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Scriptsיְהוֹשֻׁעַ Ancient Hebrew
PronouncedPron.JAW-shoo-ə English

Meaning & History

From the Hebrew name יְהוֹשֻׁעַ (Yehoshu'a) meaning "YAHWEH is salvation", from the roots יְהוֹ (yeho) referring to the Hebrew God and יָשַׁע (yasha') meaning "to save". As told in the Old Testament, Joshua was a companion of Moses. He went up Mount Sinai with Moses when he received the Ten Commandments from God, and later he was one of the twelve spies sent into Canaan. After Moses died Joshua succeeded him as leader of the Israelites and he led the conquest of Canaan. His original name was Hoshea.

The name Jesus comes from a Greek translation of the Aramaic short form יֵשׁוּעַ (Yeshu'a), which was the real name of Jesus. As an English name, Joshua has been in use since the Protestant Reformation.
DiminutiveJosh English
Other Languages & CulturesYeshua Ancient Aramaic Essa, Isa, Issa, Yushua Arabic Josu Basque Iesous Biblical Greek Yehoshua, Yeshua Biblical Hebrew Iesus, Iosue Biblical Latin Jozua Dutch Josué French Xesús Galician Iokua Hawaiian Yehoshua Hebrew Józsua Hungarian Giosuè Italian Josué Portuguese Jesús, Josué Spanish Jesus Theology İsa Turkish
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Joshua and the Israeli People, by Karolingischer Buchmaler (840)Joshua and the Israeli People, by Karolingischer Buchmaler (840)


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Entry updated May 31, 2018   Contribute