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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature


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Zippor´ah (little bird), one of the seven daughters of Reuel (comp. Exodus 18), priest of Midian, who, in consequence of aid rendered to the young women when, on their going to procure water for their father's flocks, they were set on by a party of Bedouins, was given to Moses in marriage (, sq.). A son, the fruit of this union, remained for sometime after his birth uncircumcised, but an illness into which Moses fell in a khan when on his way to Pharaoh, being accounted a token of the divine displeasure, led to the circumcision of the child, when Zipporah, having it appears reluctantly yielded to the ceremony, exclaimed, 'Surely a bloody husband thou art to me' (). This event seems to have caused some alienation of feeling, for Moses sent his wife back to her father, by whom she is again brought to her husband while in the desert, when a reconciliation took place, which was ratified by religious rites (, sq.).





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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Zipporah'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature".

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