Tharbis wife of Moses

“The Second Book of Moses, called Exodus” tells the story of how baby Moses was put into a rush basket and set loose into the Nile River by his sister Miriam to save him from Pharoah’s edict ordering all Hebrew baby boy’s slain. Moses was rescued by Pharoah’s own daughter who raised him as a Prince of Egypt.

Before there was an actual nation of Israel, before the Hebrew tribes even reached Canaan to create their state, even before there were actually Hebrew kings or queens in Israel, Moses, the designated spokesperson for the Hebrew’s new God, YHWH, and “commander” of the escape from Egypt, ran into trouble over his wives. I will discuss why in my next post but the story of how Moses got his first wife sets the stage for the role played by queens, princesses and the daughters of kings throughout the entire span of the nation of Israel…

It was the custom in ancient Middle Eastern nations to settle disputes between two warring factions by the commander/king of one side marrying the daughter of the king/commander of the other side. Flavius Josephus included in his histories of the Jews several examples of how the alliances worked. The  Old Testament/Torah Moses got the Hebrews released from slavery in Egypt, but according to Josephus’ story, before that he was a military commander for the Egyptians. Exactly where Josephus got the story, I don’t know. He had access to documents and lore that does not appear in the Old Testament or Torah.  While Josephus does sometimes  name his source, he was writing many centuries before “footnotes.” In this story Moses was leading Egypt’s war against the Ethiopians and was about to lay siege to their royal city, Saba, when a lucky “accident” happened: Continue reading “Tharbis wife of Moses”