Is There More Than One Jesus in the Bible?
How Many Jesus Are In The Bible?
Hi let me say up front, that this hub is not written to upset, anger, or step on anyone's cherished beliefs, who may take these stories as literally true. I'm just pointing out something that may be beneficial to their understanding of these stories, if they're open to it. And if they're not open to it...that's fine too.
I don't take these stories as literally true
Now that, that's out of the way, let's get started.
It may seem like an odd question to ask “is there more than one Jesus in the bible?” Especially since we’ve been taught that Jesus is unique and that his name is the only name we can be saved by. So let’s take a little walk through the biblical woods and see if we can separate the woods from the trees.
The Origin Of The Name Jesus
First, let’s take a look at the derivation of Jesus’ name. The English name, Jesus, is a translation or transliteration of the Latin name Iesus. Iesus is a translation of the Greek name, Iesous (pronounced I ee sus). Iesous is a transliteration of the Hebrew name Yeshua or Yehoshua, or in English Joshua
You can find this information on your own; just do an internet search on the origin of the name Jesus.
With what we’ve just learned, I think it’s easy to see that Jesus’ name in English should be Joshua, I think that even a “blind man” could see that.
Now here’s the interesting question. Jesus’ real name is Yehoshua, so how can we only be saved by the name Jesus, since that’s not Jesus’ real name? Shouldn’t the only name we can be saved by be, Yehoshua, his real name?
If we wanted to substitute a name for Jesus’ real name, wouldn’t Joshua be the logical choice and make more sense, since that's his name in English? Joshua would be closer to Jesus’ real name, but that’s still not, his real name.
So why did Christian scholars, translate Yehoshua’s name as Jesus, rather than, Joshua as they did the name of Yehoshua the son of Nun, in the Old Testament, when they translated the Bible into English, in the seventeenth century AD? ( Joshua is the original Jesus in the bible).
We’ll take a look at that question in a second, but first, let’s take a look at how many people named, Jesus are in the bible, other than Jesus.
People named Jesus in the Bible
1) Jesus Barabbas, was the captive robber, whom the Jews begged Pilate to release, instead of Jesus after Jesus had been arrested.
2) Joshua, was the famous captain of the Israelites, and Moses' right hand man and successor (Ac. 7:45, Hebrew. 4:8).
3) Jesus, son of Eliezer, one of the ancestors of Christ (Luke. 3:29).
4) Jesus surnamed, Justus, a Jewish Christian, associated with Paul in the preaching of the gospel (Colossians. 4:11.) (Strong’s Bible Lexicon)
5.Jesus, "the Son of Sirach", the author of the Apocryphal book of Ecclesiasticus, who lived in the 3rd century BCE.(Dictionary.com)
Have you ever heard of these people? I hadn’t, until I did this research, the results of which I’m sharing with you now.
We’ve all heard the story of, how following Jesus’ arrest, the people were asked choose, which one of two prisoners they would like to set free, Jesus or Barabbas, and that they chose to set Barabbas free. But what you probably didn’t ,know, is, that, Barabbas’s first name was….Jesus! Isn’t that amazing! You have to prisoners with same name! But it’s even more amazing then that. This is the meaning of Barabbas: “Barabbas i.e., son of a father or the father, the notorious robber whom Pilate, proposed to condemn to death, instead of Jesus, whom he wished to release, in accordance with the Roman custom (John 18:40; Mark 15:7; Luke 23:19). But the Jews, were so bent on the death of Jesus, that they demanded that Barabbas should be pardoned (Matthew. 27:16-26; Acts 3:14). This Pilate did” (Easton's Bible Dictionary).
So Barabbas means son of the father. Why did the author of Matthew, leave out Barabbas' first name in this story? I think his first name was it left out on purpose.
Jesus was called the “son of the father”, and Jesus Barabbas, was called the “son of the father” So there were two "Jesus' “sons of the father" on trial that day! So which one was the "real" Jesus?
Obviously the translators of the story, only wanted us to focus on the Jesus, they wanted us to focus on. They didn’t want us to see, that, there were two “Jesus' on trial in that day. So how can we sure, which one was the real Jesus? That’s a good question to ponder, don’t you agree? For more on this issue (See "The Mystery of Barabbas" 1993 Dr. M.D. Magee ).
Joshua the son of Nun
Let's move on, and take a look at the original Jesus of Bible, Joshua the Son of Nun. Many people, may never have been aware of this, because, when the Septuagint, the original Greek Old Testament, was translated from Hebrew Bible around 3 BC, (300 years before Jesus) Joshua's name, was transliterated as, Ieous (Jesus).
Here’s what Strong's Bible Lexicon says about Joshua the son of Nun "Joshua = Jehovah (Yahweh) is his help, or Jehovah the Savior or God in the flesh. The son of Nun, of the tribe of Ephraim, the successor of Moses as the leader of Israel. He is called Jehoshua in Numbers. 13:16 (A.V.) and Jesus in Acts 7:45 and Hebrews. 4:8 (R.V. Joshua)". "The meaning of Nun = "fish" or "posterity" father of Joshua the successor of Moses".
Isn’t it interesting, that the fish was also the symbol of, Jesus and the early Christians? So was Joshua the original Hebrew Messiah? I say yes! For a more thorough look at this subject See (“The Cult of Joshua, Christianity Revealed" by Dr. M D Magee ()
Way before the New Testament was written; the early Jewish Christians’ Bible was “The Septuagint, the Hebrew Bible (the Old testament translated into Greek). In this Greek Bible, as was pointed out earlier, Yehoshua, Joshua’s Hebrew name, was transliterated as Iesous. This was the first time, the name that would eventually become, Jesus, became known to the early Greek speaking Christians. When they read the name, Iesous (Jesus), they knew that name was referring to, Joshua the son of Nun, not Jesus of Nazareth.
Ahmed Osman in his book, “Out of Egypt the roots of Christianity revealed”, states, “The name Jesus appeared for the first time in the Greek translation of the Old Testament made in Alexndria during the 3rd century BC. ‘Jesus’ then indicated the son of Nun, who succeeded Moses as the leader of the Israelites. Jesus is also the name given to Joshua the son of Nun in the works of Philo of Alexandria and Flavius Josephus, both Jewish authors of the 1st century AD. When the Christian Gospels, which were also written in Greek, spoke of Jesus, it was clear to the reader then that this was the same person as the Israelite leader who succeeded Moses. The confusion only appeared from the 16th century onwards, when the Bible was translated into English. Only then the name ‘Joshua’ was given to the Old Testament character, while ‘Jesus’ was used for his New Testament appearance”. (Out of Egypt, the roots of Christianity revealed, Ahmed Osman, 1998 Random House.)
So I think that pretty much shows us that, Joshua the son of nun, was the first Jesus in Bible.
Adam the son of God
Let's, look at what the gospel of Luke, says about who the first Son of God was, while giving Jesus’ supposed genealogy: Luke 3:38 "…Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the Son of God". So Adam was the original Son of God, very interesting. But, in the Old Testament, Adam is depicted as anything but a Son of God. Adam is depicted as a creation of God. But in Luke, Adam is depicted as the original Son of God, thousands of years before Jesus was born!
But how can that be, when we read, “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul”. Genesis 2:7. So obviously, the writer of Luke, wanted to make Jesus divine, by making him a descendant of Adam, the original son of god, even though Genesis states, Adam is a creation of god not a son of god.
There were many sons of god during that time, which is why, the early Roman Christian clergy, made Jesus the only begotten Son of God, to make him distinct from, and more legitimate than, other religions sons of god. But. all sons. are begotten by their fathers (Begotten is from Beget. “Beget meaning to procreate as the father: Sire: To produce as an effect or outgrowth” (Webster’ Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary
Sons of God and Angels
Although Adam wasn’t God’s son, genesis does mention that god had sons. "There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown" .Genesis 6:4
So I think this is proof positive that, contrary to what we’ve been taught to believe…that god had other sons besides Jesus. And the Old Testament doesn’t mention Jesus, as a son of god and he definitely, not the only son of god.
Some us think that when genesis refers to sons of god that the sons are really angels. Here’s what angel means. “Angel from the Greek, Angelos, and literally means messenger (Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary) as in "messenger of God", not "son of God" as some of us may have been conditioned or brainwashed, I mean taught to believe.
Jesus is said to be the son of god and the messiah because he’s a descendant of King David, because the messiah will be a descendent of King David. John 7:41 “Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee? John 7:42 Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?”
So Matthew was written to show that Jesus is a descendant of King David. Matthew 1:1 “the book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham”
But in Luke, Jesus implies he’s not descendant of King David, Luke 20:41 “And he said unto them, How say they that Christ is David’s son? 20:42 And David himself saith in the book of Psalms, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, 20:43 Till I make thine enemies thy footstool. 20:44 David therefore calleth him Lord, how is he then his son?”
I think that pretty much puts the nail in the coffin. Jesus is not a descendant of King David and therefore can’t be the messiah.
John the Baptist
Here’s another contradiction that show that Jesus is not the messiah. John the Baptist baptizes Jesus and witnesses miraculous phenomena that show him that Jesus is the son of God. John 1:32 “And John bore record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it stayed on him. 1:33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said to me, On whom you shall see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizes with the Holy Ghost. 1:34 And I saw, and bore record that this is the Son of God”.
But, later after he had been imprisoned, and heard about the miraculous things Jesus was doing. John sends his disciples to ask Jesus, is he the one to come or do they look for another: Matthew 11:2 “Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, 11:3 And said to him, Are you he that should come, or do we look for another?”
John baptizes Jesus, recognizes him as the Messiah, but now has to send his disciples, to ask if Jesus is the one to come, or do should they look for another? Something’s fishy in Boston, and it ain’t the fish. I’ll leave that one for you to ponder.
Jesus can’t do great works in his hometown
Jesus can’t do great works in his hometown
If Jesus is the messiah and God in the flesh, why did people’s belief, have anything to do with his ability, to heal them or to do great works?
Mark 6:3 “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. 6:4 But Jesus, said to them, a prophet is not without honor, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. 6:5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands on a few sick folk, and healed them. 6:6 And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.” If he’s God why couldn’t he do any great works in his supposed hometown?
His name shall be Emmanuel
The writer of Matthew tries to show that Jesus is the son of God or the Messiah by quoting a prophecy of the prophet Isaiah in the Old Testament:
Matthew 1:20 “But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, you son of David, fear not to take to you Mary your wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. 1:22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. 1:24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took to him his wife: 1:25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS”.
Now many of us may have read this story or heard about it, and think that this proves, that Jesus is the son of God or the Messiah. But, Isaiah’s prophecy says the child’s name shall be “Emmanuel” meaning “God with us”. But Joseph named his child “Jesus”. If Isaiah’s prophecy was about Joseph’s child, it didn’t come true because, Joseph named his child “Jesus” not “Emmanuel”. The angel of the Lord telling Joseph in a dream to name his son Jesus, contradicts what was said in Isaiah’s prophecy. So how can Isaiah’s prophecy be referring to Jesus?
The Original Messiah
The original Messiah was Joshua the son of Nun, the successor of Moses, who actually led the children of Israel into the Promised Land of Canaan. This makes Moses the forerunner of the Messiah. The fathers of early Roman Christian Orthodox Church adopted this pattern and applied to John the Baptist and Jesus, to legitimize their new religious cult, associating it with a more established religious tradition with a long textual history.
After that somewhat circuitous journey through our subject. Let's end by answer our starting question
Is There One Jesus In The Bible or More Than One?
Yes there is more than one Jesus in the Bible. Here's a reminder of who some of them are
1) Jesus Barabbas the captive robber whom the Jews begged Pilate to release instead of Christ.
2) Joshua the famous captain of the Israelites, Moses' successor (Acts 7:45, Hebrews 4:8).
3) Jesus, son of Eliezer, one of the ancestors of Christ (Luke 3:29).
4) Jesus surnamed Justus, a Jewish Christian, an associated with Paul in the preaching of the gospel (Colossians 4:11). (Strong's Bible Lexicon)
5.Jesus "the Son of Sirach" ) the author of the Apocryphal book of Ecclesiasticus, who lived in the 3rd century BCE.(Dictionary.com)
Should we turn a “deaf” ear and a “blind” eye to obvious contradictions in our religious beliefs, without doing some sustained research, into the history of what we’ve been taught to believe, without question, about our religious beliefs?
No we shouldn't.
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