Amram

AMRAM (ăm'răm, Heb. ’amrām, people exalted)

A descendant of Levi and of Kohath, and father of Aaron, Moses, and Miriam (Exod.6.18, Exod.6.20; Num.26.59; 1Chr.6.3).A son of Bani. He married a foreign wife during the Exile (Ezra.10.34).


AMRAM, AMRAMITES ăm’ răm, ăm’ rə mīts (עַמְרָ֣ם, the people or kinsman is exalted). 1. A Levite, son of Kohath (prob. in the sense of descendant), the husband of Jochebed, and father of Moses, Aaron, and Miriam (Exod 6:18, 20; Num 3:19; 26:59; 1 Chron 6:3). The Amramites, descended from him, had special duties in the wilderness Tabernacle.

2. A son of Bani who married a foreign wife in the time of Ezra (Ezra 10:34; 1 Esd 9:34).

3. AMRAM in KJV (1 Chron 1:41) should be HAMRAN as in RSV and ASV.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

(`amram, "people exalted"):

(1) Father of Aaron, Moses and Miriam (Ex 6:20; Nu 26:59; 1Ch 6:3; 23:13); and a son of Kohath, the son of Levi (Ex 6:18; Nu 3:19, etc.). It is not certain that he was literally the son of Kohath, but rather his descendant, since there were ten generations from Joseph to Joshua (1Ch 7:20-27), while only four are actually mentioned from Levi to Moses for the corresponding period. Moreover the Kohathites at the time of the Exodus numbered 8,600 (Nu 3:28), which would therefore have been an impossibility if only two generations had lived. It seems best to regard Amram as a descendant of Kohath, and his wife Jochebed as a "daughter of Levi" in a general sense.

(2) One of the Bani, who in the days of Ezra had taken a foreign wife (Ezr 10:34).

(3) In 1Ch 1:41 (the King James Version) for the properly read HAMRAN of the Revised Version (British and American) (chamran), a Horite, who in Ge 36:26 is called HEMDAN (which see).