Modern Name ‘Jesus’ Not Found in 1611 KJV

The name of our Saviour is precious, and is the name above every name! It is thus vitally important that we study the Scriptures to find His name! And as we study carefully, here is what we find.

The modern name ‘Jesus’ (Jee’-zus) is not used in the original 1611 King James Version of the Bible. Nor is the modern name ‘Jehovah’ (Juh-ho’-vah) found in the original 1611 KJV.

Instead, the name of the Saviour is written as ‘Iesus’ (Yay-soos), having a closer phonetic sound to the Hebrew name of ‘Yehoshua,’ and is pronounced by some as (Yeh-shu’-ah, Yah-shu’-ah or Yahu’-shu’-ah), with many minor variations in vowel-sounds.

The modern name ‘Jehovah’ appears 4 times in the modern KJV versions. In the 1611 KJV, however, this name is absent. Instead it appears as ‘IEHOVAH’ (Yay-ho’-vah), and is pronounced by many today with variations both in the vowel-sounds, and in the use of the ancient consonant ‘waw’ in place of the more modern ‘vav.’

The proper name of the Creator appears more than 6,800 times in both early and later versions of the KJV. Curiously, this name is hidden in most places by use of the word ‘LORD’ in all-capital letters to denote the proper name.

The Creator’s name appears in the modern KJV as ‘JEHOVAH’ in four places (Ex 6:3, Ps 83:18, Isa 12:2, Isa 26:4), having escaped the translator’s attempts to cloak the name with the word ‘LORD’ spelled with all-capital letters.

Moreover, in the 1611 KJV, the name ‘IEHOVAH’ appears 3 times, and ‘IEHOUAH’ once, revealing a variation in the ‘waw’ and ‘vav’ sound, coming close to the Hebrew pronunciation (Yah-Hu’-Wah).

And so we are presented with two immediate questions that demand answers: “Who changed the name?” and, “What is His Name according to Scripture?”

Who Changed the Name?

Many have seen that the modern name ‘Jesus’ is not the same as the name ‘Iesus’ found in the 1611 KJV [Compare the 1611 KJV side-by-side with the 1769 KJV]. So who changed the name?

The use of the letter ‘J’ and its corresponding phonetic sound as a soft ‘G’ is a modern invention of man, and is a recent linguistic addition. So who changed the Name that is above every name? Should we not know and use His given Name, if we desire to know Him?

Perhaps the Names in Scripture have changed, not because of anyone’s conscious efforts, but because of evolution of the English language in its linguistic and spelling variations. There may be many opinions. One must wonder, however, that the adversary’s name has not changed over time, but the Saviour’s Covenant identity remains mostly unknown today, and the Creator’s revealed Name is hidden to all but those who seek.

I’m sure He will acknowledge any name we use, in our ignorance. But perhaps those who desire to know Him want to know His true, Biblical name. Not knowing where this name change came from, it may be good to go back to the Bible, and use the Hebrew Name given to our Saviour by His Hebrew mother, which name was prophesied throughout the Hebrew Scriptures! We must then ask, “What is that Hebrew name?”

What is His Name According to Scripture

If the Saviour’s Name was not originally ‘Jesus’ (pronounced as ‘Jee’-zus’), then what is His Name — and how is it pronounced, according to Scripture?

In the Book of Proverbs, there is an enigmatic and highly prophetic passage directed to Believers of this generation:

what is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell? (Proverbs 30:4b)

In order to find the answers to these questions, we must seek them out in the Scriptures. We must become as the Bereans, who searched the Scriptures daily for themselves, to see whether the things the apostle Paul said were true (Acts 17:10-11).

Many are doing as the Bereans did. They are going back to the Hebrew Scriptures — the Torah (that was their Bible), to find the foundational Truths of the New Covenant — and are discovering the Biblical Hebrew names of our Saviour and of the Creator!

For a brief look at how the Bereans might have discovered the true Biblical names of the Father and the Son hidden in Scripture, see What Is His Name, and What Is His Son’s Name — If You can Tell?.


Many today see the modern name ‘Jesus’ in the modern Bibles, and do not realise this name does not appear in the KJV 1611 Bible. Many are wanting to find the Truth of His Name!

Many are doing as the Bereans did. They are going back to the Hebrew Scriptures — the Torah (that was their Bible), to find the foundational Truths of the New Covenant — and are discovering the Biblical Hebrew names of our Saviour and of the Creator!

Proceed to What Is His Name, and What Is His Son’s Name — If You can Tell?.

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8 comments on “Modern Name ‘Jesus’ Not Found in 1611 KJV
  1. Darren hooper says:

    I want to learn about yahuah and study with like minded people.

  2. Yahushua follower says:

    His name was hidden from us for too long. I was a ‘Jesus only’ believer, but truth is truth and a true believer will seek truth even if it hurts. It hurt at first, but I love him and his name is too important to me. Bless all who seek truth. Great is the name of Yahushua.

  3. Quinn says:

    There were plenty of Iewes too, and it was the KIV lol

  4. Yes Jesus is in the 1611. In my opinion, to many have been taking J out of scriptures long enough. iudge for yourselfe here:

    • notesfromthewilderness says:

      Thank you Lonnie, for your comment, and for the good quality photo of the 1611 KJV version of Matthew 1:1-20.

      The photo you referenced of Matthew chapter 1 in the 1611KJV illustrate the point made in the article. Notice what the text in the photo says:

      Matthew 1:1 “The booke of the generation of Iesus Christ, the sonne of Dauid, the sonne of Abraham.”

      Matthew 1:2 “Abraham begate Isaac, and Isaac begate Iacob, and Iacob begate Iudas and his brethren.”

      Notice in verse 2 that the same script “I” is used for the first letter in the names Isaac, Jacob, and Judas. This reading is confirmed in the e-Sword version KJV1611.

      The reason these names are written as above, is that there is no “j” sound in Hebrew nor in Greek. The names of Joseph, Jacob, and Judas are spelled phonetically in Greek as Ioseph, Iakob, and Ioudas — see Strong’s numbers 2501, 2384, and 2455 for confirmation.

      We also see the name of our Saviour Yahushua in New Testament Greek is “Iesous” [pronounced ee-ay-sooce’], having Strong’s number 2424, and is pronounced as the Hebrew name for “Joshua.” I would suggest everyone look these names up for themselves, to see whether this is true. And so the KJV translators faithfully recorded the Greek pronunciation as Iesous. For Messiah’s Biblical name, see the e-sword version of the RNKJV (Restored Name King James Version).

      The letter “J” when it was first introduced in the 16th century, represented the “Y” sound (the ee- prefix, having the phonetic sound of “yuh”), to distinguish it from the long and short letter “I” already in use.

      The first English language book to make a clear distinction between “i” and “j” was published in 1633 (English Grammar, Charles Butler, 1633), according to the above-referenced Wikipedia article.

  5. Ernest Andrews says:

    May I recommend these websites. Exellent Hebrew translation of Scriptures.
    Go to:
    May Yah bless

    • notesfromthewilderness says:

      Thanks Ernest, for the comment and reference. Yes, the ISR is a good translation, and has some good study notes and references. But as always, we should use caution, as this translation is based (partly at least) on faulty manuscripts. It is a good translation to use as a secondary reference, to use alongside a primary KJV.

  6. latoya blake says:

    Thank Yah 4 this information. HalleluYah. Yah bless… That is all :-)

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