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Amram (Hebrew: עמרם, ʻAmrām; "Name means::friend of the Most High") (ca. Born::Abib 2358 AM–ca. Died::Abib 2495 AM) was the first-named son of Kohath and the father of the three most famous Levites in history.

Life and Family

The Bible does not give a specific date of Amram's birth. But the Bible says that Amram lived life span::137 years. Using this figure and also the life spans of Levi ({{#show: Levi|?Life span#years}}) and Kohath ({{#show: Kohath|?Life span#years}}), Floyd Nolen Jones estimates that Amram was likely born in 2358 AM and died about eighteen years prior to the Exodus of Israel.

Amram made an unusual marriage with his aunt Jochebed. This type of marriage would later be expressly forbidden by Levitical law. (Leviticus 18:12 ) They had three children, named Miriam, Aaron, and Moses. Miriam gained a reputation as a prophetess, Aaron became the first high priest, and Moses became the first civil leader and judge of national Israel.

A desperate measure

In 2433 AM, probably when Amram was age of parenthood::75 years old, his son Moses was born. In this year, the reigning Pharaoh had ordered that every male Hebrew child be thrown into the Nile. Amram and Jochebed hid Moses for three months, but could not hide him forever. So Jochebed prepared a wicker basket coated with tar and pitch, placed Moses into it, and set it adrift in the Nile. Amram's daughter Miriam, whom Ussher estimates was eleven years old at the time,[1] followed the basket until the Pharaoh's daughter retrieved it, and then arranged for Jochebed to nurse her own son. (Exodus 2:1-10 ).



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  1. James Ussher, The Annals of the World, Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2003, pghh. 166, 266