Jesus' name, a first?


#1

Just a quick question: When it was proclaimed that Mary’s son should be names Jesus/Emanuel, was this name already in general use or did God come up with Jesus and the name was used then for the first time?

Thanks for any opinion.


#2

“Jesus” is the Greek form of the Hebrew name Joshua, as you can see here (link) in the Septuagint. In Joshua 1:10, the name appears in Greek as Ἰησοῦς, exactly as Jesus’ name is spelled in the Greek New Testament.

http://newadvent.com/bible/jos001.htm

Emanuel (strictly “Imanuel”) is a Hebrew name meaning “God with us.”

Im = with, anu = us, El = one of the names of God, as it also appears in Hebrew given names such as Samuel, Daniel, and Ezekiel.


#3

Jesus, or at least its equivalent, was in use already. It’s basically an Anglicized form of the Latinized Greek name that’s equivalent to the Hebrew name Yeshua (or Yehoshua - I’m not sure of the linguistic difference), whose Anglicanized form is Joshua.


#4

It was a fairly common name at the time.


#5

Thank you all. Your answers are much appreciated.
Have a blessed day.


#6

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