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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


Looking back over five months of 2015

Every few months I find it necessary to look back over my blogs and see what surprises there have been.  With my reduced blogging output (weekly instead of daily on this blog apart from April) It has been over five months since I published a similar post.

My first post for 2015 was an outline of my plans.  I had not understood that #MondayBlogs do not have to be published on Mondays.

Dealing with shyness was featured on Post40Bloggers.

Two personal posts

Social media and the difficulties of leading a balanced life

Blogging, belief and books

A new word – a rare submission for the Daily Prompt with photo and humour

Not the numbers The internet is huge

The Heretic – Book review of Henry Vyner-Brooks’ historical novel

Valentine’s Day and other Red letter days

Doll’s trousers and hat (crochet)

Life, death, luck and Lent thoughts from Sue, who listens to people talking on trains!

Doll’s clothes and “that dress” Craft and social media

Poetry in Lent A poem and a photo

How to enlarge a knitted garment without frogging

A to Z Challenge 2015 a link to over 26 posts relating to the challenge including the reflections post.

What I have learned about Social Media during April

What’s next on Sue’s Trifles?

Mental Health Awareness Week

Christmas crafts

Patriotic squares and other motifs Crochet

Looking back through my posts, I realise that closing comments after 30 days, while fending off spammers, makes it difficult for genuine readers to comment.  For the A to Z Road Trip, my A to Z page is the best place to comment.

My What’s New page on Sue’s considered trifles is also a source of information about what I am doing online.

Thank you for visiting.  I hope you found something of interest here.


Y is for Yahweh

This April on Sue’s Trifles the theme is the names of God.  There may be more than one name for some of the letters.  There may be others I have omitted.  I hope that by going through the alphabet together we may learn more about the nature of God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Letter Y

One of the commandments given to Moses is that “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.”  Exodus 20:7  The writers of the Old Testament used an abbreviated for of the name of God, YHWH.  This is known as the Tetragrammatom (four letters)

Yahweh is how YHWH is often spelled in English Bibles.  Jehovah is the same name, coming from an alternative spelling, JHVH.

When I was a child it was still usual to address God in prayer as Thou.  This archaic form of you singular was no longer in general use except in some regional dialects.  While God is addressed as You, it is not really a name.  Some of the wasys it is used tell us about God’s unique nature.  You Alone, O God…

I hope by this stage in the alphabet that you, dear reader, will have some ideas about how to complete that prayer.

(For names in this post beginning with earlier letters, I hope the A to Z contents is up-to-date.)

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