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Joshua ˈdʒɒʃuə or Jehoshua (יְהוֹשֻׁעַ Yĕhôshúʿa or יֵשׁוּעַ Yĕshúʿa; ܝܫܘܥ Isho; Ἰησοῦς, يوشع بن نون Yūshaʿ ibn Nūn;Iosue, Yuşa), is a figure in the Torah, being one of the spies for Israel (Numbers 1314) and identified in several passages as Moses' assistant. He is the central figure in the Hebrew Bible's Book of Joshua. According to the books of Exodus, Numbers and Joshua, he became the leader of the Israelite tribes after the death of Moses. His name was Hoshe'a (הוֹשֵׁעַ) the son of Nun, of the tribe of Ephraim, but Moses called him Yehoshu'a (יְהוֹשֻעַ; Joshua in English) (Numbers 13:16) the name by which he is commonly known. The name is shortened to Yeshua in Nehemiah (Nehemiah 8:17). According to the Bible he was born in Egypt prior to the Exodus.

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