18 Facts About Aaron


Books of Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers maintain that Aaron received from God a monopoly over the priesthood for himself and his male descendants.

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The family of Aaron had the exclusive right and responsibility to make offerings on the altar to Yahweh.

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Aaron related to them God's detailed instructions for performing their duties while the rest of the Israelites listened.

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Aaron plays a leading role in several stories of conflicts during Israel's wilderness wanderings.

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Aaron escaped punishment for his role in the affair, because of the intercession of Moses according to Deuteronomy 9:20.

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For example, in rabbinic sources and in the Quran, Aaron was not the idol-maker and upon Moses' return begged his pardon because he felt mortally threatened by the Israelites.

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Aaron pleaded with Moses to intercede for her, and Miriam, after seven days' quarantine, was healed.

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The next morning, Aaron's rod was found to have budded and blossomed and produced ripe almonds.

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Aaron died on the summit of the mountain, and the people mourned for him thirty days.

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Aaron died on the 1st of Av and was 123 at the time of his death.

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Aaron married Elisheba, daughter of Amminadab and sister of Nahshon of the tribe of Judah.

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The sons of Aaron were Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar and Itamar; only the latter two had progeny.

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Again, mercy was personified in Aaron, according to Deuteronomy 33:8, and truth in Moses, according to Numbers 12:7.

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Aaron is commemorated with other Old Testament saints on the Sunday of the Holy Fathers, the Sunday before Christmas.

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Aaron is important in Islam for his role in the events of the Exodus, in which, according to the Quran and Islamic belief, he preached with his elder brother, Moses to the Pharaoh of the Exodus.

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Aaron appears paired with Moses frequently in Jewish and Christian art, especially in the illustrations of manuscript and printed Bibles.

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Aaron frequently holds a censer or, sometimes, his flowering rod.

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Aaron appears in scenes depicting the wilderness Tabernacle and its altar, as already in the third-century frescos in the synagogue at Dura-Europos in Syria.

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