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Ive been told that moses' wife was hamitic but how do we know based on scripture?

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Meaning descendant from Ham? Tzipporah (who married Moses in Exodus 2:21) is a daughter of Jethro, from Midian, who is in turn descendant from Abraham (Genesis 25:2). However, Numbers 12:21 does imply that Moses (also?) had a Cushite wife, who is indeed descendant from Ham (Genesis 10:6) – Matt Jul 9 '14 at 3:44
Reb Chaim HaQoton discusses a survey of views on this topic here. – Fred Jul 9 '14 at 4:00
Not all of Jewish sacred text is in Scripture (Tanach) (not by a long shot). – msh210 Jul 9 '14 at 4:41

The idea that Moses' wife (Tzipporah) was Hamitic comes from a comment Miriam made about him. Moses was spending a lot of time with God and since one had to be in a state of purity to talk to God, Moses was rarely intimate with his wife. Miriam refers to Moses' wife as a Cushite (Ethiopian)

This is explained as either being idomatic or as being to a reference to an Ethiopian princess that was married to Moses when he was briefly the king of Ethiopia (this story is Midrashic)

Rashi brings down several explanations.


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Very little of what you wrote is in Tanakh, but ok. – Double AA Jul 9 '14 at 14:52

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