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?


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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? Jul 2, 2018 at 2:56
  • Specifically some sort of agricultural text, which would contain a word like "draw water."
    – Shalom
    Jul 2, 2018 at 2:56
  • @RenatoGrun See my answer to the linked question which explains the Egyptian meaning of the word.
    – Alex
    Jul 2, 2018 at 3:03
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    @RenatoGrun In English the book is known as Nabatean Agriculture. The Rambam mentions it as העבודה הנבטית (MN 3:29), the Ramban mentions it as העבודה המצרית in Torat YHVH Temima
    – b a
    Aug 5, 2019 at 23:56
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    @RenatoGrun According to here, the book has yet to be completely translated into English. According to here, the book at least mentions that a certain Nabatean was the master of Adam, so it wouldn't be so far-fetched, in my opinion, that other biblical characters were mentioned there.
    – Harel13
    Dec 19, 2020 at 19:14

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