What is the real name of our Savior?
How did we come to know Jesus as the name of our Savior? Language has a history of its own dating back many centuries ago. The alphabet has also gone through its own transformation from the Hebrew alphabet through our modern day English alphabet. In the Hebrew alphabet there is no letter J, so the names that we know today as Judah, John, and Jeremiah, in Hebrew their names are Yehuda, Yochanan, and Yirmiyah.
The name we know our savior as Jesus in today’s English language started the same way, is Hebrew name is Yeoshua, which means Yahweh saved. When he was born he was given the name of Immanuel, which means god with us. The first translation of our Savior’s name was Greek. The problem with the first translation is in Hebrew they write right to left whereas in the Greek language they write left to right. They spelled our Savior’s name Iesous, the Latin translation became Iesus. The last translation was in the English, the letter J was introduced by the Germanic language in the late 17th century after the 1611 printing of the King James Bible. The first time the word Jesus appears in the bible is in the 1634 printing of the Geneva bible.
So the word Jesus started as Yeoshua in Hebrew and has gone through many translations into what we have today. The question is when our savior tells his followers in the New Testament, “ask in my name and it will be given to you”, which name is the proper one the use?
Even though language has evolved through the centuries doesn’t our savior deserved to be called by his given name?
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