What was the name
of Moses wife?

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QUESTION: What was the name of Moses wife? How many children did he have? What background information can you give?

ANSWER: Before we get to the name of Moses' mate, let us take a short and compressed look at his life. He was born a Hebrew in Egypt in 1525 B.C. during the reign of 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 Moses' mother 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. A young woman asked if the princess wanted a Hebrew nurse for the child, and upon a positive response, returned Moses to his mother.

In those days, a nurse reared her ward for several years, so the child had time to learn the things of God. The princess named him Moses meaning 'drawn from the water' (Exodus 1:7 - 2:10).

When Moses was about 40 years old, 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 and make Zipporah, daughter of a Midianite priest, his wife. They had two sons, Gershom and Eliezer (Exodus 2:11 - 22, 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 he return to Egypt. He, and his brother Aaron, were to convince the pharaoh to let the Hebrews - now known as Israelites - go free (Exodus 2:23 - 4:17).

Eventually, the pharaoh complied, and Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt and slavery in 1445 B.C. 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 (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). For his disobedience, he was not allowed to enter the Promised Land. He died in 1405 B.C. in the land of Moab. God himself buried him in a valley in Moab.

"Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is across from Jericho.

"Then the Lord said to him, 'This is the land of which I swore to give Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, 'I will give it to your descendants.' I have caused you to see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.'

"So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord. And He buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth Peor; but no one knows his grave to this day." (Deuteronomy 34:1, 4 - 6)

Despite all his problems and difficulties with his family and with fellow Israelites, Moses was known as the meekest man who ever lived (Numbers 12:3).

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