The Torah describes how when Moshe was pulled from the river, Pharaoh's daughter exclaims that this is a Hebrew child (per the simple reading of Shemos 2:6).

Moshe then grew up in Pharaoh's household as a son to Pharaoh's daughter. Does anyone speak about what Pharaoh thought Moshe's origin was? Was Pharaoh also aware that Moshe was a Jew?

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    Note that this answer seems to take for granted that it was seemingly widely known that Moshe was Jewish, although there doesn't seem to be any concrete sources regarding this. I'm interested to know if any classical sources specifically speak about whether Pharaoh knew. – Salmononius2 Jan 4 '18 at 23:14
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    My question to you is how could he not know? His daughter suddenly has a three-month-old baby boy who doesn't look like an Egyptian. – ezra Jan 5 '18 at 1:44
  • @ezra While Pharaoh undoubtedly knew the child wasn't his daughter's, who said he knew it was a Jewish child? Do Jewish babies have distinct features identifying them as such? For all I know, Jewish and Egyptian babies look the same, and that's not taking into account the fact that there may be other cultures that the baby could have been adopted from (i.e. a traveling Canaanite). – Salmononius2 Jan 5 '18 at 3:23
  • Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/88346/472 – Monica Cellio Jan 5 '18 at 16:40
  • First, Moses was circumcised (this way or another). Second Basya converted and called his name in Hebrew. Third Miriam offered his (Jewish) mother to feed him. But wait, if Hashem took care of Pharaoh during the plagues, why couldn't He make him neglect this fact, that Moses was Hebrew. – Al Berko Jan 6 '18 at 17:56

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