Zipporah, Wife of Moses
By Marek Halter
(Broadway Books, Paperback, 9781400052806, 288pp.)
Publication Date: April 25, 2006
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From the internationally bestselling author of Sarah comes the riveting story of the remarkable woman who walked beside Moses.
Although she is a Cushite by birth—one of the people of the lands to the south—Zipporah grew up as the beloved daughter of Jethro, high priest and sage of the Midianites. But the color of Zipporah’s skin sets her apart, making her an outsider to the men of her adopted tribe, who do not want her as a wife. Then one day while drawing water from a well, she meets a handsome young stranger. Like her, he is an outsider. A Hebrew raised in the house of the Egyptian Pharaoh, Moses is a fugitive, forced to flee his homeland. Zipporah realizes that this man will be the husband and partner she never thought she would have.
Moses wants nothing more than a peaceful life with the Midianites, but Zipporah won’t let Moses forget his past—or turn away from his true destiny.
She refuses to marry him until he returns to Egypt to free his people. When God reveals himself to Moses in a burning bush, his words echo Zipporah’s, and Moses returns to Egypt with his passionate and generous wife 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.
Look for the Reader’s Group Guide at the back of this book.
Also available as an ebook
Marek Halter was born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1936. During World War II, his family escaped the Warsaw Ghetto and eventually settled in France. He is the author of several critically acclaimed bestselling novels, including Sarah, the first of the Canaan trilogy, and Lilah, the concluding one.
Praise for Sarah, the first book in Marek Halter’s Canaan Trilogy
“A worthy heiress to Anita Diamant’s bestseller The Red Tent, and an entertaining read, with a heroine who uses both her brains and her femininity to astonishing effect.” —Atlanta Journal-Constitution