What Was Oprah Winfrey’s Intended Name?

"Orpah" was the intended spelling of Oprah Winfrey's name, but it was misspelled on her birth certificate. Born in Mississippi in 1954, the media magnate's intended name was the name of the sister-in-law of the Biblical Ruth.

More about Oprah Winfrey:

  • Oprah's first talk show debuted in 1984, and went national in 1986.
  • Oprah has acted in 16 films, including The Color Purple, Before Women Had Wings, and Beloved.
  • "The Oprah Bill" was signed in 1993 by President Clinton after Oprah testified before a US Senate Judiciary Committee to establish a database of convicted child abusers.
More Info: LA Times

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According to Ruth 1:1-5, a Jewish couple named Elimelech and Naomi left Israel to go live in the land of Moab. There Elimelech died and his two sons Malhon and Kilion married two Moabite women.The name of one of the women was Orpah and the name of the other was Ruth. Now the QUIZ: In the English language, what is the relationship between the two wives?

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