Ibn Ezra in his commentary to Shemos 2:10 says that the name Moshe was a translation of the Egyptian "Monius". I have, then, two questions:

1) Where does he get that his name was that? And 2) how is that related with something like "drawn from water"?

Related: Moses' Hebrew name was given to him in Egyptian?


Immediately after stating that that was Moshe's name he tells us where he got it from:

ככה כתוב בספר עבודת האדמה הנעתק מלשון מצרים אל לשון קדרים גם ככה בספרי חכמי יוון

That is, he got it from earlier Egyptian and Greek books.

  • What we know about this book? Does it answers the second question why he was called that? – Renato Grun Jul 2 '18 at 2:56
  • Specifically some sort of agricultural text, which would contain a word like "draw water." – Shalom Jul 2 '18 at 2:56
  • @RenatoGrun See my answer to the linked question which explains the Egyptian meaning of the word. – Alex Jul 2 '18 at 3:03
  • @Shalom, a link to this (a direct reference) would be nice. – Renato Grun Jul 2 '18 at 3:33
  • @Alex Your answer there (and others) deals with Moshe = Mose etymology, not Monius, which is a complete different Egyptian word. – Renato Grun Jul 2 '18 at 3:38

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