When we are first introduced to Miriam in the Bible, the times are bleak. The Egyptian Pharaoh has decreed that all baby boys born to the Hebrew slaves be immediately put to death. This is an edict or gezera to be carried out by the midwives. Judging it best not to “beget children for nothing,” Miriam’s father, Amram, separates from his wife, leading the rest of the Hebrew husbands to do the same. Nothing less than national survival is at stake.
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