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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,487 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marek Halter Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Canaan Trilogy Release Date:
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In the time of the Pharaoh, a tiny infant is rescued from the banks of the Red Sea. She is named Zipporah, “the little bird.” Although she is a Cushite by birth—one of the black people of the lands to the south—she is taken in by Jethro, high priest and sage of the Midianites. Jethro adores his adopted daughter, and she is an honored member of his family. But the blackness of Zipporah’s skin sets her apart and will decide her future: she will be an outsider, and the men of her adopted tribe will not want her as a wife. 

But when she becomes a young woman, Zipporah’s destiny changes forever. While drawing water at a well one day, she meets a handsome young man, a stranger. Like her, he is an outsider, a foreigner. His name is Moses. A Hebrew raised in the house of the Pharaoh, Moses is a fugitive, forced to flee his homeland of Egypt after murdering one of the Pharaoh’s cruel overseers. Zipporah knows almost immediately that this man will be the husband and partner she never thought she would have.

At first Moses wants nothing more than a peaceful life with the Midianites. He is content in his role as Zipporah’s lover and the honorary son of Jethro the sage. But Zipporah refuses to let Moses forget his past or turn away from what she believes to be his true destiny. Although he is the love of her life and the father of her children, Zipporah won’t marry Moses until he agrees to return to Egypt to confront Pharaoh and free his people. When God reveals himself to Moses in the burning bush, his words echo Zipporah’s, and Moses returns to Egypt with Zipporah by his side. A passionate lover and a generous, thoughtful wife, Zipporah becomes the guiding force in Moses’ struggle. With the help of her powerful father, she teaches the rebellious young man about the rule of law and the force of justice. Because of Zipporah—the outsider, the black-skinned woman—Moses becomes a defender of the oppressed and a liberator of the enslaved.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Enjoyable…Halter includes many rich cultural details and plenty of steamy sex, and he strikes a balance on miraculous occurrences, offering plausible ideas for some…while leaving others open to divine activity.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The strongest part of the book, not surprisingly, is the intense rendering of Zipporah. Halter builds her character not only by re-creating her most intimate thoughts but also by providing vivid details of her daily life in the desert.”


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by karen reyes | 2/20/2014

    " 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 oppresion to connect with Moses, who is also made to feel like an outsider, not really fitting in with any one group of people. The two of them are followed through their journey of love, exclusion, pain and forgiveness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/10/2014

    " The series on women in the bible is great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Linda | 2/9/2014

    " This is the second book that I have read by Marek Halter. If you enjoy books that are set back in biblical times you will enjoy reading this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by ErinBeth | 2/6/2014

    " Interesting to see the story of Moses told from the viewpoint of his wife. There were a few parts, especially towards the end of the book, where it almost seemed the author forgot that he was telling this in the first person and seemed to accidentally switch to third person. But in general this was an interesting read. "

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