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By Jeff A. Benner

The name Moses is written in the Hebrew Bible as משה (mosheh, Strong's #4872). This name is derived from the Hebrew verb משה (M.Sh.H, Strong's #4871) meaning "to draw out." Mosheh was named such, because the Pharaoh’s daughter "drew him out of the water" (Exodus 2:10).

How did the name Mosheh become Moses? Most names in English Bibles are derived from the Greek Septuagint (a 2,000 year old Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible), not the Hebrew Bible itself and in the Greek Septuagint this name is written as Μωυσῆς (Moses) as Greek has no letter for "sh" or "h" and the "s" is added at the end, as it does with many male names.

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