How Many Wives Did Moses Have?


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While not all Biblical scholars agree, the majority contend Moses had two wives. The first, Zipporah, was a Midianite woman, while the second, whose name is unknown, may have been Ethiopian.

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The Old Testament Book of Exodus identifies the first wife of Moses as the daughter of Jethro, a Midianite priest. It indicates the two had two sons together before Moses sent Zipporah and the children away just prior to the Exodus from Egypt. While Moses later reunites with his family, he may have married a "Cushite," or Ethiopian woman during the interim. Although some scholars claim that references to a "Cushite" woman were made toward Zipporah, who was not Hebrew, others say it referred to the second wife, whose name was never mentioned in the Bible.

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