Zipporah

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Zipporah or Tzipora (צִפּוֹרָה "Bird", Standard Hebrew Ẓippora, Tiberian Hebrew Ṣipp˘rāh), mentioned in the Book of Exodus, is Moses's wife.

Moses meets Zipporah when fleeing from Egypt. Her father is Jethro, a priest of Midian. Zipporah and Moses have two sons, Gershom and Eliezer.

Zipporah features in a puzzling and much-debated passage: At one point, as Moses is returning to Egypt to confront Pharaoh, Zipporah saves Moses's life. God is prepared to kill Moses, apparently because his firstborn son Gershom had not been circumcised, so Zipporah performs the circumcision and touched Moses's feet with the foreskin, saying, "Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me." God then spares Moses.

It is clear that Zipporah is the Cushite (i.e. black) wife that Moses had married according to the Book of Numbers. Jewish tradition holds the two to be identical, but much modern interpretation generally does not. This is due to the modern Eurocentric bias that psychologically (often subconsciously) reinforces the unsubstantiated belief that Black Africans had not played a positive and meaningful role in the Bible.

She is buried in the Tomb of the Matriarchs in Tiberias.

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