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1. Name

Exod. 2:10 explains the name “Moses” with a philologically impossible Hebrew etymology (deriving it from mšh, “draw out”). In fact, the name is the short form of an Egyptian name such as “Thutmose” (from mśy, “bear”), without the theophoric element.

2. Career

In the OT Moses is the central figure in the early history of Israel (§1). Commissioned by Yahweh, he rescued the people from oppression in Egypt, proclaimed the law to them at Sinai, led them through the desert, and died immediately before…

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Smend, Rudolf, “Moses”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 28 January 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_M868>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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