Thursday, March 16, 2017

#92- Zipporah: An Unsung Heroine

Moses is one of the bigger heroes in the Jewish and Christian Bibles.  But did you know that he was almost murdered by Yahweh for absolutely no reason?  This tale appears in the book of Exodus and has never been shown in any movie involving Moses that I know of.

As most people know, Moses high-tailed it from Egypt after killing an Egyptian slave driver.  Moses was able to get away (somehow) and made it all the way to Midia; which was a neighboring land to the east of Egypt.
Moses, Jethro, and Zipporah of Disney's "The Prince of Egypt" movie.

After helping the 7 (a Jewish magical number) daughters of Jethro, a Midian priest (read "spiritual leader of a different religion"), Moses is asked to dine with Jethro and his family.  Eventually, Moses is "given" Zipporah in "marriage"(like a used shoe that one donates to Goodwill).

Moses wastes no time and knocks up Zipporah who produces two sons, Gershom and Eliezer. I know you did not expect daughters, did you?

A quick side note:  How and why the second son, Eliezer has the prefix "El" in his name even though his mother is a Midianite and Moses did not know or meet Yahweh/ELohim yet is not explained.

Of course, most of us know about the infamous burning bush episode that followed when Yahweh introduces himself and then sent the reluctant Moses on a mission to rescue the Hebrews.

But then after Moses agreed to the plan, Yahweh (who is clinically insane and psychotic) inextricably tries to murder Moses! The story is described like this in the King James Version of the English Bible:

Exodus 4:24-27

24 And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the Lord met him, and sought to kill him.25 Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me.26 So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.27 And the Lord said to Aaron, Go into the wilderness to meet Moses. And he went, and met him in the mount of God, and kissed him. 

This is not explained in the Bible but raises some questions in my mind:

1.  How did Zipporah know Moses was in danger?
2.  How did she know what to do?
3.  Why would Moses continue to serve Yahweh (assuming he did it voluntarily)
4.  How does a foreskin stop a celestial murder?
5.  Does the Christian Satan know of Yahweh's aversion to foreskins?
6.  Doesn't this provide convincing evidence that Yahweh is not omnipotent?
7.  Why does the foreskin have to be thrown at his feet?
8.  What is a "bloody husband"?
9.  Did Zipporah see Yahweh?  If so, why didn't she die?

According to Wikipedia, the reason that Yahweh may have tried to kill Moses is because Moses did not circumcise his son.  But how would Moses have known to do such a thing?  What if Zipporah did not want her son to be mutilated?

Either way, Zipporah's actions saved Moses and allowed him to continue his mission to free the Hebrews from the Egyptians.

So, why does she not get more praise?  I think their reasons are the following:

1.  The story is extremely stupid and embarrassing to believers.
2.  The story does not paint a positive picture of Yahweh.
3.  Jews can't give praise to people from other religions.
4.  She may have been a woman of "color".
5.  She is a woman (duh!)

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