. In natural terms, it seemed that Mary had cheated on Joseph before they consummated their marriage. But so as not to humiliate her, he wanted to divorce her privately.

  27. I really enjoyed this post Dr. Eli! Thank you! I’m disheartened to see folks arguing in the way they are. I fully agree with your post, but I respect those that disagree with you. If two Jews in a room are known to have 3 opinions, why do we tear each other down for our own differing opinions? The paganoia and the rude remarks between people doesn’t build the body, it tears it apart. My goal in my own city has been to find ways to bring congregations together for the moedim. Everyone has their own theologies and opinions, but let’s get over it and celebrate our relationship with our Bridge Groom King as a body rather than islands of angry individuals.


  28. Why we remain willfully blind is stupefying indeed. “My name shall be in Him” said the FATHER who is “YHWH” YAHUWAH. The Son is YAHUWSHUAH.

  29. Yes. Thank you for this knowledge and the work it takes to share it. I suggest to all commenters, learn to use concordance tools. Study!

  30. The correct name is YAHSHUA. The Father’s name is in His Son’s name according to Exodus 23:21. The Father’s name is YAH, hence YAHSHUA.

  31. Hi there! I loved the article. I’ve been trying to study the name ישוע and I think that I’ve found something rather interesting. I would love your opinion, and correction if I am headed in the wrong direction with my thinking. I think I realize a pattern in Barron’s 501 Hebrew Verbs that seems to me that the “vav” entered into a verb in the next-to-last position makes the verb a Passive Participle, or an adjective. So in my way of thinking, the word ישע, saved, would be changed to ישוע, saved, but not as a verb, more as a description of a state of being. So when, as a Christian, I declare that I am saved (saved being my current and permanent state of being, through the blood of Christ) I am declaring that I am ישוע. Just like a bride taking the name of her husband. The thought that I have taken the name of my Saviour fills me with an overwhelming sense of humility…and sense of how deeply He loves us. Thank you very much for your time. And thank you for the enlightening articles!

    • That was very creative and very well thought out. However the vowels would not match (patach instead of a shva) and different original binyans (one being simple paal, and the other coming from hiph’il, ye-ho-shia). But nevertheless, very creative and it certainly preaches!

  32. His name is Spirit and is revealed as it was to Peter, when he answered, you are Jesus, the Christ, the Son of God.

    • Hoshea means “Save!” (command form). Yehoshua (the name from which the Aramaic variation “Yeshua” derived) most likely means YHWH the Helper/Savior or YHWH will save. “Salvation” in Hebrew is Yeshu-‘AH (with a feminine heh suffix and the emphasis on the last syllable).

  33. What is the argument against using translated names and languages together, and then moving on to more urgent matters, for example, is the book of Daniel still sealed? What would change if it was unsealed?

    • Translations generally contain less information than the original does. Furthermore, names are personal and (in Hebrew anyway) carry meaning. “Jesus” has no inherent meaning in English, whereas “Yeshua” in Hebrew means “He will save.” Besides, (some people argue) that is what his mama called him. Your second question is off-topic, but sealing something indicates that it is ended, closed and intended for a specific audience (for Daniel, at a later time). When it is “unsealed” it is pertinent. Sure, many things in Daniel have happened by now, but it is possible that his prophecies could have multiple fulfillments.

  34. Can I just say Dr Eli, it is greatly disappointing to me how no one has commented or paid due credit to you for your “Hello, my name is Yeshua” sticker for the background ? I appreciate your sense of humour and the patience in which you’ve maintained this thread!

    I think the conversation you had during round table talks with Dr Michael Brown regarding ancient languages was most insightful around this topic; God in His infinite wisdom, grace and mercy communicates His word (and Word!) to each of us where we are at. Jesus did the same, meeting people where they were at and speaking into their circumstances with words they could understand (except in case of parables of course haha).

    I enjoy publicly reading translations such as Hawaiian Pidgin to convey the point of God reaching out to us where we are at and speaking in a language we can understand. He is good.

  35. Hi !! english is my second leanguage and i am not shure i andersten your article If Yeshua is shorten version of Yehoshua which name is more correct YEHOSHUA OR YESHUA Thank you very much and Croatian greetings

    • Hi Nadia, the name that Mary would have called her son is Yeshua (or possibly Yeshu’ because of a Galilean accent that doesn’t pronounce the final vowel.) Yehoshua was “outdated” after the Babylonian Exile. It was shortened by the first century to Yeshua.

    • Yehovah is the result of putting the vowels of Adonai (shwa, cholem, qamatz) into the consonants of YHWH (yud, heh, vav/waw, heh). In the Hebrew Bible, this is actually only one of six attested vowel patterns for YHWH. It is quite certain that Yehovah is not the original pronunciation of YHWH. Yahoveh (with a reduced “o” and the stress on the last syllable) is more plausible (by comparing transliterations of YHWH from other languages), but it still represents vav as “v” even though it certainly was originally more of a “w” sound originally. But there is still much disagreement about whether YHWH is two or three syllables and what exactly its vowels were (since Hebrew vowel pointings were invented long after the pronunciation of YHWH ceased.

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  36. Can you please comment on the following?

    We have proved that the vowel points which dictate this form of transliteration ‘JEHOSHUA’ are less ancient that the letters of the word, having been introduced between 600 and 900 C.E. As with the tetragrammaton, we must reject these vowel points because they

    • This is from Wikipedia? They are just saying that vowel points were invented later, in the middle ages, and they were intentionally incorrect for YHWH. There is no reason to reject the traditional reading of Joshua’s name as Yehoshua. This form can readily be correlated to a common verbal form in Hebrew, so there is no reason for suspection of tampering, as with the tetragrammaton.

  37. Hello, I am Shaka , an author of The Genesis of The Bible, sold on Amazon. Yes, I understand where you guys are coming from, but the Messiah name could never have been Jesus or Yahshua, because the letter “j”, “u”, “w”, “z”, did not exist until the Middle Ages

    • Well, we are talking about pronunciation, not spelling. Sure, Latin’s original spelling was Iesvs, but using modern convention it was pronounced Yesus. But Messiah’s name was Hebrew/Aramaic ישוע which is transliterated as Yeshua. Getting back to the article though, it is addressing whether His name was pronounced YAH-shua (as opposed to Ye-SHU-a) because this variant gaining popularity all over the world. Nonetheless, it is not attested anywhere except in the imagination.

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  38. “…it is addressing whether His name was pronounced YAH-shua (as opposed to Ye-SHU-a)…” Really?! I’m really surprised because I read the article and all the comments and I did not realize that the emphasis on the syllables was the argument. I am not allowed to post more words???

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  39. Many view this discussion as being about semantics. Instead of viewing this as a reason to take a deeper dive into “Knowing The Son of God” it seems some see it as being divisive. Dr. how would you respond to the semantics comment?

    Thanks in advance!

  40. I enjoyed this article, I personally think people ha e attempted to make there case on one isolated scripture for Yahshua. Just because something has been transliterated doesnt mean it loses its signifance!

  41. Le nom “Iaishai” — dont “Iésous” [ ΙΗΣΟΥΣ ] est la forme grecque — est une combinaison du nom divin [ IAI / IL EST ] et du mot “Salut” [ ISHAI / SALUT ].

  42. Thank you Michael, Your response is Insightful and pleasurable to read and so is most of the others. But I am delighted that you have cleared up the wrong that has been spun before us over all these yaers. Many do not want us to know His Name.

  43. ​Yeshua or Yashua would never have been walking around with a Latinized English name, We have been lied to and it is not about, who cares about a simple translation of the Name of the Messiah. This is a matter of Eternal Life or condemnation in whatever form Our Father has communicated in his Word.

  44. YaHshua is wrong? Yehoshua is right? Jesus is right? Wait, what did I miss in this business of transliterating His Birth Name? Isn’t the letter O and added vowel? So, from Yehoshua to Jesus — Geezus or heyZues, but not Yahshua?

  45. Dr Eli, would you mind if I present you small article on my website, with full credits of course and a link back to your site? Thanks, Dan

  46. I find the discussion both enlightening and very confusing. I don’t think it is important to pronounce the name according to the original language. We do not do this in English; for example, Egyptians do not call themselves Egyptians – taken from the Greek. They are Msri (Msrieen – forgive my transliteration). What is truly important here is that Jesus/Yashua knows us by name and He will always pronounce our name correctly. Peace and blessings!

  47. Your finite minds are no match to Almighty Father
    a=1 b=2 c=3
    Jesus=Messiah74=Cross74=GodSon74=GodBlood74=GodPenance . . .
    Jesus cries out for help [to save] (‘shua’), doesn’t save (‘sha’)
    Yah34(uah30)=’God’ Yah34(ushua70)=’Jesus’ [Yahweh=70]
    Yahushua104=Eucharist=Jerusalem=4×God26=the four quarters

  48. Ultimately, It was Yah that Saved, and raised Jesus/Yeshua from the grave for the whole of mankind. Just as with Moses, etc. It was ultimately, not of them, But, of the Lord, when they made intercession. As Jesus said about Lazarus. Father, I thank you that you have heard me. It is no way taking away from Jesus’ role.

  49. It is not an issue as to how the Messiah’s name was written in Hebrew. That is well established. The issue is how it was pronounced. In a 90 pge book that I have written (called “The Name Above All Names”) I believe I have shown clearly from the Bible, and from extra biblical facts, that it was pronounced with the name “Yah” in its pronunciation, and that it should, therefore, be written as “Yashua” or “Yahshua”.


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