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(Heb., Amrram', עִמְרָם, kindred of the High, i.e. friend of Jehovah; Sept. in Exodus 6:20, Ἀμβράμ; in 1 Chronicles 1:41, Ε᾿μερών v. r. Ἀμαδά, [where the text has חִמְרָן; Chaemran', marg. Hamrana]; elsewhere Ἀμράμ ), the name of two or three men.

1. The son of Kohath, the son of Levi; he married Jochebed, "his father's sister," by whom he had Aaron, Miriam, and Moses (Exodus 6:18; Numbers 3:19). He died in Egypt, aged 137 years (Exodus 6:20), B.C. ante 1658. Before the giving of the law, it was permitted to marry a father's sister, but this was afterward forbidden (Leviticus 18:12). His descendants were sometimes called Amramites (Numbers 3:27; 1 Chronicles 26:23).

2. One of the "sons" of Bani, who, after the return from Babylon, separated from his Gentile wife (Ezra 10:34), B.C. 459.

3. A descendant of Esau (1 Chronicles 1:41). In Genesis 36:26, he is called more correctly HEMDAN (See HEMDAN) (q.v.).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Amram'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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