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By Jeff A. Benner

Joshua's father was Nun (pronounced noon).

And Joshua the son of Nun... (KJV, Numbers 11:28)

The name נון (nun, Strong's #5126) is derived from the Hebrew verb נון (N.W.N, Strong's #5125), meaning "to continue." Also derived from this verb is the noun מנון (manon, Strong's #5126), meaning "heir," in the sense of the heir being the "The continuation of a lineage." The word נון (nun) is also the name of the fourteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, the letter נ (nun). In the ancient pictographic script of Hebrew this letter is a picture of a sprouting seed (see below), which "continues" the plant for the next generation.

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