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Bible Q

What was Moses’ mother’s name?

According to Exodus 6:20, it was Jochebed (who was also his great aunt):

Amram took as his wife Jochebed his father’s sister, and she bore him Aaron and Moses.

3 Replies to “What was Moses’ mother’s name?”

  1. Maybe this is not quite so clear cut!
    There were 4 brothers — Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel — and Numbers 3 makes it clear this is the same Amram as in Exodus 6. Numbers 3:27-28 tells us that the descendants of these four men numbered 8,600 men at that time — the time of Moses. Assuming that there was a similar number of women in the family, that makes about 17,000 people at the time of Moses. If Amram was Moses’ father and Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel therefore his uncles, then they had had a busy life!
    Is this why the writer to the Hebrews (ch 11), who names all the individuals of faith whom he cites (as opposed to the groups), does not name Moses’ parents? An ‘undesigned coincidence’ of inspiration.
    Comparison of genealogies does indeed suggest that Amram and Jocabed were Moses’ ancestors, rather than his parents, and the Hebrew words allow this, even if the English does not — after all we are used to the statement that Jesus was the son of David.