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How Many Wives Did Moses Have? (Marital Secrets Revealed)

How Many Wives Did Moses Have? (Marital Secrets Revealed)

Apostle Quinson Thomas Apostle Quinson Thomas
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How many wives did Moses Get? And Was He Married Twice?

It's not entirely conclusive as some  biblical texts seem to show that Moses might have had two wives and others show one wife. It's not entirely clear.

Educated Guesses on The Number of Wives Moses Had from Across The Web

  • We have the name of one wife of Moses, Zipporah.
  • Some believe that Moses had two different wives.
  • Some even say that Moses had three wives.
  • It is believed that even though Moses may have had more than one wife, he was not married to two women simultaneously.
  • Based on Scripture and God's defense of him in Numbers 12, it follows that Moses was not doing something in contradiction to God by having multiple wives at the same time, which would be in defiance to the Lord Jesus' command for one wife in the Gospels.
  • Contrary to popular opinion, the Bible clearly condemns having multiple wives as seen in Deutoronomy 17:17 He shall not multiply wives for himself, or else his heart will turn away; nor shall he greatly increase silver and gold for himself.
  • It is believed by some biblical scholars that he may have lost a wife through death and then remarried the Cushite woman in Numbers 12. 
  • This is the Cushite or Ethiopian woman that Miriam and Aaron were in opposition to when God was displeased with them. That scripture is shown below.

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Final Thought and My Personal Belief

Also, the final thought is that Zipporah and the Cushite/Ethiopian are one and the same, indicating that Moses only married one time. This is postulated by Alonso de Sandoval, a 17th Century Jesuit, who puts Zipporah in a group of "notable and sainted Ethiopians". This view is also supported by Professor David Goldenburg.

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Miriam and Aaron Oppose Moses Over His Marriage To His Wife, The Ethiopian Woman

Numbers 12:1-10 And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.

And they said, Hath the Lord indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the Lord heard it.

(Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)

And the Lord spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out.

And the Lord came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth.

And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.

My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.

With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?

And the anger of the Lord was kindled against them; and he departed.

10 And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous.

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