Zipporah, Wife of Moses (Canaan, #2)
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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...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 25th 2006 by Broadway Books (first published March 1st 2004)
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L.M. Ironside
Well, I said in my review of Sarah that I'd read the rest of the Canaan Trilogy books (actually, I'm listening to them as audiobooks.) But I might renounce that vow after reading Zipporah, and let the final one remain a mystery to me.

As with my review of Sarah, it's not possible to explore all the problems I had with this book in a spoiler-free way, so this review is rife with spoilers. If you cannot abide a spoiler, stop reading now.

Zipporah's biggest saving grace is that it's a short book. A...more
Debbie
"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 Histor...more
Annika
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...more
Louise
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...more
Julie
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...more
Jean Marie
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...more
Dora Okeyo
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.

Sto...more
Jennifer
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
Margaret Klein
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
Jess
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...more
Adrienna
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...more
Karen
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...more
Carol
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
Julia
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...more
Jan
"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
kim
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...more
Cwinter
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
Donna
OK, I am a big fan of historical fiction but not a big fan of the bible (or religion for that matter) and I don't mean to offend anyone but I am agnostic by choice and I gotta admit, I did really enjoy this story. It is what the title is. It is about the wife of Moses and her journey in being his wife along with her journey with him to Egypt. It was very intriguing and I read it only because I needed a Z book to finish off my ABC title challenge. I never would have read this book but I am glad I...more
Joan
There are a couple of snippets in the Old Testament that mention Zipporah, the wife of Moses. Their sons are mentioned along with her role in the circumcision of their youngest boy, Eliezer. From these brief mentions, and perhaps other writings a remarkable story is told about the 'rest of the story'. I first heard some of this tale when it was presented on Books Radio. Intrigued, I borrowed it from the library and have fit it in around the others things that I am reading for various book clubs....more
Sharon
Wonderful story of a strong, beautiful woman and her path to becoming Moses' wife. She is the favored daughter of Jethro, and wise as her father.

She is originally from Cush (Ethopia) and she grows up in the land of Midian (area around the countries now called Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia).

We have much to learn from our sisters who lived during these times. The family of Jethro is a wealthy household with many handmaids and servants. Jethro is the sage of the king, and is respected in the area.

I lo...more
Judy
This was the best of the Canaan Trilogy. He took some creative trips in his imagination. How she became a Cushite rather than a Midionite, I'm not sure and one of their sons had descendants so their deaths were fiction. However she was a strong woman who had been taught well by her father because she knew how to save Moses from death as they traveled to Egypt.Jethro's wisdom was also evident in the character created by the author. Miriam and Aaron are fitting for their later actions as recorded...more
Elyndrical
I like Marek Halter's Canaan series precisely because he doesn't go down the most expected path. For some people this might be a disappointment, but I enjoyed how these figures were humanised.
Zipporah is no exception; the majority of the book explores the relationship betweeen Moses and Zipporah, not Moses' mission to Egypt.
I enjoy Halter's writing style, I find it calm but not dull. The detail is enough to envisage the scene but not dull the imagination. I enjoyed the character of Zipporah, st...more
Toni
I enjoyed this book. I tried to read Sarah but just couldn't get into it and stopped reading. Zipporah, however, was a good read. The story is fictional in it's details but i think the overall basic foundation is consistent with the Bible story.
Lisa
I appreciate that it is strange to say this book is less than accurate but it mixes historical Egyptian into the story even though they were thought to live at entirely different times.
The writing is simplistic and doesn't capture the energy of what is a really interesting tale.
ScarlettWolf
I greatly loved how this book told the story in such a way that it did not feel as if it was imposing on the reader. I mean to say that it has the connection to the bile and religion but not such in a way that it would be loud or in your face as some other books may be.
Kay
I read his first book of Canaan Trilogy, Sarah, several years ago and really liked the biblical history. This one was just as well written and the characters in the story came alive as you read it. I can hardly wait to read the last of the three, Lilah.
karen reyes
Interesting story about Cush wife of Moses, Zipporah. I like stories like this one because they give me a gleam into what life was like thousands of years ago, and how humanity dealt with pain, tradition, love and family. This particular story emphasizes the power of one woman, Zipporah. She was a critical force in Moses' life, encouraging him to travel to his people in Egypt, to begin the exodus of the Jewish slaves. Zipporah is a black gentile who uses what she knows about challenge and oppres...more
Joie Frost
Wow, never thought I would look at Moses and Zipporah this way. This book really brought their life to life. Although, a little of the book is not completely biblically accurate, it still enjoyed it.
Carrie Adair
Apr 21, 2014 Carrie Adair rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes religious fiction
This is the only book I’ve seen that gives Zipporah’s perspective. It is pretty accurate, biblically. The author also seems to be keeping up with what’s in the Book of Mormon, but that is only judging from one of the quotes at the very beginning of the book (which is clearly stated).

It was a very good and entertaining book. Some may dislike some of the sex scenes (there are a handful of them), but it’s not really that graphic or detailed. I’m glad to have read it, but I think it could have been...more
Alcornell
Jul 05, 2009 Alcornell rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: hist. fictn and old testament lovers
Lovely writing, heart-rending story. Easy read. Brought Moses and Zipporah to life unlike anything I've read before. This author clearly brings scholarship and great heart to his work. I may read this again. When I finished the book, I pondered and thought, grieved, and marveled in admiration of this woman and Moses. Then I reviewed my timeline of biblical events, and found conflicts between sources in their accounts of who lived when and who was related to whom. The whole story became more inte...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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