Thursday, August 5, 2010
JESUS IS NOT ZEUS
THE ENGLISH NAME "JESUS" IS NOT DERIVED FROM THE NAME OF THE PAGAN GOD "ZEUS".
It has been stated that the English name Jesus is derived from the name of the Greek god Zeus. There is no evidence to support that theory. Even so, that theory, without any solid evidence in its support, is being presented as fact. This is outright deception. It is confusing; and God is not the author of confusion.
Scriptures tell us that we are to "prove all things." In an effort to do so, I visited the epigraphical museum in Athens Greece, as well as many sites associated with Zeus and his supposed son Dionysius to study inscriptions in order to determine if there could be any possible connection between the name Jesus and the name Zeus.
There is no connection!
..Richard Rives, author of the book Too Long in the Sun
Photo: Standing in front of the Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens Greece
The Greek name Zeus is spelled entirely different from the Greek transliteration of the Hebrew name Yeshua. The Greek spelling of the name Zeus would be the equivalent of the English spelling DIOS. The name we pronounce Zeus starts with a D.
The English name Zeus, written in Greek - DIOS From an inscription in Athens Greece.
The English name Jesus written in Greek - IESOUS
It has also been stated that the English name Jesus is associated with the name of Dionysius, the son of Zeus.
That is not true.
As seen in the inscription above, the name Dionysius also begins with the Greek letters for the name Zeus (DIO) and is in no way similar to the Greek spelling of the English name Jesus.
The supposition that the English name Jesus is derived from the name of the pagan god Zeus is now being taught as fact. It is being preached from pulpits and appears in popular books. The result is that unsuspecting people are being persuaded that the basis of the New Testament, that is Greek manuscripts, cannot be trusted. They are encouraged to believe that the Greek writers had an agenda to intentionally corrupt our New Testaments.
In an effort to determine the truth I personally made a trip to Greece to study inscriptions and to talk with experts concerning the name Zeus. The conclusion of my investigation is that there is no association with the name Zeus and that of Jesus.
Those who attempt to pronounce the name of Messiah in a proper manner are to be commended. Those who present unsupported theories as fact must stop. It is confusing and God is not the author of confusion.
JOSHUA: was the word chosen by the King James translators to represent the Hebrew spelling of the Biblical Joshua before Ezra and Nehemiah. This word is pronounced YAH HO SHUA or YEH HO SHUA by those living in Israel today. It seems that the HO pronunciation is due to the addition of the vowels of Adonay to the word YHWH, in order to remind the reader to pronounce Adonay instead of YHWH, and that the most pure pre- Babylonian Hebrew pronunciation would be YA-hu-SHOOa. The word is a combination of YAH and Oshea. The word means YAH is Salvation.
"I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive." ......John 5:43
We read in in the King James version of Numbers 13:8-16 : Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan,... of the tribe of Ephraim, Oshea the son of Nun. ......And Moses called Oshea the son of Nun Jehoshua.
After the Babylonian captivity the Hebrew spelling changed. Linguists indicate that this is the "short form" of the name of Joshua that appears in earlier scripture. This word is pronounced YES SHUA by those living in Israel today.
IESOUS: was the word chosen by the writers of the Greek New Testament to represent both the Hebrew Old Testament Joshua and the English New Testament Jesus.
This word was derived by way of transliteration (the representation of the sounds of the Hebrew word Yeh Shua with the Greek letters having the closest corresponding sound.)
JESUS: was the word chosen by the King James translators to represent the Hebrew spelling of the Biblical Joshua Yeh Shua after Ezra and Nehemiah. This word was also derived by way of transliteration ( the representation of the sounds of the Greek word IESOUS with the English letters having the closest corresponding sound.)
The English Name Jesus is an excellent transliteration of the Hebrew name Yeshua which means YAH is SALVATION.
"For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints." (1 Corinthians 14:33)
Editor's Note: This concludes my series on the defense of the name of Jesus. The reader of this 3-part series is encouraged to conduct further research and even submit further questions to me via the Comment section at the bottom of this post. Shalom in Jesus, the Christ of Israel.