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  • Mark on Hebrews 1
    Why was Emmanuel's' name changed to "Jesus"? When Joseph was told by an angel that his virgin wife would give birth to a child, and that child would be called "Emmanuel", meaning "God with us". It is my understanding that the name "Jesus" is just another form of the name 'Zeus' --a Greek pagan God. Thanks
  • Chris - in Reply on Hebrews 1
    Hi Mark. My understanding of Matthew 1:18-23, is that the angel, in a dream, told Joseph that he should take Mary to be his wife and the child that will be born from her is to be named "Jesus". So, the angel didn't give the name 'Emmanuel' to Joseph.

    Then Matthew confirms that this would happen because of the prophecy that went before Jesus (i.e. in Isaiah 7:14), that His Name will be called, Immanuel. So, it seems that Matthew is giving further proof from prophecy that what the Holy Spirit was about to do was entirely from God and not man - i.e. Jesus would be Immanuel, God with us. So, Jesus is His Name, but Immanuel explains His Origin and Coming to the World.
  • Ronald Whittemore - in Reply on Hebrews 1
    Hey Mark.

    Matthew 1:23 is a quote from Isaiah 7:14 a prophecy of the coming of the Messiah. In Matthew 1:25 we see Joseph named Him JESUS. The Hebrew name is Yehoshua the shorter Yeshua, a Greek form of Joshua a derivative of the word Hoshea meaning Yahweh saves.

    His name became Iesous in Greek because of the Greek alphabet and from there to Latin, so the modern name Jesus comes from the Latin word Iesus which does not mean hail Zeus. If we call and pray in the name of the English word Jesus, I think God understands what we are saying. I am sure in all the other languages in the world there are many names for our savior.

    Some things have entered into traditions and interpretations, but this is not one of them.

    Hope this helps.

    God bless,

  • Adam - in Reply
    Hello Mark, Jesus's name wasn't changed. He has lots of alternate names. Prince of Peace, Mighty God, Word, Good Shepherd, etc.

    The idea that name Jesus came from a pagan source is untrue. People tend to attribute almost everything to pagan sources as if they own things and have entitlement. No, they don't. For example Dec 25 some people claim its pagan instead of Christian, but there's more evidence of it first being a Christian day before people claimed pagans did it. People also are allowing homosexuality to adopt the rainbow as their mascot, but that too is not theirs. It's God's promise. Pride in sin is evil. I don't blindly accept everything people claim as pagan, because it seems to be a bullying tactic to try to gain "ground" for some people's objectives.
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