Miriam in the Bible

Who was Miriam in the Bible?

Miriam is referenced in the Old Testament of the Bible as a prophetess and originally emerges in the Book of Exodus. Miriam was the daughter of Amram, the leader of the Israelites in ancient Egypt, and of Jochebed and the sister of Aaron and Moses. The narrative of Moses' infancy in Exodus depicts an unnamed sister of Moses observing him being placed in the Nile (Ex 2:4); she is frequently portrayed as being Miriam.

In the biblical narrative of the exodus, Miriam is characterized as a "prophetess" when she leads the Israelites in the Song of the Sea after Pharoah's army is destroyed at the Sea of Reeds. The Old Testament also describes Miriam and Aaron as criticizing of Moses’ "Cushite" wife in Numbers 12.

Concerning the death of Miriam, the Bible declares, "The entire congregation of the children of Israel arrived at the desert of Tzin in the first month, and the people settled in Kadesh. Miriam died there and was buried there".

Discover the many Bible verses about Miriam in this collection of scripture quotes!