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  • Pharaoh speaks to two Hebrew midwives, Shiphrah and Puah aka Jochebed and Miriam: "When a Hebrew woman gives birth to a son, kill it," he says.

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  • Bertonoff argued that the women of the Bible, such as Jochebed, mother of Moses, and Deborah the Prophet, should not be treated as ordinary mother figures; it was necessary to find special ways of depicting them through movement.

    Deborah Bertonoff.

  • Hannah was one hundred and thirty years old when she became pregnant, as was Jochebed (Midrash Samuel 4: 1); this midrash is part of the Rabbinic trend to compare Samuel with Moses (see below).

    Hannah: Midrash and Aggadah.

  • The Rabbis resolved this seeming contraction of the events by explaining that Jochebed and Amram had divorced, and Ex. 2: 1 details their remarriage.

    Miriam: Midrash and Aggadah.

  • Jochebed, Miriam and Elisheba were indeed related to these leading families (BT Sotah 11b).

    Shiphrah: Midrash and Aggadah.

  • Most of the midrashim assert that they were Hebrew women and even identify them with renowned Biblical heroines: Jochebed and Miriam, or Jochebed and Elisheba daughter of Amminadab (BT Sotah 11b).

    Midwife: Midrash and Aggadah.

  • According to the midrash, when Amram took back Jochebed, he did so on the counsel of his daughter (BT Sotah 12b).

    Miriam: Midrash and Aggadah.

  • Amram remarried Jochebed in a public celebration with all possible pomp and ceremony: he sat her in a palanquin, Aaron and Miriam danced before her, and the ministering angels proclaimed (Ps. 113: 9): “He sets the childless woman [akeret ha-bayit] among her household as a happy mother of children.”

    Miriam: Midrash and Aggadah.

  • According to one Rabbinic position, Shiphrah and Puah were mother and daughter: Jochebed and Miriam; and according to another view, daughter-in-law and mother-in-law: Jochebed and Elisheba daughter of Amminadab.

    Shiphrah: Midrash and Aggadah.

  • This continuum actually extends over a considerable period of time, since Jochebed and Amram already had two children, Aaron and Miriam, when Moses was born (as is related in v. 6).

    Miriam: Midrash and Aggadah.


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