Well of Moses: where he met Zippora

When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well.  Now a priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came to draw water and fill the troughs to water their father’s flock (Exodus 2:15-16, NIV).


As Exodus from Egypt was considered to have taken place 1445-1446 B.C., one can recognize that this event of Moses meeting Zippora probably occurred 1486 B.C., which was when Moses turned 40 years of age (Acts 7:23). Josephus recorded, “Moses probably chose the path in the wilderness instead of the public road in order to avoid the attention from people. He ran out of food and arrived at Midian where the Red Sea was.” It is approximately 525km between Goshen to Midian. Considering that an average distance a camel can travel a day is about 45-50km, Moses probably took about 9-10 days to arrive.

In the land of Midian, Moses, on his way to a well, rescued Jethro’s seven daughters from the hands of the evil shepherds. He drove them out and helped the daughters to draw water from the well. This encounter led Moses to meet Jethro, and he ended up marrying Zippora, one of his daughters. This well is where Moses met Zippora, Jethro’s daughter.


The current name of the town where this well is found is called Am-Bad, and this region is where many caves in which Jethro’s family is thought to have lived are found. The local Saudis confirm that the ancient name of this area was Jethro, which originated from the person Jethro’s name. A similar record is found in a museum in Al-Bad.