Why Do We Say Jesus Christ Instead Of Yeshua?
Welcome to Bible Question and Answer, our bi-weekly series where we provide Bible verses, answers and advice to the questions and concerns you have. During the course of the last two weeks readers have submitted their questions and today we are going to answer one of them.
Name: Tyron S.
Question: Why do we use Jesus Christ instead of his real name Of Yeshua. Also, who are the Hebrew ( Eber ) people of today. Who are they that call themselves Jews are.
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Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Tyron.
We say “Jesus Christ” as that is the English translation of Christ’s name. It all depends on what language you are speaking in.
Let us take Matthew 1:1 as an example where we have the name of Jesus Christ. Now look up “Jesus” as used in that verse in your Strong’s Concordance and this is what we find,
Strong’s Word: G2424
Of Hebrew origin [H3091]; Jesus (that is, Jehoshua), the name of our Lord and two (three) other Israelites: – Jesus.
In bold underline is how you would say the name “Jesus” in the Greek language. As we can see the word “Jesus” is of Hebrew origin, so let us see what Strong’s word H3091 says,
Strong’s Word: H3091
From H3068 and H3467; Jehovah-saved; Jehoshua (that is, Joshua), the Jewish leader: – Jehoshua, Jehoshuah, Joshua. Compare H1954, H3442.
In bold underline is how you pronounce the name of Jesus in the Hebrew language as you already know.
So it all depends on what language you are speaking in.
Some will say there are no “J“s in the Hebrew language, well, there are no “J“s in the Greek language either, but people never have a problem saying, “John“. Some people hear things, it is new to them and it makes sense so they jump on it without really thinking it through. If we are not careful we can turn it into a completely new religion, I shared about that in the past concerning the “red banner neighbors“.
Then do we say, “Yeshua” or “Yehoshua“? If we look at the Strong’s definition, I believe that becomes clear.
I know there are a lot of people who feel you should only say “Yehoshua” when speaking of Christ or “Yehovah” (YHVH) with respect to the Father. I feel that is a mistake for the reason I already outlined.
It is one thing to educate someone on the pronunciation of Christ or our Father’s name in the natural language, it is quite another to tell someone they should only use that pronunciation or they are sinning against God. Yes, people actually believe that.
Remember, you always want to go to the level of the person you are trying to reach when you talk about the Bible. When we start throwing “Yehoshua‘s” and “Yehovah’s” at them, they just might think you are crazy and close their ears.
Christ told us we are to be fishers of men. You do not fish by throwing the tackle box at the fish, you fish by slowly putting out the bait and reeling in the fish when he takes that bait. It does not matter how much knowledge in the Word you or I have if we do not know how to transfer that knowledge to the individual.
As for your other question, you can read more about that subject in our Bible study, “The Synagogue of Satan: Those Who Claim To Be Judah But Do Lie“.
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