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Aaron

AARON (âr'ŭn, Heb. ’ahărôn, meaning uncertain). The oldest son of Amram and Jochebed, of the tribe of Levi, and brother of Moses and Miriam (Exod.6.2; Num.26.59). He was born during the captivity in Egypt, before Pharaoh’s edict that all male infants should be destroyed, and was three years older than Moses (Exod.7.7). His name first appears in God’s commission to Moses. When Moses protested that he did not have sufficient ability in public speaking to undertake the mission to Pharaoh, God declared that Aaron should be spokesman for his brother (Exod.4.10-Exod.4.16). So Aaron met Moses at “the mountain of God” (Exod.4.27) after forty years’ separation, and took him back to the family home in Goshen. Aaron introduced him to the elders of the people and persuaded them to accept him as their leader. Together Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh’s court, where they carried on the negotiations that finally brought an end to the oppression of the Israelites and precipitated the Exodus from Egypt.