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Talmidei Yeshua Fellowship
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Names of Elohim

As believers return to the original languages of the Scriptures and most specifically Hebrew, new challenges and divisions are emerging. Foremost among these are the Names used to refer to Elohim. On the one hand, some believers use Hebrew names to “sound Jewish” while on the distant other hand other believers believe the Hebrew names to possess almost mystical powers. We at the Talmidei Yeshua Fellowship treat this as an important matter but turn to Scriptures for an equitable view on these controversies. We believe that it is not evil to use the English version of Hebrew names. We also believe that the Name Yeshua, Yahushua, Yehoshua, Y'h'shua and it's forms could all possibly be the correct Hebrew Name of our Messiah. Also, Yahweh, Yehovah, Yahuwah, Yahuah and other pronunciations could all possibly be the correct pronunciation of our Father the Most HIGH. 
It is however impossible to have a final answer on the pronunciations with our current knowledge. It is exceedingly important that we must not allow our attempted pronunciations of these Names to be a cause for division. 

 Firstly, it is not wrong to use English Names for Elohim. Some have condemned the names “God”, “Lord”, and “Jesus”, attributing these names to pagan deities and censuring their usage. It is interesting to note, however, that the talmidim themselves used the word θεος (transliterated: theos) in the B’rit Chadasha 1,343 times. θεος was a word used to refer to any member of the Greek pantheon (gods). But this word held the highest degree of relevance to the Greek-speaking Diaspora. As such θεος was the Name of choice. Likewise with the names “God” and “Lord” (which have been attributed to European mythological gods) – their relevance to English-speakers makes them permissible choices. Even the name Jesus (which is thrice transliterated: from Hebrew to Greek, Greek to Latin, and Latin to English) is permissible. Some have tried to connect the pagan “Zeus” with the Greek word Ιησους (transliterated: Iesous) in demonstration of the corruption of the Church. The translating rabbis of the Septuagint, however, used this transliteration for the Hebrew names “Yeshua” and “Y’hoshua”. This predates the birth of the Messiah Himself suggesting strongly that this is not the product of the Hellenization of the early 'Church'. We therefore believe it is not evil to use the names “God”, “Lord”, and “Jesus”. We tend to lean towards the use of the Hebrew names as we try to be as close to the origins as possible, however; we will not and should not condemn other Believers for their use of the English/Greek names.

 To conclude, we at the Talmidei Yeshua Fellowship do not want to become too engrossed in these matters. Whether someone calls the Messiah Yeshua or Y’hoshua, Yahushua, etc and the Father Elohim, Yahweh, Yahuah, Yah (which David frequently uses), God, or etc should not be a cause for dissension. Focusing and quarreling about minor issues is not Scriptural. Instead let us heed the response our Father in heaven gives us:

 “Trustworthy is the Word, and in this regard I wish you to strongly affirm, that those who have believed in God should keep their minds on maintaining good works. This is good and profitable to men. But keep away from foolish questions and genealogies, and strife and quarrels about the Torah, for they are unprofitable and useless.”

 Shaul - Titus 3:8-9

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