What is the name of Moses wife?

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Question: What was the name of the wife of Moses? Did they have any children and if so how many? Can you give me a little background about them?

Answer: Before we get to the Moses wife let us take a short and compressed look at his life.

Moses' life as a Hebrew started in Egypt in 1525 B.C. when it was ruled by Amenhotep I. The Egyptian Pharaoh had commanded that all infant Hebrew boys be killed at their birth, but the Hebrew midwives feared God, and disobeyed his command.

When the mother of Moses could no longer hide him she laid him in a bulrush boat, and placed it in the reeds along the shore, where an Egyptian princess found him, and wanted him for herself. Then comes his sister Miriam. She asked if the princess wanted a Hebrew nurse for the child, and upon a positive response, returned him to his mother. In those days a nurse reared her ward for several years, so his real mother had time to teach him the things of God. The princess named him Moses meaning 'drawn from the water' (Exodus 1:7 - 2:10).

When he was about 40 years old (1485 B.C.) he saw an Egyptian taskmaster beating a Hebrew. He was so angry at what he saw that he killed and buried the taskmaster in the sand. Unfortunately the murder was witnessed so, as a fugitive, he fled to Midian, where he would live as a herdsman for 40 years. It is in Midian that he met his future wife Zipporah, who was the daughter of a Midianite priest named Jethro. After they were married they had two sons, Eliezer and Gershom (Exodus 2:11 - 22, see also 18:3 - 4). Nothing else seems to be known about their children except that they were eventually married and had children.

Next comes the famous burning bush event, and God's command that Moses return to Egypt. He, and his brother Aaron, were to convince the Pharaoh to let the Hebrews -- now known as the children of Israel -- go free (Exodus 2:23 - 4:17). They were lead out of Egyptian slavery in 1445 B.C., but only after ten plagues came down upon Egypt. After the Exodus, instead of entering the land of Canaan, the children of Israel are made to wander the wilderness for forty years because of their sins (Deuteronomy 8:2). After this period Joshua leads the tribes of Israel into the promised land in 1405 B.C.

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Moses has been variously described as a priest, a prophet, a poet, a military general, a historian, a leader, and the man of God (see title of Psalm 90). During the years of wandering the wilderness he writes what would become the first five books of the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy).

He was, at times, given to great anger (Exodus 32:19), and was even disobedient to God (Numbers 20:7 - 12). Despite all his problems and difficulties Moses was known as the meekest man who ever lived (Numbers 12:3). For his disobedience, however, he was not allowed to enter the promised land. He died in 1405 B.C. (120 years old) in the land of Moab, with God himself burying him where no one could find him. (Deuteronomy 34:1, 4 - 6).

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