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How many Jesuses are there in the Bible?
"Although  Matthew  1:21  interprets  the  name  (originally
Joshua, that is Yahweh is salvation) and finds it especially
appropriate for Jesus of Nazareth, it was a  common  one  at
the  time.  Josephus,  the  Jewish  historian,  refers to 19
different persons by that  name."  (Encyclopedia  Americana,
Jesus, 1959)
Most would answer this question easily by stating that there
is only one Jesus in the Bible. But, the fact  is  that  the
Bible is full of characters bearing the same name.
Jesus  is  not  the original name of the prophet who brought
the New Testament. It is a transliteration  of  Joshua.  The
same  name can be found as Hosea, Hoshea, Jehoshuah, Jeshua,
Jeshuah,  Osea   and   Oshea   (See:   Strong's   Exhaustive
Concordance   of  the  Bible).  These  names  are  mentioned
hundreds of  times  in  the  Old  Testament.  They  are  all
different  spellings of the same word which means "Yahweh is
But, Matthew 1:21 tries to  create  a  human-god  out  of  a
transliteration inconsistency:
"She  will  give birth to a son, and you are to give him the
name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins."
Besides, there is more than one  Christ  (Anointed)  in  the
Bible.  Isa  45:1;  1Sa  24:6,10;  26:9-23;  Nu  3:3 are few
Related Questions:
1.  According to the Bible, Jesus is a common name.
    Then, why do you try to make it unique by spelling
    it differently?
2.  "Christ (Anointed)" is used for many. Do you still
    claim that "Christ" is unique?

Moslem Questions on Christianity Edip Yuksel P.O. Box 43476, Tucson, AZ 85733-3476 U.S.A. Tel/Fax: (520) 323-7636

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