(by Christopher Fredrickson, host of Brutal Planet)
Ok this is for those who have encountered the sacred name people who claim that the Bible doesn’t say “Yehoshua” in terms of Joshua son of Nun but they claim it says Yahusha instead. I am gonna show you that they don’t know a lick of Hebrew and shouldn’t be listened to in anything relating to the Hebrew language.
Below is a picture of me pointing to the Hebrew text and where it says “Ben Nun Yehoshua” I am gonna focus on the last word “Yehoshua”.
First of all the sacred name people, whenever they see a י and a ה together they think there is automatically an A sound after the י but we see right here in the picture it is written יְה the two dots below the י are called a sheva and they cause an e sound to come after the letter they appear under. So the first error we see from the sacred name movement is we have a Yeh sound and not a Yah sound.
Let’s continue. The next letter is a ו and it has a dot above it as such וֹ that dot is called a cholom and it causes the ו to make an o sound. Not a u sound. The ו makes a u sound if it has a dot beside of it like this וּ no dot, it will make a v sound.
So far two huge errors from the sacred name movement. Next we have the letter ש now the ש makes two sounds, of can make an S sound of the dot at the top is on the left like this שֹ and it will make an Sh sound if the dot is on the right like this שׁ. So they get that right. But they fail to notice the Kibbutz at the bottom which is the three dots at the bottom like this שֻֽ so when we combine those we get a shu sound.
Then of course we have the ע with a petach underneath, which makes an A sound (עַי).
Put them all together and for יְהוֹשֻֽׁעַ you get not “Yahusha” you get instead Yehoshua. Very simple.
Next: The Name of the Messiah
Now to make matters worse they try to say the say that the name of the Messiah is the same as Joshua. Because one KJV study Bible claims Yeshua means “Joshua” not necessarily. Every document ancient and modern carries this form of the the Hebrew name of the Messiah, as well as the early Greek found in the second picture. So these sacred bakers try and claim that the Messiah’s name is Yahusha. Well there is not a single document ancient or modern that claims that. But what we see is a יֵשׁוּעַ which is pronounced “Yeshua” not the gobbly gook that isn’t even Hebrew these sacred namers use.
Let analyze this one as well. with the first letter yod יֵ we have a tzere which makes an e sound. then we have the shin with the dot on the right hand side making an sh sound, with a nicked underneath showing that we have a vav coming up with the שׁ. Then we have a vav with the dot beside the vav instead of on top of us like in Yehoshua (וּ) we we get the u sound. Finally we have the same ayin we had in Yehoshua which gives us an A sound. Put them together and we have Yeshua, not Yahusha.
This graph as well may help you in seeing the progression of the name of the Messiah through various languages.
Why Does It Matter?
Some make excuses saying, "why does it matter?"
Did you know it is forbidden for someone who doesn’t know Hebrew to write Hebrew? Because of this I say whoa to the those who don’t know it but try and teach it. Where is this found?
“It is written ‘Hear O Israel, the L-rd our G-d, is אחד’ (Deuteronomy 6:4). If you make the letter ד into the letter ר (turning the L-rd is אחד (one) into, the L-rd is אחר (another)) you cause destruction to the entire Universe.”
(Leviticus Rabbah 19:2)
The ד and the ר are almost identical letters. And the mistake is easy to make for a person who doesn’t know Hebrew well. By making the ד into a ר like I have seen so many do who don’t know Hebrew, they are saying “Hear O Israel, the L-rd your G-d the L-rd, is Another” this is blasphemous. Now I see often from self proclaimed teachers who don’t have a moreh license to teach the language, they make several claims such as Hebrew being a picto-language because they mix it up Egyptian markings claiming it is “paleo-Hebrew” and they mistransliterate words all the time because they don’t know several letters make various sounds and they don’t take the time to learn nikud so they come up with their own vowels even. This is dangerous.
I saw a picture of someone who was so excited about their bumper stickers that habe יתות I have seen other that had יחוח or יהןה. Now not only would I not put the 4 letter name on my car that could get hit or rained on or snowed on or get dirt on it. That is treating it as common and unholy and just another word. But they cannot even get the most common letters right. This should be something that causes outrage if you ask me. And Leviticus Rabbah gives us a stern warning. Examples are below:
How Can I Guard Myself From Making These Mistakes?
Well, lucky for many of you, I have a Moreh certification to teach Hebrew and I am working on my Aramaic Moreh license for Aramaic. Below are links that will direct you to the FREE Hebrew course I teach (currently there are 12 lessons in Hebrew) and the Aramaic lessons I am giving (currently there are only 2 of those lessons). I would encourage you to start with Hebrew before you start with Aramaic. Because the Aramaic builds on the Hebrew and the Aramaic is more fast paced. Links to these video lessons are below:
Theological Insights from Rabbi Eved Banah the North American Rebbe of Ani Judaism