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Moses, Miriam and Aaron: Prophets and siblings
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Moses is the undisputed protagonist of the great epic of the Jewish people as they are delivered from the bondage of Egypt and led by him to the threshold of the land that the Lord has promised to give his people. In the Jewish tradition, Moses wrote the Torah. He is the mediator between the Lord and his people, the intercessor close to God like no other. After the Lord God, he is the main character in the books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.

At the end of the Torah Moses is hailed in these terms, “Never since has there arisen a prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face” (Deut34:10) Moses is the prophet – in Hebrew nāḇî – that is, the one who is called, but also the one who calls, proclaims, announces or invokes, and therefore stands in a privileged relationship with the Lord. In carrying out this task, however, he is not alone, but is accompanied by co-workers, whom the Bible calls, like him, “prophets.” The prophet Micah enumerates them and places them side by side as envoys of the Lord: “For I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and redeemed you from the house of slavery; and I sent before you Moses, Aaron and Miriam” (Mic 6:4).

Both Aaron and Miriam are referred to as “prophet” (Exod 7:1) and “prophetess” (Exod 15:20), respectively, on a par with Moses, whose siblings they are. How will Moses, Miriam and Aaron interact with each other as prophets and siblings at the same time? Will there also be room for other prophets in Israel?
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