Yitro's reunion with Moshe shares elements with various stories in Tanakh. These can be divided into three categories – see general discussion of Biblical Parallels:
- Possibly the same event told over in different accounts:
- Different events which share similarities in their story lines, but not in their language. In these cases, the parallels serve as a useful device for analyzing the texts, even if they don't reveal conscious authorial intent.
- Different stories which have both language and content parallels. In these cases, the similarities may shed light on the messages the Torah is attempting to convey.