Why is Yeshua Called “Jesus” in English?

Why Jesus?

Matthew’s gospel tells us that an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said:

“Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
~Matthew 1:21

We often forget that people of that day and locale did not speak English!  (Surprise, surprise!)  Instead, in Hebrew, the Son’s name would be Yeshua.

So, how did we get from “Yeshua” to “Jesus,” and should we as Christians conform to the Jewish name?  I’ll leave that to your own discretion, but One for Israel has produced an excellent article explaining how the name “Jesus” came to be.  I highly recommend it!

Jesus vs Yeshua?

AIPAC’s Near East Report – May 2018

If you are unfamiliar with AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), I want to give you a very brief overview.  AIPAC is the world’s largest public policy and lobbying group on behalf of Israel’s interests.  I don’t know how many total members belong to AIPAC, but I can tell you that well over 15,000 attend their annual conference in Washington DC.  Israel supporters from every US state gather to discuss policy, listen to world-renown experts on various topics related to Israel, and lobby Congress on the most important issues regarding Israel.  For example, AIPAC took a strong stand against the Iranian nuclear deal and a strong stand for moving the embassy to Jerusalem.

AIPAC is not a Christian organization.  In fact, it is very diverse and bipartisan.  Both Democrats and Republicans, male and female, liberal and conservative work together on policies most advantageous to the security and well being of Israel.  There are various caucuses (such as a strong Christian caucus) who meet together to discuss their own perspectives of the issues.

With that as the backdrop, I can tell you that AIPAC is very informative when it comes to reporting on what takes place in the Middle East, and they typically have views and policies that resonate well with Israel supporters of all sorts.  (Not always, but for the most part!)

They recently published their latest Near East Report and I recommend it for those of you who like to be “in the know” about what’s going on in the Middle East.  Enjoy!

Understanding Israel at 70

The excitement surrounding Israel’s 70th anniversary continues in evangelical circles.  Recently, I read a very interesting piece written by former ICEJ Executive Director, Malcolm Hedding.  With great insight and understanding of the history and present-day significance of Israel, he penned Understanding Israel at 70.  I highly recommend it!