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Shiphrah: Bible

by Mayer I. Gruber

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Shiphrah (more commonly spelled "Shifra") is one of the two named midwives (the other being Puah) who serve the Hebrew women in Egypt and who contravene Pharaoh’s order to kill at birth all Hebrew males. The feminine proper name Shiphrah is also attested as the name of an Asiatic slave woman in an eighteenth-century B.C.E. papyrus from Egypt.

Bibliography

Albright, W. F. “Northwest-Semitic Names in a List of Egyptian Slaves from the Eighteenth Century bc.” Journal of the American Oriental Society 74 (1954): 222–233.

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Gruber, Mayer I.. "Shiphrah: Bible." Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women. 31 December 1999. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on November 29, 2021) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/shiphrah-bible>.