Yahushua or Yahshua?

Whqy does your ministry use the form “Yahshua” for the Messiah? I have read from other websites that the correct pronunciation is “Yahushua.”

a    The name of the Messiah consists of the following five letters:  yod-hay-waw-shin-ayin. The difference of pronunciation between these names is whether the “waw” is vocalized.According to many linguists, the Hebrew letter “waw” is a weak or silent letter. For instance, according to one authority, “The sound of waw a long time ago wasn’t ‘vav’ at all but ‘w’ and ‘w’ is weak..” (How the Hebrew Language Grew, Edward Horowitz, pg. 29). This author goes on to show how many English words with the equivalent letter ‘w’ is silent and follows the same pattern as the Hebrew “waw.” Examples include, “answer, sword, law, two, write, etc.”In addition, according to one online reference, “The Hebrew alphabet…vowels are normally not indicated. Where they are, it is because a weak consonant such as aleph , hey , vav , or yod  has combined with a previous vowel and become silent, or by imitation of such cases in the spelling of other forms”.

Based on the evidence that the “waw” is often a silent or weak letter, we maintain that the correct pronunciation for the Messiah is Yahshua.

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Dennis Bitterman
Dennis Bitterman
3 years ago

Beings that you say the waw is silent or weak; then why do you pronunce it “YahshUa”. The Hebrew doesent show a waw AFTER the shin so why do you pronouonce it as a U “oo”, shUa” after the shin? (see Deut. 3:21, Judges 2:7) If the waw’s in these verses were weak “w’s” then wouldn’t the name be Yahwshwa or Yahwsha? Hebrew is, and always has been, a language of consonants. A few of those consonants, were sometimes also used to represent vowel sounds. They are four: Aleph א , Hei ה , Vav ו , and Yud י… Read more »

Simon Dhunna
Simon Dhunna
3 years ago

I read your Answer, to the Yahshua vs Yahushua, but don.t you Shouldn’t this be the same as in Yahweh, where the waw, is vocalised even if its slightly, in the same way that those at Eliyah.com Pronounce it, as a short weak WAW sound, and not a completely silent one, as you guys do. I only use Eliyah.com as a reference for the sound pronunciation, as its hard to get your point across, in writing, well it is for me. its seems to me that the waw should be a weak sound, that is vocalised, even if very short… Read more »

Benjamín Urrutia
3 years ago

Shalom (peace), According to my understading of the Word of Yahueh, I agree with the previous comments that the pronunciation of the Messiah’s Name is “ee-ah-oo-shu-ah”, that can be transliterated as “Yahushua” which I believe means “Yahu(eh) saves”. The 3rd letter in the Messiah’s Name is there for a reason and we should pronounce it, just like we pronounce it in the Name of The Almighty Father “Yahueh” and in the second “waw” in the Messiah’s Name, found in Deuteronomy 3:21 and Judges 2:7 as Dennis Bitterman indicates, this means that the full letters of the Name of the Messiah… Read more »

Alden Vidal
Alden Vidal
1 year ago

The key to understanding the silent ‘waw’ in the Savior’s name is knowing how it should be syllabicated. We knew from Hebrew that ‘waw’ is a consonant (w) in the beginning of a syllable but a vowel ‘o or u’ when in the middle or end of a syllable. YOD HEY WAW SHIN AYIN when pronounced should be spelled Yau-shua’ taking into consideration that in the first syllable, “w” is a weak letter and is silent (slurred) in many Hebrew words (How the Hebrew Language Grew, Edward Horowitz, pg. 29). After the Babylonian exile, the name began taking the contracted… Read more »

James
James
11 months ago

Can you guys also shed light on the “Yahusha” and “Yahuah” thing? Where are people getting that?

Acts 2:38
Acts 2:38
4 months ago

All I know is that I received the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues two years ago. Ever since that day, when i pray in tongues I say the name Yahshua.