Gershom and Eliezer
by Wayne Blank
After killing an Egyptian who was abusing a Hebrew, Moses fled from Egypt to Midian, where he married Jethro's daughter Zipporah:
"One day, when Moses had grown up, he went out to his people and looked on their burdens; and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his people. He looked this way and that, and seeing no one he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand." (Exodus 2:11-12 RSV)
When Moses returned to Egypt for the Exodus, Zipporah remained in Midian with her father and her sons Gershom and Eliezer, but were re-united with Moses after his return (see also Wilderness Journey):
"Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses' father-in-law, heard of all that God had done for Moses and for Israel His people, how The Lord had brought Israel out of Egypt. Now Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, had taken Zipporah, Moses' wife, after he had sent her away, and her two sons, of whom the name of the one was Gershom, for he said, "I have been a sojourner in a foreign land", and the name of the other, Eliezer, for he said, "The God of my father was my help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh." And Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, came with his sons and his wife to Moses in the wilderness where he was encamped at the mountain of God. And when one told Moses, "Lo, your father-in-law Jethro is coming to you with your wife and her two sons with her," Moses went out to meet his father-in-law, and did obeisance and kissed him; and they asked each other of their welfare, and went into the tent. Then Moses told his father-in-law all that The Lord had done to Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel's sake, all the hardship that had come upon them in the way, and how The Lord had delivered them." (Exodus 18:1-8 RSV)
Fact Finder: What very unusual incident involving Gershom resulted in Zipporah calling Moses her "bridegroom of blood"?