Wednesday, January 03, 2007

What's in God's Name

Jesus and Mary
The following article is from the National Catholic Register:

It’s safe to say that God didn’t just pick his Son’s name out
of a hat.

When the Magi arrived to worship the newborn King on that
first Epiphany, surely one of the first things they asked about was the baby’s name.

And the husband and wife at the baby’s side were ready with their

Nine months prior, an angel had appeared to Joseph in a dream.
“Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home,” the angel said. “For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:20-21).

In first-century Judaism, the Hebrew name Joshua (Greek Iesous) means “Yahweh saves.”

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