A character from the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. A Midiante woman, daughter of Zur, who married an Isrealite. She was killed by Phimechas with a spear along with her husband Zimri in order to stop divine judgement in the form of a plague. The plague was because of the intermarriage between the Midiante and Isrealite.

(koz' bi) HEBREW: KOZBI

Toward the end of their period of wandering in the wilderness, the Israelites stopped at a place called Shittim. There they began to intermarry with the people of the land and to worship the local god, Baal of Peor, so the "the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel" (Numbers 25:3). When Zimri brought the Midianite woman Cozbi into his household, Aaron's grandson Phinehas slew them both for this crime against the Lord "and made atonement for the people of Israel" (Numbers 25:13). Ironically, Cozbi was of the same tribe as Moses' wife Zipporah, the daughter of the Midianite priest who had befriended Moses when he was a fugitive.

{E2 Dictionary of Biblical People}

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