Etymology of the Name Jesus

Why I Call Him Yehoshua

Don’t worry, I’m not saying anything against your preferred pronunciation, whether it be Jesus, Iesous, Isa, Yeshua or however you say salvation in your language.  Even though I know the etymology of the Name I still try to say Jesus in English because it’s the name most people recognize.

I was told Jesus meant Salvation long before I knew how to test it to the original Hebrew.  Sure enough, when I finally took the time to check I did find the root word for salvation; יָשַׁע Yasha #3467, a verb meaning to deliver and to my surprise a whole lot more…

avenged (1), avenging (2), brought salvation (2), deliver (27), delivered (8), deliverer (3), deliverers (1), deliverers who delivered (1), delivers (2), endowed with salvation (1), gained the victory (1), help (9), helped (5), preserve (1), safe (1), save (85), saved (33), saves (5), savior (13), surely will not save (1), victorious (1).

Yasha + YHVH = Yehoshua

יְהוֹשׁוּעַ Yehoshua #3091 is transliterated into English as Joshua.  It’s a combination of YHVH and Yasha, meaning YHVH Is Salvation.

יְהוָֹה YHVH means He Is, Was and always Will Exist, it’s the Eternal/Spiritual Name of our Creator.

Knowing the etymology helps us make connections we couldn’t see before.  For instance, it’s not clear how Jesus came “in the Name of YHVH,” but wait until you see the Hebrew:

Blessed is he who comes in the Name of the LORD (יְהוָֹה YHVH #3068)!  We bless you from the house of the LORD (יְהוָֹה YHVH). Psalm 118:26

The crowds that went ahead of Him and those that followed were shouting: “Hosanna (in Hebrew Yasha יָשַׁע na נָא means Please Save) to the Son of David!” “Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord (YHVH)!” “Hosanna in the highest!” Matthew 21:9

Even children, in the 1st Century, recognized their prophesied Messiah, Matthew 21:16; Psalm 8:2.

The humble not only knew the Name YHVH, they were expecting His Salvation.  The people recognized each fulfilled prophecy Yehoshua fulfilled because the Hebrew Scriptures (Moses and the prophets) were read in the Synagogues every Sabbath, Acts 15:21; Luke 16:29.

I hope this wets your appetite enough to do some checking of your own.  Thank you for reading.

3 thoughts on “Etymology of the Name Jesus

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  1. The way the transliteration got skewed is just amazing. What started out in Hebrew as Yah’s Salvation, then turned into Iesous because Greek didn’t have a “ya” sound, or a “sh” sound (witness that little matter of Sibboleth/Shibboleth) and they insisted a man’s name end in -us. It was like that when the King Jimmy translators did their deal. Then the leading “I” was renamed a “J” by an Italian secular humanist–and eventually made its way into the English, not terribly long afterward. And now people put up a big fuss about how it has to be “Jesus” when it’s only been that since the 17th century.


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