"Rebellion." A daughter of Amram and Jochebed, and the sister of Moses and Aaron.1 When her mother put the infant Moses in a basket and placed it among the reeds by the river bank, Miriam stood at a distance to know what would be done to him. Her name is prominent in the history of the Exodus. She is called "the prophetess."2 She took the lead in the song of triumph after the passage of the Red Sea. At Hazeroth she joined with Aaron in speaking against Moses, for which she was smitten with leprosy but was healed upon the intercession of her brother.3

Miriam died at Kadesh during the second encampment at that place, toward the close of the wanderings in the wilderness, forty years after the Exodus, and was buried there.4



  1. Ex. 2:4-10; 1 Chr. 6:3.
  2. Ex. 15:20.
  3. Num. 12:1-15; Deut. 24:9.
  4. Num. 20:1.


  • Easton, M.G. (1897). Easton's Bible Dictionary. New York: Harper & Brothers.

This article incorporates text from Easton’s Bible Dictionary (1897) by M.G. Easton, which is in the public domain.