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Child Of The Nile
by Wayne Blank
Jochebed is mentioned specifically by name only twice in the Scriptures, in genealogy. She was of the tribe of Levi (see Levites).
"These are the families of the Levites: the family of the Libnites, the family of the Hebronites, the family of the Mahlites, the family of the Mushites, the family of the Korathites. And Kohath begat Amram. And the name of Amram's wife was Jochebed, the daughter of Levi, whom her mother bare to Levi in Egypt: and she bare unto Amram Aaron and Moses, and Miriam their sister." (Numbers 26:58-59 KJV)
After the Pharaoh ordered the killing of all Israelite male infants by casting them into The Nile River (the otherwise reasonably good classic movie The Ten Commandments is apparently mistaken when it shows the infants being killed in other ways; the other most obvious error is showing a crescent moon at Passover, which always occurs at full moon), Jochebed did put her son into the river, but in an "ark" (see Moses' Ark). When he was found by the childless daughter of the Pharaoh, Miriam made it seem that she just happened to come along and suggested that she knew of a Hebrew woman who could nurse the infant for the Egyptian princess - the infant Moses' own mother, Jochebed.
"And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive."
Fact Finder: Miriam was obviously older than Moses, since she helped her mother Jochebed put the infant Moses into the Nile. But of Jochebed's two sons, how much age difference was there between Moses and Aaron, and which was older?