In Deuteronomy 32:44 (KJV)

And Moses came and spake all the words of this song in the ears of the people, he, and Hoshea the son of Nun.

Is Hoshea the same as Joshua?

  • Are you asking if the birth name הוֹשֵׁ֥עַ Hoshea had the same meaning as יְהוֹשֻֽׁעַ "Yehoshua" (Joshua)? Commented Mar 10, 2021 at 21:11
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    @חִידָה some translations have Joshua others Hoshea and for the English/Portuguese reader the names don't look very similar Commented Mar 10, 2021 at 21:40

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This is a common "problem" in the ancient Scriptures, but only for moderns who insist upon correct spelling. The ancients were much less punctilious about spelling.

I leave it as an excercise for the reader that people's names were often spelled differently in the Bible such as Silas vs Silvanus; Joshua vs Oshea vs Hoshea, Jehoram vs Joram, etc, etc.

In this case, the book of Deuteronomy has such a practice. Thus, Hoshea is the same as Joshua in Deut 32. Some versions like the NIV standardize the spelling for modern readers.


Is Hoshea the same as Joshua?


Numbers 13:16 New International Version

These are the names of the men Moses sent to explore the land. (Moses gave Hoshea son of Nun the name Joshua.)

to Hoshea
לְהוֹשֵׁ֥עַ (lə·hō·wō·šê·a‘)
Preposition-l | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1954: Hoshea -- 'salvation', the name of several Israelites

{the name} Joshua.
יְהוֹשֻֽׁעַ׃ (yə·hō·wō·šu·a‘)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3091: Joshua -- 'the LORD is salvation', Moses' successor, also the name of a number of Israelites

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