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Moshe's wife was the daughter of a Midianite priest so she was not Jewish. Does this in fact mean Moshe's sons Gershom and Eliezer were not Jewish as well? There are various questions on Mi Yodeya regarding Moshe's offspring but I did not find anything regarding their being Jewish or not.

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    Moses' sons are Jewish axiomatically, as Moses could not have relations with a gentile woman, he must have converted her first. – Al Berko Jul 23 at 19:53
  • Prior to mattan Torah patrilineal descent was common; in fact, it was the norm – Josh K Jul 23 at 20:28
  • @JoshK If you can find a source for this, by all means, contradict my answer! – DanF Jul 23 at 20:30
  • They at the very least converted along with everyone at Mount Sinai. You're asking if they were born Jewish? – robev Jul 23 at 23:18
  • @robev there's debate as to whether or not they were there (dependant on when Yitro arrived with them, after all) – Josh K Jul 23 at 23:23
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I'm inferring yes.

We see that God was angry that Moshe had not circumcised Gershom, and Tzipporah had to do it. While we know that technically, Gentiles have circumcised their children, there is no obligation to do so. The fact that God was angry implies that Moshe was obligated to do this meaning that Gershom (and, by further inference, Eliezer) were Jewish

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