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What does the name Moses mean in the Bible?

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In the Bible, the name Moses means "take out," as Moses was taken from the river by the Pharaoh's daughter. Although many associate Moses with Judaism, he does have a role in Christian religions, too.

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At a time when the Egyptians wished to gain control of the Israeli nation, Israelite babies were drowned in the River Nile. According to the Bible, the Israelites prayed to God for a solution, and he sent it in the form of Moses. When Moses was born, his mother placed him in a basket and let him float onto the River Nile so God could care for him. Eventually, the Pharaoh's daughter plucked him from the river.

Legend has it that the Pharaoh's daughter gave Moses a name that represented her removing him from the river. However, experts debate whether his name was originally Egyptian or Hebrew, or whether it began as Egyptian and was later given a Hebrew interpretation. An Egyptian interpretation means "Son of," whereas Hebrew means to "take out" or "draw out."

Moses is the most significant of all the Jewish leaders in the Bible. In addition to leading the Israelites to freedom, he received the Torah, which are guidelines to live by. In Christianity, he played a similar role by receiving the Ten Commandments.

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