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Miriam the Prophetess (Women in the Bible)

By March 21, 2012

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MiriamOf all the women in the Bible, Miriam is one of the only ones who is explicitly referred to as a prophetess. During the Passover story, directly after the Israelites have crossed the Red Sea, the text tells us: "Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron's sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrels dancing" (Exodus 15:20). Miriam then proceeds to sing a song of exhalation to the Lord, a poem that scholars today count as one of the oldest portions of text in the Bible.

Learn more about Miriam's life and her role in the Exodus story in: Who Was Miriam?

Image credit: "The Song of Miriam" by William Gale.

March 23, 2012 at 11:00 pm
(1) Ann J. Pace says:

And what about the late Debbie Friedman’s wonderful “Miriam’s Song”? Anyone not familiar with it can find it on YouTube. Be sure to select her version.

March 25, 2012 at 12:02 am
(2) Hadassah says:

Acfually, Miriam was not the only prophetess. Don’t forget about Anna, Deborah, etc….These women were so powerful in their assistance to lead us out of captivity in various scenarios. We seldom receive recognition. Let’s not short change ourselves! :)

March 27, 2012 at 10:38 am
(3) judaism says:

Miriam is the only prophetess mentioned in the Torah. However, in the Tanach there were also other prophetesses, such as Deborah. :)

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