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Women In Scripture

Zipporah: The Midianite Wife of Moses

Zipporah: The Midianite Wife of Moses

The Shemites, Women In Scripture
Zipporah was one of seven Midianite sisters that mistook Moses for an Egyptian after he saved them from the men at the well (Exodus 2:16-19). Her father Jethro was the priest of Midian, and it was he that gave Zipporah to Moses to marry. While she is introduced early in Exodus, very little is said about her. In fact, she's only mentioned three times in scripture. Zipporah: meaning bird or little bird. The First Wife of Moses What isn't immediately obvious in scripture is that Moses had two wives and Zipporah was the first. This is actually a topic that is debated often, but scripture is clear that Moses married two different women from two different lineages. We can prove that by tracing their lineages in scripture. Zipporah was a descendant of Abraham's son...
Bathsheba: King Solomon’s African Mother

Bathsheba: King Solomon’s African Mother

The Hamites, Women In Scripture
Was Solomon's mother a descendant of Ham? This might be hard for many to accept, but the evidence points to the very fact that Bathsheba was not a Hebrew. If you've already read my previous article, Uriah: Bathsheba's African Husband and David's Mighty Man, then you know that Bathsheba was originally married to a black man from the line of Ham. Tracing Bathsheba's Lineage Although we are not told directly that Bathsheba is a Hamite, we can actually trace her heritage through her grandfather Ahithophel (David's African counselor). In 2 Samuel 11:3 we are told that Bathsheba's father is Eliam, but it isn't until 2 Samuel 23 that we find out that Bathsheba's grandfather is a Gilonite. "Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maachathite, Eliam the son of Ahithophel t...
The Queen of Sheba: King Solomon’s Ethiopian Mistress

The Queen of Sheba: King Solomon’s Ethiopian Mistress

The Hamites, Women In Scripture
The Queen of Sheba was King Solomon's black mistress from Ethiopia. According to the Bible, she made a special trip to Israel just to meet him. To understand the significance of this meeting, we must understand how political ties were made in the ancient world. In order to form alliances, royalty would often marry each other or have their children marry each other. We'll come back to this meeting further down, but first, let's look at the Queen's Hamite connection: "And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtecha: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan." - Genesis 10:7 To break it down, Sheba was the grandson of Cush and the great grandson of Ham. When the descendants of Ham began to settle Africa, Seba (son of Cush) settled the portion o...
Hagar: Abraham’s Black Wife From Egypt

Hagar: Abraham’s Black Wife From Egypt

The Hamites, Women In Scripture
Hagar was Abraham's black Egyptian concubine that overcame her status as a servant to become the mother to  of the largest nations to ever exist. When Sarah failed to get pregnant, as God promised her she would, she decided to take things into her own hands, and give her Egyptian handmaid Hagar to Abraham, so that he could get her pregnant. "And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife. And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes." - Genesis 16:3-4 The Birth of Ishmael It was this union that led to the birth of their half Egyptian son Ishmael, the father of the Ishmaelites. A
Tamar: The Canaanite Mother of Judah’s Son Pharez

Tamar: The Canaanite Mother of Judah’s Son Pharez

The Hamites, Women In Scripture
The story of Tamar the Canaanite is brief, but important in the grand scheme of scripture. She first appears in the Bible after Judah moves to Canaan and takes the Canaanite Shuah to wife for himself (Genesis 38:2). Shuah bears Judah three half Canaanite sons: Er Onan Shelah After the birth of his third son Shelah, Judah chooses Tamar, a Canaanite woman, as the wife for his oldest son Er. "And Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, whose name was Tamar." - Genesis 38:6 The Canaanites were descendants of Ham's son Canaan. In Genesis 9 there are a series of events that lead to Noah placing a curse on Canaan. Because of the curse, Canaan heads East out of Africa, and settles in modern day Israel. Because there were not yet any Israelite women, other tha...