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- adjective pertaining to the ancient people of eastern Africa, considered the descendants of biblical
- proper noun a member of one of the peoples of eastern Africa, or any black African
- proper noun a sub-family of the Afro-Asiatic languages,
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He afterwards formed a close and permanent alliance with this family by marrying one of the daughters, Zipporah, "a little bird," called a Cushite or
Ethiopian properly "Cushite," (Jeremiah 13: 23) used of Zerah, (2
"But it is _equally_ certain, as we have seen, that the term 'Cushite' is applied in Scripture to other branches of the same family; as, for instance, to the Midianites, from whom Moses selected his wife, and who could not have been Negroes.
Just as everyone speaks of the blackness of the Cushite, so do all proclaim the beauty of Zipporah (Tanhuma, Zav 13).
They then ask why she was called the “Cushite woman,” since she was a Midianite.
The Rabbis maintain that the Cushite woman was Zipporah and that the word “Cushite” describes her fine qualities (her beauty and her actions).
The topic of the Cushite woman raised considerable difficulties for the Rabbis, since the Torah does not state that Moses took another wife, nor does it speak of additional children that she bore him.
Zipporah, in contrast, was a Cushite in her poverty and a Cushite with regal status.
Num. 12: 1 attests: “Miriam and Aaron spoke [va-tedaber] against Moses because of the Cushite woman he had married.”
They relate to the content of her statements; the connection between her criticism of the Cushite woman and what she says about the special standing enjoyed by Moses; and her motivation for speaking in this manner.