Numbers 13:1 – 15:41 Haftarah: Joshua 2:1 – 2:24
(Num 12:1) Demetrius the Chronographer 3rd fragmentHe says, however, that Moses fled into Midian and there married Zipporah the daughter of Jethro, who was, as far as it may be conjectured from the names of those born from Keturah, of the stock of Abraham, a descendant of Jokshan, who was the son of Abraham by Keturah. And from Jokshan was born Dedan, and from Dedan, Reuel, and from Reuel, Jethro and Hobab, and from Jethro, Zipporah, whom Moses married.
The generations also agree, for Moses was seventh from Abraham, and Zipporah sixth.b For Isaac, from whom Moses descended, was already married when Abraham, at the age of 140, married Keturah, and begot by her a second son, [Jokshan].c But he begot Isaac when he was 100 years old;d so that [Jokshan],c from whom Zipporah derived her descent, was born 42 years later.
3* There is, therefore, no inconsistency in Moses and Zipporah having lived at the same time.a And they lived in the city of Midian,b which was named from one of the sons of Abraham.c For it (i.e., Scripture) says that Abraham sent his sons to the Eastd to settle there. And (it says that) for this reason also, Aaron and Miriam said at Hazeroth that Moses had married an Ethiopian woman.(Num 13:16) Eusebius – Ecclesiastical History 1.3And the same [Moses] by divine inspiration foresaw the name Jesus very clearly and again also endowed this with special privilege. The name of Jesus, which had never been uttered among men before it was made known to Moses, Moses applied first to this one alone. He knew that Joshua, again as a type and a symbol, would receive the rule over all after Moses’ death. His successor, at any rate, had never before used the title Jesus. He had been called by another name, Auses,1 which his parents had bestowed upon him. Moses himself proclaims Jesus, as a privilege of honor far greater than a royal crown, giving him the name because Jesus, the son of Nave,2 himself bore a resemblance to our Savior, who alone, after Moses and the completion of the symbolic worship transmitted by him, received the rule of true and pure religion.(Num 14:28) Origen – Commentary on the Gospel of John 2.123We must also consider the words “as I live, says the Lord.” Perhaps living in the proper sense, especially on the basis of what has been said about living, occurs with God alone. And see if the apostle … considered the superiority of the life of God to be beyond comparison and understood the words “as I live says the Lord” in a manner worthy of God. Can [he] for this reason have said of God, “Who alone has immortality,”5 because none of the living beings with God has the life which is absolutely unchangeable and immutable? And why are we uncertain about the remaining beings, when not even the Christ had the Father’s immortality? For he tasted death for all.