MIRIAM: THE FORGOTTEN HEROINE OF THE EXODUS? (Miriam - zapomniana bohaterka exodusu)
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The study is an attempt to reveal Miriam's contribution into the process from which the biblical Israel emerged as a nation. The author of the article focuses on two fundamental texts, that is, Exod 15:20-21 and Numbers 12. After having presented the literary structure of the selected periscopes, making additional references to other biblical texts of the Old Testament, he tries to portray Miriam as a singer, a precursor of worship, a prophetess and a guide of the people. Highlighting her suffering as an indispensable element of the prophetic charism, he underlines its importance for the verification and authentication of Miriam's prophetic authority. According to the author, the prophetic charism of Miriam was shown by the hagiographer as instilling hope and consisted, among others, in 'conveying' her brethren from the visible into the invisible world, from the present into the future, and from the temporality toward the eternity.
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