It is possible to see a resemblance between most female heroines in the Bible. These women operated successfully when there was a need for thinking “outside the box.”
The Israelites were experiencing several crises and distress in Egypt when Miriam “appeared on the scene.” Baby boys were being murdered at the instruction of Pharaoh and the people were enduring extreme conditions. It was this difficult situation that provided Miriam a platform to shine.
The source of the name Miriam has several possible interpretations. Miriam was born at a time when Pharaoh made the lives of the Israelites bitter, so perhaps it originates from the Hebrew root for “bitterness.” Alternatively, Miriam, unlike many of the despondent Israelites, was unwilling to simply accept Pharaoh’s decree of death, so there are those who believe her name comes from the Hebrew word for “rebel.” I’d like to draw attention to the similarity between her name מרים and the word for water (מים) in Hebrew. Her Hebrew name contains all the letters for water. I like this interpretation the best.
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