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The Names of Jesus

Rubel Shelly
The Names of Jesus
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The Names of Jesus

Rubel Shelly

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What's in a name?...In the case of Jesus Christ, rich insights, fresh perspectives, and pathways to intimacy. From "Good Shepherd" to "Lamb of God," Rubel Shelly explores the various names given to Christ in the Bible and reveals a Christ that will both surprise and challenge you. Shelly, a deeply respected scholar, uses his unique insight and fervent love for the Scriptures to develop a clear and unobstructed picture of Jesus through the biblical names that describe the One who invites the whole world to come to Him. What Shelly discovers and divulges is that these names and titles reveal the ultimate Savior, and the ultimate answer to your greatest struggles, fears, and failures. ^

- Publisher Chapter One Jesus Matthew 1:21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. How did you come to have your name? Were you named for a family member? A dear friend of your parents? Some celebrity? If you have children, how did you choose their names? The choice of a child’s name is quite important to most parents. Some names just won’t do. Judas Jones, Jezebel Smith, Adolf Hitler Williams—surely nobody in his right mind would attach those names to a child! It would be a cruel and irresponsible thing to do. On the other hand, people have been known to do some pretty weird things in selecting the names of their children. For example, this short piece inUSA Today, 8 September 1994, caught my eye when it first appeared and hasn’t left my mind since: “George and Tina Rollason say God had nothing to do with the birth of their daughter on July 20, so they gave her a fitting moniker: Atheist Evolution Rollason. The York, Pa., couple say her name is their answer to other parents’ use of biblical names. ‘There’s so many people named Christian, or Christine,’ George says. ‘This is just one person named Atheist. What the heck’s the difference?’ The Rollasons have clashed with the school district over angel decorations in the classroom and Bibles in the library.” In some situations, there really is “nothing in a name.” But at other times, people like the Rollasons intend a name to be a statement of conviction or perhaps a commitment and pledge about their child’s upbringing. In biblical literature, names often have special meaning for someone’s spiritual life and destiny. Adam, Abraham, Sarah, Israel—most Bible students know the significance of these God-chosen names to the roles played by the people bearing them. When the time came for God to put the wheels in motion to bring his grand scheme of redemption to fulfillment, the naming of the child born at Bethlehem was not left for others to decide. The infant born in an animal stall was given a name from on high that would pledge and foreshadow the work he would accomplish. This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matt. 1:18–21) The Name Jesus Jesusis the Greek form of the Old Testament Jewish nameYeshua. In English, most of us know the name better in its biblical form asJoshua. This Hebrew name was translated into Greek for the Septuagint asIesous, from which we get our transliteration “Jesus.” Its Commonness We know the name in the Old Testament principally from Joshua son of Nun, the successor to Moses who led the Israelites into Canaan to possess and occupy it. As Moses was about to end his career, God himself chose his successor: “The Lord said to Moses, ‘Now the day of your death is near. Call Joshua and present yourselves at the Tent of Meeting, where I will commission him.’ So Moses and Joshua came

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What's in a name?...In the case of Jesus Christ, rich insights, fresh perspectives, and pathways to intimacy. From "Good Shepherd" to "Lamb of God," Rubel Shelly explores the various names given to Christ in the Bible and reveals a Christ that will both surprise and challenge you. Shelly, a deeply respected scholar, uses his unique insight and fervent love for the Scriptures to develop a clear and unobstructed picture of Jesus through the biblical names that describe the One who invites the whole world to come to Him. What Shelly discovers and divulges is that these names and titles reveal the ultimate Savior, and the ultimate answer to your greatest struggles, fears, and failures. ^
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Chapter One Jesus Matthew 1:21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. How did you come to have your name? Were you named for a family member? A dear friend of your parents? Some celebrity? If you have children, how did you choose their names? The choice of a child’s name is quite important to most parents. Some names just won’t do. Judas Jones, Jezebel Smith, Adolf Hitler Williams—surely nobody in his right mind would attach those names to a child! It would be a cruel and irresponsible thing to do. On the other hand, people have been known to do some pretty weird things in selecting the names of their children. For example, this short piece inUSA Today, 8 September 1994, caught my eye when it first appeared and hasn’t left my mind since: “George and Tina Rollason say God had nothing to do with the birth of their daughter on July 20, so they gave her a fitting moniker: Atheist Evolution Rollason. The York, Pa., couple say her name is their answer to other parents’ use of biblical names. ‘There’s so many people named Christian, or Christine,’ George says. ‘This is just one person named Atheist. What the heck’s the difference?’ The Rollasons have clashed with the school district over angel decorations in the classroom and Bibles in the library.” In some situations, there really is “nothing in a name.” But at other times, people like the Rollasons intend a name to be a statement of conviction or perhaps a commitment and pledge about their child’s upbringing. In biblical literature, names often have special meaning for someone’s spiritual life and destiny. Adam, Abraham, Sarah, Israel—most Bible students know the significance of these God-chosen names to the roles played by the people bearing them. When the time came for God to put the wheels in motion to bring his grand scheme of redemption to fulfillment, the naming of the child born at Bethlehem was not left for others to decide. The infant born in an animal stall was given a name from on high that would pledge and foreshadow the work he would accomplish. This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matt. 1:18–21) The Name Jesus Jesusis the Greek form of the Old Testament Jewish nameYeshua. In English, most of us know the name better in its biblical form asJoshua. This Hebrew name was translated into Greek for the Septuagint asIesous, from which we get our transliteration “Jesus.” Its Commonness We know the name in the Old Testament principally from Joshua son of Nun, the successor to Moses who led the Israelites into Canaan to possess and occupy it. As Moses was about to end his career, God himself chose his successor: “The Lord said to Moses, ‘Now the day of your death is near. Call Joshua and present yourselves at the Tent of Meeting, where I will commission him.’ So Moses and Joshua came
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Rubel Shelly

Dr. Rubel Shelly has served as a minister for the Woodmont Hills church in Nashville for twenty years. He holds a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and has taught at David Lipscomb University and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.ýHe is a known community leader, serving with groups such as the AIDS Education Committee of the American Red Cross and the Metro Public Schools, and is the author of over twenty books, two of which are "The Names of Jesus", and "What Would Jesus Do Today?" Shelly is widely published in religious journals and co-edits "Wineskins" magazine. He and his wonderful

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  • Catalogue Code 223785
  • Product Code 1582293279
  • EAN 9781582293271
  • Pages 192
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category Christology
  • Publisher Howard Books Publishing
  • Publication Date Feb 2003
  • Dimensions 229 x 155 x 11 mm
  • Weight 0.304kg

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