Yaw-shah naw

Hosanna is based on a Greek word of the New Testament (see New Testament Fact File) that was derived from a combination of two Hebrew words of the Old Testament (see Old Testament Fact File), pronounced yaw-shah, meaning to save or deliver, and naw, meaning pray. The originally-intended meaning of "save us, we pray" is today often unrealized when "hosanna" is used as a term of worship.

The Origin of "Hosanna"

The term was used widely in the Hebrew Scriptures (see The Older Testament and Which Bible Did Jesus Use?), including this example from the Psalms which plainly describe both Jesus Christ and His Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem that was still centuries in the future:

The New Testament

"Hosanna" is best known by many from the Triumphal Entry:

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This Day In History, August 30

30 BC: Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt (see The Ptolemies), died. She is said to have committed suicide by allowing a poisonous snake to bite her.

1125: Lothair II, Duke of Saxony, was elected king of the Germans.

1782: The French fleet arrived in the Chesapeake Bay to aid the American Revolution.

1862: The Second Battle of Bull Run occurred during the U.S. Civil War.

1881: In Germany, Clement Ader patented the first stereophonic sound system.

1914: The Battle of Tannenberg, one of history's greatest military disasters, ended after the Russian Second Army lost 30,000 troops after being encircled by the Germans.

1940: Sir J.J. Thomson, the English physicist who discovered the electron in 1897, died at age 83. He was buried near Isaac Newton in the nave of Westminster Abbey.

1945: Hong Kong was liberated when the British navy under Rear Admiral Cecil Harcourt sailed into Victoria harbor to accept the Japanese surrender.

1963: A "hot line" link between the White House and the Kremlin went into operation, designed to reduce the risk of accidental nuclear war.

1973: Kenya banned the hunting of elephants and the trade in ivory.

1980: A 17 day strike at the Lenin shipyard in Gdansk, Poland, ended when union leader Lech Walesa signed an agreement with government negotiators.

1981: Iranian President Mohammad Ali Rajai and Prime Minister Mohammad Javad Bahonar were killed in a bomb blast at the prime minister's office in Tehran.

1982: Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat abandoned his headquarters in Beirut following an Israeli military intervention into Lebanon.


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