Amram was mentioned in the Bible as one of the four sons of Kohath and the grandson of Levi. He was named first among his siblings followed by Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel. He is found on the Bible Timeline Poster at 1600 BC
He became the founder of the Amramites, a nation that belonged to the Kohathite clan who were responsible of looking after the holy treasures inside the sanctuary. His name is believed to have come from the Hebrew words “am” which means ‘a people’ and “rum” which means ‘to be high, rise up’. It could also be derived from the word “rum” that indicates ‘height’ which can be used in referring to arrogance or pride.
He was married to Jochebed and together they became the parents of Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. Amram and the Levite from Egypt, Jochebed were related by blood though their affinity was not that clear. Yet in the Book of Exodus, it is explicitly mentioned that Jochebed was the sister of Kohath thus making her the aunt of Amram.
Amram is further mentioned in the Talmud as the propagator of divorce when he divorced Jochebed after the Pharaoh gave an order that all the male children should be thrown into the river. Despite that he is believed to have lived such a completely sinless long life that his corpse was preserved as a sign of reward.
In the Book of Jubilees, he was named as one of the group of people who journeyed to Egypt to get the bones of his dead ancestors and buried it in the cave at Machpelah.
Amram was later changed to the Arabic name, Imran. According to the beliefs of the Muslims, there were two men bearing the name Imran in the Qur’an; one was Amram, the father of Moses and the other was Amram, the grandfather of Jesus through Mary. While in the Bible there are also two men having the name Amram; one was the legendary father of Moses, Aaron, and Miriam and the other was the Israelite man who wed and divorced a number of foreign women.
Amram died at age 137 years old in Egypt.
Amram as mentioned in the Bible
- Exodus 6:18, 1 Chronicles 6:2, 1 Chronicles 6:18, 1 Chronicles 23:12. Amram as one of the sons of Kohath along with Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel.
- Exodus 6:20. Amram who reached the age of 137 years old married his aunt named Jochebed and they became the parents of their two sons, Aaron and Moses.
- Numbers 3:19. Amram being a part of the Kohathite clan.
- Numbers 26:59. Amram got married to the Levite from Egypt named Jochebed who became the mother of his children, namely; Aaron, Moses, and Miriam.
- 1 Chronicles 6:3. Amram being the father of Aaron, Moses, and Miriam and the grandfather of Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar through Aaron.
- 1 Chronicles 24:20. Amram as the ancestor of Shubael and Jehdeiah.
- 1 Chronicles 26:23. The Amramites being related to the Izharites, the Hebronites, and the Uzzielites.
- Ezra 10:34. Amram as the descendant of Bani together with Maadai and Uel.