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

4His sister stood at a distance, to see what would happen to him.5The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her attendants walked beside th ... View more

Exod 15:20-21

The Song of Miriam
20Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron's sister, took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with danc ... View more

Num 12

Aaron and Miriam Jealous of Moses
1While they were at Hazeroth, Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married (for he ha ... View more

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