Jesus vs Yahushua - What's in a name?
The name Jesus is quite clearly not Hebrew. Christ the Messiah was named "YAH (God) saves/is salvation" Matthew 1:21. "Yahushua" is the closest to the meaning when taking this back to the paleo Hebrew (assuming what we know about this language is True). This is often "translated" (and I use that term very loosley) to Joshua in modern English. So where did the name Jesus come from? Jesus is a varient of the Greek name (Ιησους or Iēsous) that is allegedly a translation of Yeshua, Yeshu, or in English (maybe) Joshua. There is no shortage of debate about the etymology of Hebrew & Greek lexicon in the world of Bible scholars. However, there is significant inconsistency with this translation fable we're being told. First, Koine Greek and Latin are not the same, and Greek has the characteristic (like Paleo Hebrew) of diglossia. This is rarely considered when discussing the transliteration of the Greek Ἰησοῦς Iēsous into Latin. Some theorize that the name Jason (Ἰάσων Iásōn) was used by Hellenized Jews to mean both Jason, and Joshua, and thus they are both interchangeable with the Latin to English name Jesus. A Jason to Jesus translation does seem to be fitting, and often interchangeable. Jason (Hebrew: Yason, יאסון) of the Oniad family, brother to Onias III, was a High Priest in the Temple in Jerusalem. Flavius Josephus records that his name, before he hellenized it, was originally Yēshua`. He hellenized his name to be Jason from Yēshua`... he didn't translate his name. Either way, there is no historical explanation for why it was translated from Latin to English to be Jesus (healer) and not the actual translation Joshua (Yah is salvation). Here's another mystery on the name for you. Why is Joshua in the OT (who fought the battle at Jericho) translated to English as Joshua (NOT Jesus), and Yahushua (Christ our Messiah) translated as Jesus if the name Jesus is truly a Greek version of Joshua? Also, Jason in Act 17:5 was not translated as Jesus or Joshua.
There's a growing number of "sacred name" folks out there that claim saying the name Jesus is calling on (invoking) other gods. I can't say if that's true, but it draws me to this verse:
"Now concerning everything which I have said to you, be on your guard; and do not mention the name of other gods, nor let them be heard from your mouth." -Exodus 23:13
There clearly is an effort to remove His name even by removing it from the Messiah's. The Messiah's was even stricken from the Talmud (but survived in a copy of the Munich Talmud). There is some question about this issue based on the following verses Romans 10:13 and Acts 2:21. How do we call on Him if we don't know His name? Perhaps this is the very reason behind the confusion. In a discussion of this topic, a friend mentioned that the name is the character of Yah, and the technical name is irrelevant. I tend to adhere to that line of thinking, but my natural inclination is what concerns me. The issue beyond the name IS the character. The early church usurped the faith with rituals/beliefs/traditions that were common in Pharisaical Juadaism, and Roman Mithraism. Likewise the character of Messiah is often told to be one of defiance to Yah's Commands. I feel that removing Messiah's Hebrew Israelite origins (including His name) is an extension of this. Does that mean that a name is significant? Well, if not then why did an Angel of Yah appear to Joseph and tell him specifically what to name Him in Mathew 1:21?
"She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Yahushua (Yah is Salvation), for He will save His people from their sins."
The name was not subject to the whims of men, but ordained by the Father. What if Joseph and Mary said "But we really like the name Antiochus". It's silly to speculate on such things obviously, but there is no shortage of Biblical accounts for what happens when people do not obey the Father. Zechariah (a Righteous and Holy man) was stricken mute for what would be perceived as a reasonable question of doubt when the Angel appeared before him. If I told you my name was Mikhail you would assume much about me that is not true. Likewise if I said it was Mikha'el. However if I said Michael.... see what I mean. Those are even examples of the same exact name in different languages, not name replacement.
If the name and the character of Jesus have convinced some not to follow the Father's commands, or to live in sin, then I would say that this could very well be a salvation issue for some. The idea that the Father knows our heart, and therefore it doesn't matter negates the need for the Word, and negates the need for the Messiah (our guide). The Father knew the heart of the Messiah, but still required His obedience. How much more pure is your heart than His?
Just curious... in what language do you think the Father wrote the commands that His people might read it and know it? I'm offering no answers here, but some understanding I've discovered in my study. I urge everyone to seek this out for themselves. Seek Him in all ways. Never resist the desire to know Him more intimately, but be on guard and always watchful. I personally do not use the term "LORD", and avoid speaking it. Likewise Amen. Look into it.
The debate about Yahweh vs Yahuah is likewise in this manner. Yahweh is an ancient Canaanite god based on historical artifacts (which I have not seen/read for myself) studied by many scholars in this region. Having studied Canaanite religion, I can say that it's pretty obvious to me that Israel was polluted with this false religion most of Biblical history.