Notes by Autumn Light

On Hebrew, English, translation, editing, and more—by Jonathan Orr-Stav

What does the Hebrew phrase “yeshua ben yahweh” mean?

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It means “Jesus son of [the Lord’s Name]”—but only someone seeking to convert Jews to Christianity would think of uttering or writing such an expression, since Jews are forbidden from saying or writing the Lord’s name, and the idea of anyone literally being the son of God is a sacrilegious notion.


(Originally written in reply to a question at



Author: יונתן אור-סתיו | Jonathan Orr-Stav

Hebrew-English translator, editor, author. מתרגם עברית–אנגלית, עורך באנגלית, וסופר.

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