"Little bird." The daughter of Jethro (Reuel), who became the wife of Moses. She is by him the mother of Gershom and Eliezer (3).1 On their way back to Egypt, they stayed at a lodging place when God came to kill Moses. Zipporah quickly took a flint knife, circumcised Gershom and touched Moses' feet with it. "Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me," she said. So God let him alone.2 In consequence of this event, she and her two sons were sent back by him to her own kinsfolk, the Midianites, with whom they sojourned till Moses afterwards joined them.3



  1. Ex. 2:21-22.
  2. Ex. 4:20-26.
  3. Ex. 18:2-6.


  • Easton, M.G. (1897). Easton's Bible Dictionary. New York: Harper & Brothers.