Zipporah

(fl. ?13th cent BCE)
   Israelite woman, wife of Moses. She was the daughter of Jethro, priest of Midian. She travelled to Egypt with Moses to plead with Pharoah for the release of the Israelites; on the journey she saved the life of her son Gershom by circumcising him (Exodus 4:24-26). She returned alone to her father, with her sons Gershom and Eliezer; Jethro later took them to rejoin Moses on Mount Sinai (Exodus 18:1).

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  • ZIPPORAH — (Heb. צִפּוֹרָה), wife of Moses. The name of Zipporah s father is variously given as Reuel (Ex. 2:18, 21) and jethro (18:2; cf. 3:1), priest of Midian. She was one of seven daughters (2:16). Zipporah bore Moses two sons, Gershom and Eliezer… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Zipporah — or Tzipora ( * …   Wikipedia

  • Zipporah — f Jewish: common female form of the rare Hebrew male name Zippor meaning ‘bird’. The female name is borne in the Bible by the wife of Moses and mother of Gershom and Eliezer (Exodus 18: 2–4) …   First names dictionary

  • Zipporah — noun a) The wife of Moses. And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter. b) of biblical origin …   Wiktionary

  • Zipporah — Wife of Moses, daughter of Reuel (Jethro), priest of Midian (Exod. 2:16–22). When Moses returned to Egypt to lead out the people of Israel in the Exodus, Zipporah and her sons stayed in Midian (Exod. 18:2–5) …   Dictionary of the Bible

  • Zipporah — /zi pawr euh, pohr euh, zip euhr euh/, n. the daughter of Jethro and the wife of Moses. Ex. 2:21. * * * …   Universalium

  • Zipporah —    A female bird. Reuel s daughter, who became the wife of Moses (Ex. 2:21). In consequence of the event recorded in Ex. 4:24 26, she and her two sons, Gershom and Eliezer, when so far on the way with Moses toward Egypt, were sent back by him to… …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • Zipporah — n. daughter of Jethro and the wife of Moses (Bible); female first name …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Zipporah — Zip•po•rah [[t]zɪˈpɔr ə, ˈpoʊr ə, ˈzɪp ər ə[/t]] n. bib the wife of Moses. Ex. 2:21 …   From formal English to slang

  • Zipporah — /zi pawr euh, pohr euh, zip euhr euh/, n. the daughter of Jethro and the wife of Moses. Ex. 2:21 …   Useful english dictionary

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