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Zipporah, Wife of Moses (The Canaan Trilogy #2)

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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 th
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 25th 2006 by Broadway Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Jan 26, 2014 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"You are my garden, my myrrh and honey, my nightly tonic, my black dove.
Oh Zipporah, you are my love and the words that save me."

A wonderful story of blind love, romance, passion and destiny's bittersweet fulfillment.

This is only the second book I've read by author Marek Halter and I must say, I'm extremely impressed. What an artful and romantic way he has with words.
The mention of Moses wife Zipporah in the Bible is actually so few I think it can be counted on one hand. Of course, the Histo
Jean Marie
Apr 20, 2011 Jean Marie rated it really liked it
Really 4 1/2 stars.

I have a soft spot for anything Moses related, which I blame on my being raised on the yearly television showing of The Ten Commandments which I've always loved for it's pagentry and drama, and there really isn't anything more beautiful than old school technicolor.

I read Halter's first book of the Canaan Trilogy, Sarah, about a year ago and really enjoyed it. Halter has a great way of saying just enough which is probably why his novels are rather short but completely satisfy
Sep 23, 2009 Annika rated it did not like it
I was hoping this book would be more like "The Red Tent" by Anita Diamont, who took a few lines from the Bible about Dinah (the only daughter of Jacob) and created an entire fiction story about her, using the known culture and traditions of that time. I loved that book.

But this book...I didn't even finish it. I felt the author was showing me a story, instead of telling me a story. I felt the blurb written in the jacket told me more than the author did, and with more emotion. What relationships b
Jun 21, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was ok
A fictionalized account of Zipporah's life. For me, it was just OK. I knew it was fiction, but it still bothered me when the author took liberties with Biblical (read historical) text. In terms of imagining what life would have been like for these nomadic people, it was fairly interesting. The writing was a bit awkward, and very repetitive. For instance, after the author establishes that Zipporah is a Cushite woman, and black, I think it would be OK for it to be assumed and not brought up nearly ...more
May 24, 2010 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, fiction
This book was much better than Sarah, the first book in the Canaan Trilogy. Zipporah was a much more sympathetic character than Sarah, and Moses more so than Abraham.

Zipporah was a proud woman who knew her destiny with a defiant certainty. She knew her role besides Moses, even before they had met. Their courtship is passionate (apparently Moses was a sexy thing) and Moses is accepted into Zipporah's family with great trust and love. Her father, Jethro, is a wise and influential figure throughou
Jul 31, 2014 Louise rated it really liked it
Old Testament women certainly deserve biographies, but with information so scanty their stories will have to be imagined in fiction. Marek Halter makes a good try.

He speculates that as adoptees, Zipporah and Moses were attracted, or maybe fated. He also poses that Jethro, Zipporah's father belies the patrifocal stereotypes of desert patriarchs.

Halter illustrates Jethro's caring for his blood and adopted daughters by Jethro's allowing them to chose their husbands and a lack of any mention of payi
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Jan 12, 2010 Adrienna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: borrowed-book
I may not believe all his biblical/historical accounts with this story, however, the writing is brilliant and keeps me reading in one to two sittings.

I love this line, "She is the seed of my future life." I take the sentences and phrases seriously (maybe because I am a writer). I enjoy reading historical/romance fiction when it gives the reader modern terms and speeches that was a time before Christ. I would love to tackle on such a style of writing that also requires research and flow of chara
Jul 21, 2012 Julia rated it really liked it
This is a biblical, historical novel that brings to life the story of Zipporah, a black skinned Cushite woman who became the wife of Moses, the Israelite.

I realize that the author has taken liberties of filling in the gaps in the story of Moses from the Bible. I think that is O.K. in order to bring new meaning and understanding to some of the old stories of faith. Halter portrays Zipporah as a very strong and supportive wife to Moses and encourages and even pushes him to listen to Yahweh's direc
Dora Okeyo
Jan 25, 2013 Dora Okeyo rated it liked it
I liked: Zipporah's determination to see Moses fulfill his quest.
I did not like: How much Miriam and Aaron treated her like she was not one of them, yet she had brought Moses to them with the hope of saving the Israelites from Egypt.
I admired: Jethro's (Zipporah's Father) courage and wisdon. He had three daughters and Zipporah was adopted and dark skinned, but he loved her most and treated them equally and stood by her even when her most cruel sister-Orma did not want anything to do with her.

Jul 06, 2016 Excedente rated it it was amazing
Définitivement mon tome préférée, un personnage très attachant et surtout intellectuellement intéressant. Je ne peux que conseiller la lecture de cette œuvre. (Je fais de mini résumé en ce moment xD J'arrive pas trop à argumenter et c'est pas cool).
A quick read. Not one of the best biblical bio-novels I've read. It felt a little on the simplistic/shallow side as far as the writing & structure goes. I did learn aspects of the Moses story that were new to me. Can't recall actually knowing about Moses having a black (Cushite) wife. Interesting. And guess I wasn't up on current thinking re the pharaoh of the exodus and the idea that Moses' foster mother might, in fact, have been Hatshepsut. Must now read the newish biography of same The Wo ...more
Jul 17, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it
While Sarah was beautiful and bitter, Zipporah is strong-willed, outspoken and brave - and an outcast, among most, for her black skin. I confess, the majority of what I know of the story of Moses comes from the Ten Commandments with Charlton Heston and Prince of Egypt. In both movie instances, Moses is portrayed as the handsome hero, fighting for justice, single-mindedly setting out the task God lays before him, a Biblical superhero, if you will. What these two books by Marek Halter have impress ...more
May 26, 2016 Hami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vous connaissez Tsippora ?
L'épouse noire de Moïse, fille adoptive de Jehtro, le sage.
Tsippora en 3 mots : forte, intelligente et amoureuse.
Dans ce roman, Marek Halter nous fait découvrir l'histoire d'amour mais compliquée bien avant le grand saut soit la libération des esclaves hébreux en Égypte. On connait tous l'histoire donc pas besoin de revenir sur ça même si l'auteur l'intègre dans le roman. De toute façon, il est juste impossible de passer outre. Marek halter nous dévoile cette magnifiq
Dec 30, 2015 Lilly rated it did not like it
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Aug 03, 2015 Charlène rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En conclusion, ce deuxième tome est dans la digne lignée du premier, on y découvre une nouvelle femme assez mise dans l’ombre dans l’histoire originale mais qui semble avoir joué un rôle très important auprès de Moïse. C’est un de ces personnages que l’on a envie de prendre pour modèle, parce qu’elle traverse les épreuves non pas sans baisser la tête ni sans cicatrices, mais parce qu’elle semble en tirer une force incroyable. J’ai énormément apprécié cette plongée auprès de Tsippora et Moïse :
Apr 21, 2015 Grace rated it really liked it
This is an excellent work of fiction based on a historical character(s) from the Bible. I only wish we could know more about who these people were in real life! This story is creative, passionate, beautiful and so descriptive. I have never traveled to Egyptian lands and so the descriptions of the heat, the sand, the oasis and the thirst are captivating! It's good to think of Moses and Zipporah as real people, with real needs and wants. It's good to imagine how their humanness responds to God's v ...more
Teresa Thompson Arcangel
I listened to the audio edition of this book, narrated by Bernadette Dunne. This story held my attention better than "Sarah", the first book in "The Canaan Trilogy". I liked the characters better too, especially Jethro. One flaw that had me complaining out loud to myself - every two or three minutes I was reminded that Ziporrah had dark or black skin, and that this was a problem for her. It was so annoying for the author to constantly bring this up! Did Mr. Halter never notice the dark skin and ...more
Lex Lewicki
It was okay is definitely an accurate description of this novel. I struggled to finish this book and afterward went back to the chapter in the Bible where she is mentioned to find 3 lines that form the bones for this book. They are very weak bones and prone to snapping. I certainly wasn't expecting sex this book, not that I mind, since I read romance but I found it very clinical and could not see why they bothered. Supposedly they were in love but I just didn't care. Unlike The Red Tent in which ...more
Feb 25, 2016 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
A somewhat disappointing and yet strangely refreshing take on my favorite Biblical story, The Exodus. Refreshing, because it's rare to find these stories in the women's perspective; disappointing, because.... well.... I guess after reading some of the reviews, I was expecting a stronger narrative, let alone romance...

Speaking as a bit of a romantic, and someone who's read numerous of romantic plots in novels, from classics to fantasy, the way the author interpreted Moses and Zipporah's budding
Margaret Klein
May 19, 2014 Margaret Klein rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
I read this book for a second time, which I rarely do (how can you--there is always so much new to read!). I enjoyed it both times. It is essentially a modern Midrash, a Biblical commentary, told from the point of view of Moses's Cushite wife Zipporah. It is in the style of The Red Tent. This book is imaginative and well researched, although I think I would enjoy a novel with footnotes! I reread this book because I am fascinated with the character of Zipporah. She is this black adopted daughter ...more
Jul 31, 2016 Nicole rated it really liked it
This book was great and very interesting.

I was legitimately surprised to see them place this book during Hatshepsut's time (I'm so used to seeing every version based in a Ramses period), but it added an interesting new layer to the story. It not only gave us a really strong adopted mother, but made Moses being willing to count so much on Zipporah even more believable.

On that note, I was glad I didn't have to read a book that was full of shaming Zipporah for being unmarried. That was nice, sinc
Jul 21, 2016 Lindsey rated it really liked it
I just finished reading Zipporah, Wife of Moses by Marek Halter. The book tells the story of a woman mentioned once in The Bible, Zipporah. She was the adopted daughter of a man named, Jethro. And though her family had light skin, she was black. One night she dreamed of Moses and saw God's purpose for him. When, she met him in person, they became companions. And, though she bore his children, she refused to marry him until he saw and believed God's plan for him and returned to Egypt to free his ...more
Nov 01, 2014 Laura rated it it was amazing
Zipporah, a Cushite by birth grew up as the beloved daughter adopted daughter of Jethro the high priest of the Midianites. She was the brown sugar in his family but one that he truly loved and enjoyed conversations of various matters. Into this country came Moses who was fleeing from Egypt and had traveled over the mountains and met her and her sisters at the watering place. In today’s world we would say it was love at first sight. The story goes on to say that she had two children by Moses but ...more
Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈
This is on the lower end of three stars. Actually probably more of a 2.5.

This one disappointed me. I did really like Sarah. and Zipporah is actually a much more likeable character than Sarah. I dunno. This one was just boring. And inaccurate. Maybe inaccurate is the wrong word. I think I mean contrived.

In Sarah, I really enjoyed the way that Halter wove fiction into the story of Abram and Sarai. I thought the story flowed well and the characters were really well-depicted, interesting, and true t
Jan 05, 2011 Karen rated it liked it
Shelves: ancient-history
We don’t know a lot about Zipporah from the Bible, so this story of her life is mostly fiction, but it gives a good look at life thousands of years ago. Zipporah, a black Cushite woman is adopted by Jethro, a wealthy, influential Midianite. Because she looks different than her sisters and her neighbors, she feels she is an outsider and will never marry. She meets Moses, who is also an outsider who has fled Egypt and the rest , as they say, is history.

Moses really wants to just enjoy the peacefu
Oct 25, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it
Jethro who is the high priest of the Midianites, rescues an infant from the Red Sea, & he names her Zipporah and she is raised as his "beloved daughter" despite his having two other daughters. Since she is not of the tribe and her "dark" skin sets her apart, no man wants her for his wife. Yet at the town's well, Zipporah meets a stranger, a tormented young man seeking sanctuary, and feels a kinship with him. Like her, he does not really belong. His name is Moses who finds a place of peace am ...more
Oct 14, 2011 Alpha rated it liked it
"This is the second novel in the Canaan Trilogy by Marek Halter and it delivers to the extent of what it is supposed to be but is not as magical per se compared to the first novel written by Halter when it comes to this trilogy. Despite the little bit of the loss on magic, this novel is still good and goes through the story of Zipporah, the wife of Moses who was an outcast in the world she lived in. She is a member of the Cush tribe which were darker women but she nevertheless delivered her purp ...more
Jun 17, 2009 kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book.....disappointing ending.

I enjoyed this book, though at times it 'dragged' a little. Obviously it is only very loosely based on the Bible. It is an imaginative work. I'd read the other reviews before I read the book and went in expecting to be disappointed. It is true that I did not find it as good as Sarah, but it was still an enjoyable book for me. Though there was some 'racism' in the book, I didn't find this to be as large a factor in the book as I'd been led to believe by the revi
Jul 27, 2008 Cwinter rated it liked it
This is the story of Moses' wife as extrapolated from the gaps in the biblical/Torah story. as is the case in all stories about women in the bible - and most cases of the men - real personal details are sparse, giving a great eal of room for imagination. he weaves a believable tale of a strong woman, he has thinned out Moses in order to do that. I am not a staunch defender of biblical heroes, but I find it thin when authors need to make men paler and weaker in order to make the women they are in ...more
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Marek Halter was born in Poland in 1936. During World War II, he and his parents narrowly escaped from the Warsaw ghetto. After a time in Russia and Uzbekistan, they emigrated to France in 1950. There Halter studied pantomime with Marcel Marceau and embarked on a career as a painter that led to several international exhibitions. In 1967, he founded the International Committee for a Negotiated Peac ...more
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“With all the wonders Moses was performing, there was one I did not think would ever come to pass: that we would finally be reunited. That I would once again kiss his neck as I had loved to do. That I would see him clasp his sons to his breast.” 4 likes
“Now you know who I am. I haven't hidden anything from you. My soul is as naked as my face."
She kept retreating, until her back hit the rock. "What about me?" she said. "Do you know who I am?"
"Jethro's daughter."
She laughed, and held out her arms and hands, their color blending into the darkness. "With skin like this? Do you really think so?"
Before she could react, he imprisoned her fingers and drew her to him. "You are Zipporah, the Cushite, the woman Moses saved from the hands of the shepherds and at the well of Irmna. You are the woman who always knows where to find me, the woman who brought me food without knowing who I was.”
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