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Zippora (The Canaan Trilogy #2)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  2,722 Ratings  ·  215 Reviews
More than three thousand years ago, a black child was found on the shore of the Red Sea. She was given the name Zipporah, 'the bird'. But because of the colour of her skin, her fate was sealed: in the tribal lands where she lived, no man would want her as a wife. But one day, as she was drawing water at a well, Zipporah met a man like no other she'd met before. An outcast ...more
Paperback, 369 pages
Published May 2nd 2005 by Bantam (first published 2003)
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Jan 21, 2014 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
Aug 24, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jean Marie
Mar 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblical
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
Jun 21, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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May 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.

Feb 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nije loša knjiga ali nije me oduševila kao prethodna od Halter- Sarah - boginja i robinja.
"Ljudi su lude i sporo uče."
"Ko će pamtiti Seforu, crnu ženu iz plemena Kušita? Ko će se sećati onog što je ona postigla? Ko će se sećati njenog imena? Neka ova knjiga bude njena skromna grobnica."
This was an interesting look at a highly unexplored character in Biblical realms. Zipporah has always interested me because she is mentioned in the Bible but her story is never explored or explained. I can't say that I believe that everything that is found in this book is the truth but I appreciate the attempt to fill in the blanks. This book was okay but it's probably not one that I'll read again.
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jewish
Marek Halter’s romance novel Zipporah Wife of Moses is set in biblical Midian. This is a hot desert area where the little known characters of Moses’s wife and children existed. The message of race relations is conveyed. If you enjoy reading passionate stories about minor players in the Torah then you will enjoy this book.
Alma Guevara
"Los esclavos son esclavos en su corazón tanto como en su cuerpo. Necesitarán tiempo para alejarse del látigo del faraón, pero también para liberarse de las cuerdas que han atado a su mente."
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love-story
I would not read again. It was loosely based on fact. Moses was a Prophet of God and to write certain things disregarding He was from God is disrespectful to me.
Was pretty good book, but not great.
Dec 23, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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
May 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Book club read, book 41, April 2010. I did not read this yet.
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 25, 2016 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
Jul 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Jul 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: retellings
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
Aug 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cpb
really interesting how it brought to life the lives of the holy people
Jun 17, 2009 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
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Canaan Trilogy (3 books)
  • Sarah (Canaan, #1)
  • Lilah (Canaan, #3)
“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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