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Scriptsיְשַׁעְיָהוּ Ancient Hebrew
PronouncedPron.ie-ZAY-ə American English
ie-ZIE-ə British English
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Meaning & History

From the Hebrew name יְשַׁעְיָהוּ (Yesha'yahu) meaning "YAHWEH is salvation", from the roots יָשַׁע (yasha') meaning "to save" and יָה (yah) referring to the Hebrew God. Isaiah is one of the four major prophets of the Old Testament, supposedly the author of the Book of Isaiah. He was from Jerusalem and probably lived in the 8th century BC, at a time when Assyria threatened the Kingdom of Judah. As an English Christian name, Isaiah was first used after the Protestant Reformation.
VariantsIsiah English Isaias Biblical
Other Languages & CulturesEsaias Biblical Greek Yesha'yahu Biblical Hebrew Esaias Biblical Latin Esa Finnish Ikaia Hawaiian Yeshayahu, Shai, Shay Hebrew Isaia Italian Isaija Macedonian Isaías Portuguese Isay Russian Isaija Serbian Isaías Spanish

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The prophet Isaiah writing of Christ's birth, by Harry AndersonThe prophet Isaiah writing of Christ's birth, by Harry Anderson

Categories

biblical, books of the Bible, major prophets of the Old Testament, Orthodox saints
Entry updated May 31, 2018   Contribute