Who was bithiah in the bible

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The Pharaohs Daughter by Mesu Andrews

“Fear is the most fertile ground for faith.”

 “You will be called Anippe, daughter of the Nile. Do you like it?” Without waiting for a reply, she pulls me into her squishy, round tummy for a hug.
I’m trying not to cry. Pharaoh’s daughters don’t cry.
When we make our way down the tiled hall, I try to stop at ummi Kiya’s chamber. I know her spirit has flown yet I long for one more moment. Amenia pushes me past so I keep walking and don’t look back.
Like the waters of the Nile, I will flow.
Anippe has grown up in the shadows of Egypt’s good god Pharaoh, aware that Anubis, god of the afterlife, may take her or her siblings at any moment. She watched him snatch her mother and infant brother during childbirth, a moment which awakens in her a terrible dread of ever bearing a child. Now she is to be become the bride of Sebak, a kind but quick-tempered Captain of Pharaoh Tut’s army. In order to provide Sebak the heir he deserves and yet protect herself from the underworld gods, Anippe must launch a series of deceptions, even involving the Hebrew midwives—women ordered by Tut to drown the sons of their own people in the Nile.
     When she finds a baby floating in a basket on the great river, Anippe believes Egypt’s gods have answered her pleas, entrenching her more deeply in deception and placing her and her son Mehy, whom handmaiden Miriam calls Moses, in mortal danger.
  As bloodshed and savage politics shift the balance of power in Egypt, the gods reveal their fickle natures and Anippe wonders if her son, a boy of Hebrew blood, could one day become king. Or does the god of her Hebrew servants, the one they call El Shaddai, have a different plan—for them all?
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The Story of Batyah (Bithiah)

In the Midrash Lev. Daughter of Pharaoh; identified in the Midrash with Moses' foster-mother. Bithiah is also identified with "his wife Jehudijah," mentioned in the same verse I Chron. The names of the men whom "she bare," which are enumerated in that verse, are taken to be different designations for Moses compare Moses in Rabbinical Literature , Bithiah being represented as Moses' mother in the passage, because the person who rears an orphan is regarded as the veritable parent. Mered, whom Bithiah subsequently "took," was Caleb, who was called Mered "rebellion" because, as she rebelled against her father and her family, so did Caleb "rebel" when he refused to follow the evil counsels of the spies l.

Though some variations of her story exist, the general consensus among Jews , Christians , and Muslims is that she is the adoptive mother of the prophet Moses , who saved him from certain death from both the Nile river in the Finding of Moses , and at the hands of Pharaoh , who had decreed all newborn male Hebrews be put to death. As she ensured the well-being of Moses, she played an essential role in lifting the Hebrew slaves out of bondage in Egypt, their journey to the Promised Land , and the establishment of the Ten Commandments. The passage describes her discovery of the Hebrew child, Moses, in the rushes of the Nile River and her willful defiance of her father's orders that all male Hebrew children be slain, instead taking the child, whom she knows to be Hebrew, and raising him as her own son. The Talmud and the Midrash Vayosha provide some additional backstory to the event, saying that she had visited the Nile that morning not to bathe for the purpose of hygiene but for ritual purification , treating the river as if it were a mikveh , as she had grown tired of people's idolatrous ways, and that she first sought to nurse Moses herself but he would not take her milk and so, she called for a Hebrew wet nurse , who so happened to be Moses' biological mother, Jochebed. It also describes an encounter with the archangel Gabriel , who kills two of her handmaidens for trying to dissuade her from rescuing Moses.

In the book of Exodus the daughter of Pharaoh who rescued Moses is not named. A daughter of Pharaoh named Bithiah is mentioned in I Chronicles The Midrash identifies the two as the same person, and says she received her name, literally "daughter of Yah", because of her compassion and pity in saving the infant Moses. The Midrash also portrays her as a pious and devoted woman, who would bathe in The Nile to cleanse herself of the impurity of idolatrous Egypt. She is mentioned in I Chronicles , as being the wife of Mered from the tribe of Judah, who is identified in The Midrash as being Caleb, one of the 12 spies. The Midrash in Exodus Rabbah also records that she was not affected by The 10 Plagues and her son was the only firstborn of Egypt to survive the final plague. In the Hadith, Bithiah is known as Asiya, one of four of "the best of women".

Pharoah's daughter is a central, albeit minor, figure in Abrahamic religions, first appearing in . This is in stark contrast to the Biblical telling of the story, as Bithiah had forsaken the gods of Egypt when she happened upon Moses and so, she.
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The name of her father is not in the Bible, but Rabbinic Midrash makes her the daughter of one of the Pharaohs of the Exodus. Bithiah, daughter of Pharaoh rescued Moses, Islamic tradition has her as "one of the four best women", Jewish Tradition Bithiah has highest honors in the Garden of Eden. The midrash asserts that Bithiah did not die, but was among those who entered the Garden of Eden while still alive. She was so privileged because she cared for Moses i. The Bible and Midrash assert that she was the foster mother of Moses, having drawn him from the Nile and bestowed upon him his name Exodus In Jewish tradition, she was exiled by the Pharaoh for bringing Moses the Levite into the house of Pharaoh and claiming him as her own child. She radiated warmth and loved him as if he were her own son, and accordingly was richly rewarded: she married Caleb son of Jephunneh and joined the people of Israel.

She was highly praised by the Rabbis, and the A type of non-halakhic literary activitiy of the Rabbis for interpreting non-legal material according to special principles of interpretation hermeneutical rules. Eisenstein], p. The midrash specifically praised the daughter of Pharaoh for her rescue of Moses, thereby aiding in the exodus of all the Israelites from Egypt. Moses was raised in her home, by a woman who believed in God. She radiated warmth and loved him as if he were her own son, and accordingly was richly rewarded: she married Caleb son of Jephunneh and joined the people of Israel.

Determining right from wrong is something with which we are constantly challenged throughout our lives. And once she does, she is then referred to by her true name, Batyah. Two of these women, Batyah and Rachav , were women who converted to Judaism as adults. Both came from cultures—indeed, from families—steeped in idolatry and licentiousness, yet each managed to see past the lives they were born into, recognize holiness and embrace it. In the dark, everything loses its proper form, its proper place. It is easy to get lost and confused. And yet, when we know that following the night will come the day, that right after the dark there will be light, we are not only not scared of it but are able to face it and work through it, confident that in time the truth will show itself.


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