Numbers 12:1

Hebrew Bible

1 Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman he had married (for he had married an Ethiopian woman). 2 They said, “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses? Has he not also spoken through us?” And the Lord heard it. 3 (Now the man Moses was very humble, more so than any man on the face of the earth.)

Samaritan Numbers 12:1

Samaritan Penteteuch

1 And Miriam and Aaron spoke about Moses because of the beautiful woman whom he had married: for he had married a beautiful woman. 2 And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it. 3 (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)

 Notes and References

"... 12:1 “The beautiful” — The standard transla­tion and also Jewish commentary suggest “black woman” = “Cushi”. However, the Israelite Samaritans pronounce this word as “Kaashet”. Maryaam and Aahrron spoke about Seebbooraa, Mooshe’s only wife, who was sent back to her father’s house after the incident at the inn. The Is­raelite Samaritan sages made a comparison be­tween the quality of Seebbooraa as beautiful = “Kaashet” and Deuter­onomy 32:15, = “Kaasheetaa” = “You be­came handsome.” This attitude of the Israelite Samaritan sages came from the understanding that Mooshe married only one wife, and once he became absolutely devoted to his mission he never got married again ..."

Tsedaka, Benyamim The Israelite Samaritan Version of the Torah: First English Translation Compared with the Masoretic Version (p. 336) William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2013

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