Exclusive Gift Set 49 – Prophet Miriam Oil
Exclusive Gift Set 49 – Prophet Miriam Oil first appears in the Bible, she is but a child, and not even named; eventually she comes known, along with her siblings Moses and Aaron, as one of the three figures who led the Israelites out of Egypt. Like so many women in the Bible, her character is under-developed, at least compared to her brothers; yet her presence at key moments of the Torah’s narrative testifies to her prominence.
At the beginning of the book of Exodus, when the pharaoh decrees that all male Israelite babies drowned, Moses’s mother saves him by placing him on the Nile in a basket. We told that Moses’s sister stood on the bank of the river to find out what would happen to the infant. And when the pharaoh’s daughter discovers the basket, and realizes that it must be a Hebrew child, Miriam is quick to act. She offers to get a Hebrew nursemaid for the baby, and fetches none other than Moses’s — and her — mother.
When Miriam next appears in the narrative, the Israelites have left Egypt, led by Moses, and have just crossed the Sea of Reeds (traditionally, though erroneously, identified as the Red Sea). Upon their miraculous rescue from the Egyptian army, now drowned, Moses and the Israelites sing a hymn to God’s power, known as the Song of the Sea (Exodus 15:1–18). When they have finished, Miriam — now identified as a prophetess — takes a timbrel, and, along with the other Israelite women, dances and plays while singing the same hymn that Moses had just sung: “Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; horse and rider he has hurled into the sea!”
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