12:1: [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] "Miram and Aaron spoke against Moses concerning the Cushite
woman whom he had taken; and behold, the Cushite
woman was Zipporah, the wife of Moses
Meroites) who 'stepped into the vacuum left by the withdrawal of Roman garrisons, if such a vacuum ever existed' and that the Cushite
James and Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite
Empire by Drusila Dunjee Houston (Black Classic Press) and later Cheikh Anta Diop's African Origin of Civilization prepared the foundation for African people to live the myths of Egypt by providing alternatives to views of Egypt based on Christianity.
Sefer Ha-Yashar's legends would thus explain how and why Moses acquired a Cushite
12:9-10: When Miriam and Aaron, Moses' sister and brother, "spoke against Moses, because he had married a Cushite
woman, the anger of the Lord glowed against them and Miriam's skin turned white as snow.
First, the Law Giver, Moses himself, at least once, disregarded this law and married a Cushite
woman (Num 12:1).
The Bible describes a conversation between Miriam and Aaron in which they criticize Moses because of the Cushite
woman he had married.
The next reference to Tzipporah is when the Torah recounts that "Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite
woman he had married, [saying] 'He married a Cushite
Chapters Four, Five, and Six are detailed discussions of Jewish exegesis of the biblical passages concerning Moses's Cushite
wife and the curse of Ham, including comparisons with Islamic and Christian interpretations.
Perry, The Cushite
, or the Descendants of Ham (New York: Literary Union, 1887).
In the Old Testament, the other model for our notions of slavery is Ebed-Melech, the Cushite
, a royal slave, a palace official, an influential man, who saves the life of Jeremiah (Jeremiah 38:7-13).
Numbers 12 describes her in conjunction with her brother, Aaron, as having "spoken up against Moses because of the Cushite
woman he had married" (Num 12:1).