Miriam

Miriam (Mihr´ee-uhm)

The sister of Moses and Aaron. We first hear of her when the infant Moses was placed in a basket on the Nile and his sister (not named here) watched from a distance; when the baby was discovered by Pharaoh’s daughter, the sister offered to find a Hebrew wet nurse and fetched Moses’s mother (Exod 2:4-8). After the exodus, Miriam had a prominent position among the women, for (Exod 15:20-21) records her leading the women in the victory song after the events at the Red Sea. Miriam is called a prophetess in this passage. She later considered her prophecy equal to that of Moses when she and Aaron complained about the marriage of Moses to the Cushite woman (Num 12); for that, she was struck with leprosy and was healed a week later after Aaron asked Moses to intercede for her. Miriam was buried at Kadesh.

Exod 2:4-8

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Exod 15:20-21

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Num 12

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