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Yahshua is a transliteration of the original Hebrew or Aramaic name of Jesus commonly used by individuals in the Sacred Name Movement. The English spelling Yahshua originates at least as early as 1950 with Angelo Traina's The New Testament of our Messiah and Saviour Yahshua. The form Yahshua is used in some Sacred Name Bibles, including the Sacred Scriptures Bethel Edition, Restoration Original Sacred Name Bible, Word of Yahweh and the Sacred Name King James Bible.

Etymology and claimed Hebrew origins[edit]

Three spellings of "Joshua" found in the Masoretic text of the Hebrew Bible: (i) Yehoshua, (ii) Yehoshua, (iii) Yeshua

The spelling Yahshua (יהשע) or (יהשוע) is not found in Hebrew texts. The Hebrew Bible uses Yehoshua (יְהוֹשֻׁעַ), and later Aramaic form Yeshua (יֵשׁוּעַ), for Joshua, which means "Yah is Salvation." Christians, historians, and linguists outside the sacred name movement for the most part reject the term Yahshua (יהשע) in favor of Yeshua (ישוע) as the original pronunciation. Tal Ilan's Lexicon of Jewish Names in Late Antiquity (2002), notes Yehoshua (יהושע), and the later Aramaic form Yeshua among many names containing Yah derived from YHWH.[1]

An additional variant Yahshuah (Hebrew: יהשוה) is found in Christian Kabbalah or occult speculations.[citation needed] Like Yahshua this variant is not found in the Hebrew Bible. Another variant Yeshu occurs in polemical rabbinical texts, connected with Jesus in the Talmud and is the modern Israeli secular spelling of Jesus. The spelling is not applied to other Yeshuas and Yehoshuas.[2]

Sacred Name movement usage[edit]

The transcription of Hebrew-alphabet Yehoshua (יהושע) as Latin-alphabet "Yahshua" is first documented during the early days of the Sacred Name movement in the 1930s, perhaps developed by leaders such as Angelo B. Traina and C.O. Dodd.[3]

Those who follow Sacred Name teachings (such as the Assemblies of Yahweh) believe that it is an aid to salvation to use the correct pronunciation.[4]

"Yahshua" supporters, such as those of the Sacred Name movement, teach that since the Messiah will "come in his Father's Name",{John 5:43} then he must have the name of Yahweh, or at least the abbreviated form (Yah) in his spoken name. Another popular contraction is Yah'shua with the apostrophe ( ’ ) serving as a division to emphasise[citation needed] the "Yah" aspect of the name and the Hebrew shua (salvation), found in the Natural Israelite Bible, English Version.

Critics say that in their labor to get the pronunciation "Yahshua" out of יהושע, they are ignoring Hebrew linguistics that do not allow the waw to be silent, so "Yahshua" is a questioned transliteration. Furthermore, it is argued by some[who?] that this pronunciation is not attested in antiquity, unlike the pronunciation "Yehoshua".

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  1. ^ Tal Ilan (2002). Lexicon of Jewish Names in Late Antiquity Part I: Palestine 330 BCE-200 CE (Texte und Studien zum Antiken Judentum 91). Tübingen, Germany: J.C.B. Mohr. p. 129. 
  2. ^ Peter Schäfer Jesus in the Talmud (9780691129266)
  3. ^ Michael L. Brown 60 Questions Christians Ask About Jewish Beliefs and Practices 2011 "According to the late A. B. Traina in his Holy Name Bible, “The name of the Son, Yahshua, has been substituted by Jesus, Iesus, and Ea-Zeus (Healing Zeus).”[164] In this one short sentence, two complete myths are stated as fact: First, ."
  4. ^ J. Gordon Melton Encyclopedia of American religions 2003 "The association has as its goal the ascertaining of a clearer translation of the Scriptures, especially in restoring to them the name of the Creator, Yahweh, and of His Son, Yahshua, the Messiah. It was Traina's.. "

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