Zipporah, Wife of Moses

  • by Marek Halter
  • Narrated by Bernadette Dunne
  • 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the time of the Pharaoh, a tiny infant is rescued from the banks of the Red Sea. She is named Zipporah, "the little bird". Although she is a Cushite by birth, one of the black people of the lands to the south, she is taken in by Jethro, high priest and sage of the Midianites. Jethro adores his adopted daughter, and she is an honored member of his family. But the blackness of Zipporah's skin sets her apart and will decide her future: she will be an outsider, and the men of her adopted tribe will not want her as a wife. But when she becomes a young woman, Zipporah's destiny changes forever. While drawing water at a well one day, she meets a handsome young man, a stranger. Like her, he is an outsider, a foreigner. His name is Moses. A Hebrew raised in the house of the Pharaoh, Moses is a fugitive, forced to flee his homeland of Egypt after murdering one of the Pharaoh's cruel overseers. Zipporah knows almost immediately that this man will be the husband and partner she never thought she would have. At first Moses wants nothing more than a peaceful life with the Midianites. But Zipporah refuses to let Moses forget his past or turn away from what she believes to be his true destiny. Although he is the love of her life and the father of her children, Zipporah won't marry Moses until he agrees to return to Egypt to confront Pharaoh and free his people. When God reveals himself to Moses in the burning bush, his words echo Zipporah's, and Moses returns to Egypt with Zipporah by his side. A woman ahead of her time, Zipporah leaps from the pages of this remarkable novel. Bold, independent, and a true survivor, she is a captivating heroine, and her world of deserts, temples, and ancient wonders is a fitting backdrop to an epic tale.


What the Critics Say

"Halter includes many rich cultural details and plenty of steamy sex, and he strikes a balance on miraculous occurrences, offering plausible ideas for some while leaving others open to divine activity." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Surprised and Disappointed

I listened to the sample of this book and thought it would be a great opportunity to learn more about Zipporah the wife of Moses. I was surprised to learn that this is not a biblical account of Zipporah's life at all. I was disappointed since I found it in the religion and inspiration category of Audible books.
This author depicts Zipporah as the adopted daughter of Jethro she is a stubborn and controlling woman that gives birth to both of Moses sons outside of marriage without shame. Jethro is a strong and wise leader in the bible but is depicted as a simpleton that drinks too much and allows his daughters too many liberties in him home for that time period. Be warned there are sex scenes which may appear slightly graphic for a Christian read but they are very tastefully depicted. If you like fiction then this is an ok read but if you are looking for a true accounting of Zipporah's life this listener suggest that you stick with the bibles account for now and continue your search for a true accounting of this amazing woman that no doubt had to endure many things being black and the wife of Moses.
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- Sarah


Not at all Biblically accurate. So this was a disappointment. I felt the same way I did when reading a book about King David where it suggested he must have been gay and that Jonathan and he were lovers. Quite absurd! Little is known about Zipporah and I had hoped to learn more about Moses' wife through this one but it is a strange account with a lot of "literary license" used by this author.
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- Linda

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-15-2005
  • Publisher: Books on Tape