WHY WE — USE THE HEBREW NAME OF GOD
1. Jesus was a Hebrew, or what people call a Jew. He was born of the tribe of Judah, from which came the term “Jew.” Jesus was given a Hebrew name at His birth.
2. The Bible was originally written in the Hebrew-Aramaic language. In the Hebrew alphabet, there is no “J.” The Hebrew alphabet consists of twenty-two (22) consonants. The letter “J’ did not exist in any alphabet, until the 14th century; it is the youngest of the twenty-six (26) letters in the English alphabet. It is a descendant of the letter “I.” Therefore, the letters “I” and “J” are related etymologically.
3. “Yah” is the short form of the divine name of God (Psalm 68:4; Isaiah 12:2 NKJ).
4. “Yahweh” is the Hebrew name of God, in which He revealed Himself as Savior, Deliverer, Eternal, and Self-Existing One.
5. “Jesus” is the Latin name formed and derived from the Greek word “Iesous,” the English form is “Joshua.” “Yahshua”, Yashua, Yehshua, Yeshua, or Y’shua is the Hebrew transliteration. “Yah” is the short form of “Yahweh,” and “shua” means salvation or Savior. He said He came in His Father’s name (John 5:43). This is clearly revealed in the Hebrew Bible or language.
6. We are to reach Jews (Hebrews) and Gentiles [all other people] (Romans 1:16).
All scriptures are quoted from the New King James Version, unless otherwise indicated.