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Meaning and etymology of the name Isaiah

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Isaiah is the name of a major prophet who worked predominantly in Jerusalem during the reigns of kings Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah approximately 740 to 680 B.C. (Isaiah 1:1).

The name Isaiah consists of two parts: The first part is yah, the abbreviated form of YHWH;YHWH. The second part consists of the verb yasha (yasha), meaning to be saved, delivered. Some derivations of this verb are: yasha (yesha) and yeshua (yeshua) both meaning salvation. Derivation shoa (shoa) indicates a 'free man,' an independent person.

Hence the name Isaiah means YHWH Is Salvation. NOBS Study Bible Name List reads Yahweh Is Salvation, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has Salvation Of The Lord.

A remarkable feature of the name Isaiah is that it consists of the same two elements as the name Joshua (Joshua). The name Joshua is the Hebrew form of the Greek name Jesus, and most probably the name by which Jesus was known by His contemporaries. Jesus was fascinated by the Book of Isaiah, possibly because this Book appears to be entirely about Him, but perhaps also because the name Isaiah is almost identical to the name Joshua with the two segments reversed.

Other names that feature the verb yasha are Abishua, Bathshua, Elisha, Hosea, Hoshaiah, Ishi, Jeshaiah, Jeshua, Mesha and Shoa / Shua(h). And also related is the word Hosanna.



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