Nearly a decade ago, I was approached by a worker in my building, who asked me what I knew about Miriam. His Sunday school class was studying the story of the Exodus, and he wanted to be able to contribute to the discussion. Knowing that I taught college courses in biblical studies, he hoped that I would be able to recommend something for him to read that would be comprehensive and up to date. He was not interested in a strongly theological statement. Just the facts. That is, just the latest information about a biblical woman by people who were experts in the study of such figures.