Yeshua

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When names are translated from one language to another, they sometimes change. The name Yeshua, which is very similar to Joshua, is “Jesus” in much of the western world.

During the forty days before Easter (Lent) many people either give up something as a form of fasting or take on something extra as a form of service.

I was privileged to be able to join a group of people on three evenings at weekly intervals to watch a film. It was “Risen”. We watched about a third of the film on each occasion and then discussed what had happened, how it differed from the accounts in the Bible and how we reacted to it. We were all people, who believe that Jesus rose from the dead. We wondered how anyone, who did not know the story of Easter would react to the film.

The main character is a Roman soldier – a tribune. Yeshua is the name of the man, who was crucified, place in a sealed tomb and then missing. The Roman has to find out what has happened and make up his own mind. It is a very dramatic film and after the second “episode” we were very keen to see how it would all end.

Do you know the story of Easter? It is told in all four of the Gospels and discussed in many epistles (letters). It is central to the Christian faith. The day I wrote this a verse from Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth was the verse of the day.

The Easter story told by Mark – Chapters 14, 15 and 16.

The Easter story told by Matthew – Chapters 26, 27, and 28

The Easter story told by Luke – Chapters 22, 23 and 24

The Easter story told by John – Chapters 18, 19, 20 and 21

This year for the A to Z Challenge I have taken my 2013 Challenge as a starting point for most of the posts. I have written a post based around something or usually someone from the Bible. Sometimes it is a fictional story, for example when I have added some back stories (as a writing exercise). Sometimes it is a summary.

 I hope my readers will be challenged to consider the original texts in more depth. (If only to discover what liberties I have taken with them!)

My Y post for 2013 does not mention Yeshua

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