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The Hebrew Old Testament is indeed inspired. Obviously we read a Hebrew name for God. YHWH is the so-called 'sacred name' and is pronounced variously as Jehovah, Yahweh, Yahvah, etc. Etc. But the Messiah was not given a Hebrew name in the new testament with one exception. In the new testament we read that the Messiah would be called "Immanuel" -- or, God with us. His personal appelation was never that Hebrew name however, rather THE HOLY SPIRIT INSPIRED THE NEW TESTAMENT writers to call Him by the Greek name "Jesus." Now in Matthew 1 and in Luke 1 we read such words as "thou shalt call His name JESUS." That is a commandment. To substitute our own idea as to what an equivilant Hebrew name might have been is to DISHONOR God and disobey His explicit command to call the Messiah (Greek: Christ) by a Greek name. "JESUS" is not Hebrew -- but Greek. It is therefore wrong to ignore that sacred and inspired name for some Hebrew equivalent. Keith Slough, minister
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