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How "Yeshua" Became "Jesus"

The name Yeshua literally means “The LORD's Salvation,” or “Salvation from the LORD.” In comparison, prior to being transliterated from the Hebrew Bible, the name “Iesus” did not exist in Greek. Through multiple translations and changes in pronunciation, a tradition of saying "Jesus" has obscured His real name, "Yeshua." It has shifted his message and identity from Hebrew to Greek.

The first letter in the name Yeshua ("Jesus") is the YOD. Yod represents the "Y" sound in Hebrew. Many names in the Bible that begin with yod are mispronounced by English speakers because the yod in these names was transliterated in English Bibles with the letter "J" rather than "Y". This came about because in early English the letter "J" was pronounced the way we pronounce "Y" today.

All proper names in the Old Testament were transliterated into English according to their Hebrew pronunciation, but when English pronunciation shifted to what we know today, these transliterations were not altered. Thus, such Hebrew place names as ye-ru-sha-LA-yim, ye-ri-HO, and yar-DEN have become known to us as Jerusalem, Jericho, and Jordan; and Hebrew personal names such as yo-NA, yi-SHAI, and ye-SHU-a have become known to us as Jonah, Jesse, and Jesus.

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