The “Cushite” wife of Moses


I studied the Dead Sea Scrolls in depth in the 1970s and have kept up with developments and new theories to some extent. But it is time to reeducate myself. So I am beginning a book project on The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls: Their Significance For Understanding the Bible, Judaism, Jesus, and Christianity by James VanderKam.

It will take me a day or so to get going.

In the meantime I offer what I hope is a thought-provoking look at a Bible mystery.

According to the Bible Moses, after he fled from Egypt, married the daughter of a priest of Midian. Her name was Zipporah and by her he had one or two sons. In no narrative or genealogy, with one exception, is it implied that Moses had another wife.

The exception is Numbers 12;1. According to the NRSV this reads:

Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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