The Given Name of our Messiah

The Controversy Over "Yeshua" vs. "Yahshua"

By Tim Hegg

Recently a lengthy email was forwarded to me in which the author of the email was giving numerous reasons why the name “Yeshua” ( ַע וּ שֵׁי) was a deliberately “shortened” form of the original “Yahshua” (supposedly ַע ֻשׁ ו הָי) by those who wanted to remove any reference to Yah (הָי) in the name of Yeshua. Note one of the opening statements in the email:

We see above that the full “sentence name” is עשוהי notice the name contains the name of YAH והי followed by the Hebrew עש word SHUA “salvation” i.e. YAHSHUA. The “shortened” form Yeshua עושי “no longer expresses Yahuah’s name clearly, it is passive voice putting the emphasis on “shua” and means “he saves”.

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Tim Hegg

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Tim graduated from Cedarville University in 1973 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Bible, with a minor in Philosophy. He entered Northwest Baptist Seminary (Tacoma, WA) in 1973, completing his M.Div. (summa cum laude) in 1976. He completed his Th.M. (summa cum laude) in 1978, also from NWBS. His Master’s Thesis was titled: “The Abrahamic Covenant and the Covenant of Grant in the Ancient Near East”. Tim taught Biblical Hebrew and Hebrew Exegesis for three years as an adjunct faculty member at Corban University School of Ministry when the school was located in Tacoma. Corban University School of Ministry is now in Salem, OR. Tim is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature, and has contributed papers at the annual meetings of both societies. Since 1990, Tim has served as one of the Overseers at Beit Hallel in Tacoma, WA. He and his wife, Paulette, have four children, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.