🔼The name Moloch in the Bible
The name Moloch occurs only once in the Bible, although it's the Greek version of the Hebrew name מלך (Molech), which occurs a few more times. Moloch is mentioned in Acts 7:43, where Stephen quotes Amos 5:25-27, in which the Lord foretells Judah's (or rather: Israel at large) exile to Babylon.
Moloch was the horrifying deity of the Ammonites, whose worship entailed the sacrifice by fire of living children. This was obviously forbidden by the Law of YHWH, the Lord of Life (Leviticus 18:21) but the Israelites did it anyway. No one less than king Solomon built a center of worship for Moloch (1 Kings 11:7) but three centuries later, it was demolished by king Josiah (2 Kings 23:10). See for more details our article on the name Molech.
🔼Etymology of the name Moloch
The name Moloch is the Greek transliteration of the Hebrew name Molech, and that name comes from the Hebrew noun מלך (melek), meaning king:
The name Moloch means King.