Blessed is he who comes in the name of Yahweh

Margaret Barker was the first person to turn me on to an important fact: Jesus is Yahweh.

In the Old Testament, following the Jewish tradition that the Name of the Lord – Yahweh – was too holy to pronounce, the translators of the KJV wrote LORD whenever Yahweh appeared, a tradition that continued until the Jerusalem Bible.

Unfortunately the translators of the Jerusalem Bible did not apply the same argument to the New Testament, perhaps because the majority of the manuscripts that have come down to us are in Greek rather than in Hebrew. This is a pity, because it obscures this important truth. When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the crowds shouted:

Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
– Mat 21:9 (KJV)

Now the Jewish crowds would have been speaking Aramaic, not Greek. The words, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord are a direct quotation from Psalm 118:26. What the crowds actually proclaimed was:

Baruch haba b’shem Yawheh
Blessed is he who comes in the name of Yahweh

This may also explain the strange double confession of Thomas in John 20: My Lord and My God.

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~ by scalambra on March 17, 2011.

One Response to “Blessed is he who comes in the name of Yahweh”

  1. ‘Double confusion of Thomas’, just has to be a pun on his name!

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