Hebrew Nuggets, Lesson 4: Jesus’ Hebrew Name (Part 4)

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Jesus’ Hebrew name is composed of three syllables: ye·SHU·a‘. In this lesson we will learn the two sounds of the final syllable of Jesus' name. The fifth sound in Jesus’ Hebrew name יֵשׁוּע is “a” as in the word "father." Like the tseRE and the shuRUK, this sound is a vowel. The symbol used to represent this sound is called paTAḤ. It is indicated by a horizontal line below the letter with which it is sounded. Here it appears below the last letter of ישועַ (yeSHUa‘).

Revised: 23-Aug-2015

Jesus’ Hebrew name is composed of three syllables: ye·SHU·a‘. In previous lessons of “Hebrew Nuggets” we discussed the vowel and consonant sounds of the first two syllables, the “y” sound of the yod, the tse·RE or “e” sound, the shin which is pronounced “sh,” and the shu·RUK which sounds like a “u.” In this lesson we will learn the two sounds of the final syllable of Jesus’ name.

Hebrew NuggetsThe fifth sound in Jesus’ Hebrew name יֵשׁוּע is “a” as in the word “father.” Like the tse·RE and the shu·RUK, this sound is a vowel. The symbol used to represent this sound is called pa·TAḤ. It is indicated by a horizontal line below the letter with which it is sounded. Here it appears below the last letter of ישועַ (ye·SHU·a‘).

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In Lesson Five we will continue our study of the Hebrew language by introducing a word that exhibits additional letters of the Hebrew alphabet, the word אבא (Abba). To read the next lesson, click here.

For the transliteration system used in this series, click here.


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