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To Raqib Ahmed Asif : Yeshua = Joshua = Jesus - never isa

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Submitted by Oliver (United States), Jul 3, 2007 at 22:57

The world was a complicated place, language wise, at the time of 'Jesus'. Within the Roman court system Latin would most likely be spoken, while conducting business and in general conversation Greek would have been most common, in what is now considered the 'Holy Lands' Aramaic would commonly be spoken as an everyday language, finally the Jews would use Hebrew, certainly for religious matters. So, what language did Jesus speak?? Certainly Hebrew - but also Aramaic and probably Greek as well.

Now Jesus is the English transliteration of the Greek name Iesous which is the Greek version of the Hebrew name and Joshua is the English transliteration of the Hebrew name Yehoshua. Now Yehoshua means "the LORD is salvation" and there is a whole lot of talk in the 'OT' and the 'NT' about salvation but I cannot find reference one to 'salvation' in my English translation of the quran, 'The Nobel Quran', I have it in .pdf format so it's real easy to do a word search - why not, do you think?? Also, I can not find the name Isa in the Holy Bible, either - why not, do you think?? Is salvation even possible in islam - is salvation important to muslems - is there an Arabic word that conveys the meaning of salvation - what do you think??

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