I thought that you all might like to know something about the name “Jesus.” Here are the comments of Jewish Rabbi Robert Gorelik, a believer in the Messiah Yeshua and the teacher who will be accompanying us on the trip to Israel on October 14.
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Here’s what Bob has to say:
From Rabbi Robert Gorelik
Yeshua-masculine form of the Hebrew word “salvation.” Yeshua is the proper Hebrew name of Jesus. “Jesus” is derived from the Greek Iêsous. Iêsous is a Greek transliteration of the Hebrew name Y’ho-shua or Joshua and means “the Lord is salvation.”
According to Mathew 1:21, Yeshua was named Salvation (not “the Lord is salvation”), because he would “save his people from their sins.” The “word-play” employed, i.e., between the name Yeshua and the Hebrew word for “save” exists only in Hebrew-it does not exist in Greek-and, it does not exist in English:
-v’ka-ra-tah et sh’mo yeshua ki hu yo-shi-ah et amo me-avono-tei-hem.
In my opinion, the name Yeshua also implies the deity of the Messiah, since the text in Matthew says that “Yeshua will save … from sins”-a statement that can only be true if Yeshua is the very “form of God” (Philippians 2:6-7). See also Exodus 15:2; Psalm 27:1; 37:39; 74:12; John 10:28; Acts 4:12)
Ironically, even though the name Jesus is the name by which Yeshua is known in English-in the First-century, he was never called by that name.
I talk about this frequently, because saying Yeshua’s name as Yah-shua is not only incorrect – it; 1) betrays an ignorance of Hebrew and 2) is an agenda-driven attempt (on the part of some) to insert God’s “Sacred Name” into the name of the Messiah, and 3) is not even the proper pronunciation of “YHVH saves” or “YHVH is salvation”.