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Miriam
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[German Version]

מִריָם (miryām, “the well-nourished one”), alternatively identified as the sister of Aaron (Exod 15:20) or the sister of Moses and Aaron (Num 26:59; 1 Chr 5:29). If it was not Miriam who sang (or composed) the song of triumph in Exod 15:21 (often, and probably correctly, considered one of the earliest of Israel's traditions), her traditio-historical roots are totally obscure. Exod 15 in its final form reacted to the scandal of a prominent female voice from Israel's distant past by having Miriam and…

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Knauf, Ernst Axel, “Miriam”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_14157>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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