Zipporah (Zi-por´uh)

The wife of Moses and the mother of Gershom and Eliezer. She was one of the seven daughters of Reuel, priest of Midian (also known as Jethro). Zipporah appears in three narratives. In the first (Exod 2:16-22), Reuel offers to give Zipporah to Moses as his wife after Moses saves her and her sisters from some male shepherds. In the second (Exod 4:24-26) Zipporah saves Moses from God by circumcising her son and touching Moses’s feet with the foreskin. And, finally, the Bible reports that Zipporah and her sons stayed with Jethro in Midian when Moses went back to Egypt to lead the exodus; Jethro brought them to Moses when he came to meet Israel in the desert (Exod 18:2-5).

Exod 2:16-22

16The priest of Midian had seven daughters. They came to draw water, and filled the troughs to water their father's flock.17But some shepherds came and drove th ... View more

Exod 4:24-26

24On the way, at a place where they spent the night, the Lord met him and tried to kill him.25But Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son's foreskin, and touc ... View more

Exod 18:2-5

2After Moses had sent away his wife Zipporah, his father-in-law Jethro took her back,3along with her two sons. The name of the one was Gershom (for he said, “I ... View more

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