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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature

Miriam

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Mir´iam (bitterness), sister of Moses and Aaron, and supposed to be the same that watched her infant brother when exposed on the Nile; in which case she was probably ten or twelve years old at the time (, sq.). When the Israelites left Egypt, Miriam naturally became the leading woman among them. She is called 'a prophetess' (). After the passage of the Red Sea, she led the music, dance, and song, with which the women celebrated their deliverance (). The arrival of Moses' wife in the camp seems to have created in her an unseemly dread of losing her influence and position, and led her into complaints of and dangerous reflections upon Moses, in which Aaron joined. For this she was smitten with leprosy, and, although healed at the intercession of Moses, was excluded for seven days from the camp (Numbers 12; ). Her death took place in the first month of the fortieth year after the Exodus, at the encampment of Kadesh-barnea (), where her sepulcher was still to be seen in the time of Eusebius.

 

 

 

 

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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Miriam'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature". https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/kbe/m/miriam.html.

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