• Old Testament

    Was Caleb the Son of Jephunneh an Israelite?

    Caleb the son of Jephunneh is a very interesting character in Scripture. Caleb is most well known for being one of the 12 spies who explored the land of Canaan after the Exodus (Num 13:1-16). Out of the 12 spies who entered Canaan, only Caleb and Joshua trusted in God’s power to deliver the land to Israel (Num 14:6-10). Caleb is well known for a variety of other reasons as well. Because of Caleb’s devotion to Yahweh, God promised to bring him (and Joshua) into the promise land, while the rest of Caleb’s generation perished (Num 14:24, 30). Furthermore, when Israel was conquering the land of Canaan, Caleb (who was 85 years old at that time) aggressively led his family in the conquest of the hill country, conquering Hebron (cf. Joshua 14:6-15). Caleb is one of those men in Scripture we associate with heroism. He trusted his God against all…