Royce,Why do you set on shua when you say there are four ways it is found?
You may think you see "shua" just as many think they see the tetragrammaton but it isn't. It is oshua you are seeing with the Yodh and a Heh prefixed. Read the article again and slow down this time. You will see that yasha had morphed in to oshayah with the Heh prefixed to it (i.e. - Hoshayah) and then once the Yohd was prefixed the root morphed again into oshua being it now carries the Yohd and Heh prefixes (i.e. - yehoshua. This is due to the tense changing, just as come and came, or run and ran, etc... It is a matter of the vowels changing as the tense changes. So again there is no shua it only appears that way when one tries to dissect the root word and tries to make it what it isn't.Why do you set on shua when you say there are four ways it is found? The meaning would suggest that shua doesnt fit the Messiah wouldnt you think?
Swalchy, where can I get a look at the copies of the dead sea scrolls to check on these place where the name has the variant readings? Is there a Website with them listed as you have noted them above?Full form: יהושוע - Yod, Hey, Vav, Shin, Vav, Ayin
Evidenced in the Dead Sea scrolls: Deuteronomy 3:21 (4Q40Deutm); Joshua 6:10, 8:3, 8:35 & 10:4 (4Q47Josha)
Second form: יהושע - Yod, Hey, Vav, Shin, Ayin
Evidenced in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Exodus 17:13 & 14 (4Q14 Exodusc); Numbers 32:28 (4Q23 Levi-Numa); Deuteronomy 31:21 & 28 (4Q31Deutd); Joshua 4:1 (twice - 4Q48Joshb), 6:6 (4Q47Josha), 17:4, 14, 15 (4Q48Joshb); Haggai 1:1 (4Q77MinProb), 1:14 & 2:4 (MurXII & 4Q77MinProb).
Third form (previously unknown before DSS discovery): יהשוע - Yod, Hey, Shin, Vav, Ayin (Yahshua)
Evidenced in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Exodus 17:9, 13, 32:17 (4Q22paleoEx); Numbers 26:65, 27:22 (4Q27Numb); Zechariah 3:9 (4Q80e)
Fourth form (previously unknown before DSS discovery): יהשע - Yod, Hey, Shin, Ayin
Evidenced in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Joshua 5:2, 3, 8:35 (4Q47Josha)
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