Aaron, a-ha-RON, אַהֲרֹן
Aaron (Wikipedia)
This article is about Aaron the priest. For other uses, see Aaron (disambiguation).
Aaron (Kirillo-Belozersk).jpg
Russian icon of Aaron from the 17th Century.
Prophet, High Priest
Venerated in Judaism
Feast The Sunday before Nativity (Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Old Testament) (Eastern Orthodox Church)
Maronite Church: September 4

In the Hebrew Bible, Aaron (Hebrew: אַהֲרֹן; /ˈærən/ or /ˈɛərən/) was the elder brother of Moses and a Prophet of God. Islamic literature, however, treats Aaron as being junior to Moses, besides a Prophet of God.

Knowledge of Aaron, along with his brother Moses, comes exclusively from religious texts, such as the Bible and Qur’an. The Hebrew Bible relates that, unlike Moses, who grew up in the Egyptian royal court, Aaron and his elder sister Miriam remained with their kinsmen in the eastern border-land of Egypt (Goshen). When Moses first confronted the Egyptian king about the Israelites, Aaron served as his brother's spokesman ("prophet") to Pharaoh. Part of the Law (Torah) that Moses received from God at Sinai granted Aaron the priesthood for himself and his male descendants, and he became the first High Priest of the Israelites. Aaron died before the Israelites crossed the North Jordan river and he was buried on Mount Hor (Numbers 33:39; Deuteronomy 10:6 says he died and was buried at Moserah). Aaron is also mentioned in the New Testament of the Bible.

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