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.)

Onkelos Numbers 12:1


1 And Miriam and Aharon spake against Mosheh, because of the fair woman whom he had taken, because the fair woman who had been sent away he had taken. 2 And they said, Hath the Lord spoken only with Mosheh? Hath He not spoken with us also? And it was heard before the Lord. 3 [But the man Mosheh was very humble, more than all the men who were upon the face of the earth.]

 Notes and References

"... In Numbers 12:1 the Masoretic Text indicates that Moses took a second wife from the Kingdom of Cush (Ethopia). Onkelos, the famous Jewish convert of the first century CE and nephew of the Roman Emperor Titus, suggested that the true meaning was not one of nationality, “Cushite” but had a true meaning of “beautiful.” Likewise the Samaritan Pentateuch and the Masoretic Text in this text have the same Hebrew characters, but a different vocalization resulting in a different interpretation ... In the Samaritan tradition of the Biblical Text, Moses was only married to one woman, Zipporah."

Dufour, Sharon Sullivan Variants in the Samaritan Pentateuch of the Hebrew Bible as compared to the Masoretic Text (pp. 1-16) Eastern Michigan University, 2009

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