The Name

The name Baal means lord, that is master, owner, husband. The Bible says in Jeremiah 23: 27 that Israel had forgotten God’s name for Baal. Hosea 2: 16 says “And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali.”

The name ‘Ishi’ can mean ‘man’ or ‘husband’, but it can also mean ‘Yish’iy’ to save (1Chron. 2: 31), and to deliver which come from the word ‘yasha’ which means salvation, that is the name ‘Yhowshuwa’, YHVH-saved. The name Jehovah comes to us from the Hebrew root word ‘Hayah’ meaning to exist. This was the name God spoke to Moses at Sinai “THE I AM THAT I AM”. In Hebrew, it’s pronounced ‘Ehyeh Aser Ehyeh’ [eh’je a’ | er eh’je] but we must remember the Hebrew had no vowels, only consonants. ‘Hayah’ would be seen as “HYH”, to exist, the eternal would be seen as “YHVH”, called the Tetragrammaton. Variations could even appear like “YHYH”, or “YH”. They did not pronounce the name out of extreme reverence, so they called him The HaShem which means The Name. YHVH itself could just be seen and not read. Either it was because they could not, or would not pronounce the name out of reverence. Vowels were added to create a hybrid name YeHoVaH taken from Adonai meaning Lord. Variations could also appear like “YaHoVah”, “YeHoVaH”, “YaHaYaH”, “YeHoViH, YaHH, YHoVaH or “YeHoWaH”. God changed Abrams name to AbraHAm adding “HA” which comes from ‘Hayah’. When YHVH decided to come to earth he chose Yehoshua, or Yeshua, which means as we read earlier YHVH-saved, or Jehovah saves. The Father to son, The “Y” chromosome in Christ! YHVH in flesh!

In English Yeshua comes to us as Joshua, or Jeshua. But the Greek form is ‘Iesous’, this is where the name Jesus comes from. Notice the Greeks use “I” for “J”. The letter “J” itself comes from German speaking people groups related to Shem. Germans used “Ja” like we use “Ya” or “Yes”. The name Jesus comes from a Greek translation of the Aramaic short form (Yeshu’a), which was the real name of Jesus. 1 As an English name, Joshua has been in use since the Protestant Reformation. Jesus’ name in the many languages of the world: Yeshua (Ancient Aramaic), Essa, Isa, Issa, Yushua (Arabic), Josu (Basque), Iesous (Biblical Greek), Yehoshua, Yeshua (Biblical Hebrew), Iesus, Iosue (Biblical Latin), Jozua (Dutch), Josue’ (French), Xesus (Galician), Iokua (Hawaiian), Yehoshua (Hebrew), Jozsua (Hungarian), Giosue’ (Italian), Josue (Portuguese), Jesus, Josue’ (Spanish), Jesus (Theology), Isa (Turkish).

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