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caleb


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Caleb 
  a  dog.  (1.)  One  of  the  three  sons  of  Hezron  of  the  tribe  of 
  Judah.  He  is  also  called  Chelubai  (1  Chr.  2:9).  His  descendants 
  are  enumerated  (18-20,  42-49). 
 
  (2.)  A  "son  of  Hur,  the  firstborn  of  Ephratah"  (1  Chr.  2:50). 
  Some  would  read  the  whole  passage  thus:  "These  [i.e.,  the  list 
  in  ver.  42-49]  were  the  sons  of  Caleb.  The  sons  of  Hur,  the 
  firstborn  of  Ephratah,  were  Shobal,  etc."  Thus  Hur  would  be  the 
  name  of  the  son  and  not  the  father  of  Caleb  (ver.  19). 
 
  (3.)  The  son  of  Jephunneh  (Num.  13:6;  32:12;  Josh.  14:6,  14). 
  He  was  one  of  those  whom  Moses  sent  to  search  the  land  in  the 
  second  year  after  the  Exodus.  He  was  one  of  the  family  chiefs  of 
  the  tribe  of  Judah.  He  and  Joshua  the  son  of  Nun  were  the  only 
  two  of  the  whole  number  who  encouraged  the  people  to  go  up  and 
  possess  the  land,  and  they  alone  were  spared  when  a  plague  broke 
  out  in  which  the  other  ten  spies  perished  (Num.  13;  14).  All  the 
  people  that  had  been  numbered,  from  twenty  years  old  and  upward, 
  perished  in  the  wilderness  except  these  two  The  last  notice  we 
  have  of  Caleb  is  when  (being  then  eighty-five  years  of  age)  he 
  came  to  Joshua  at  the  camp  at  Gilgal,  after  the  people  had 
  gained  possession  of  the  land,  and  reminded  him  of  the  promise 
  Moses  had  made  to  him  by  virtue  of  which  he  claimed  a  certain 
  portion  of  the  land  of  Kirjath-arba  as  his  inheritance  (Josh. 
  14:6-15;  15:13-15;  21:10-12;  1  Sam.  25:2,3;  30:14).  He  is  called 
  a  Kenezite"  in  Josh.  14:6,14.  This  may  simply  mean  "son  of 
  Kenez"  (Num.  32:12).  Some  however,  read  "Jephunneh,  the  son  of 
  Kenez,"  who  was  a  descendant  of  Hezron,  the  son  of  Pharez,  a 
  grandson  of  Judah  (1  Chr.  2:5).  This  Caleb  may  possibly  be 
  identical  with  (2). 
 
  (4.)  Caleb  gave  his  name  apparently  to  a  part  of  the  south 
  country  (1  Sam.  30:14)  of  Judah,  the  district  between  Hebron  and 
  Carmel,  which  had  been  assigned  to  him  When  he  gave  up  the  city 
  of  Hebron  to  the  priests  as  a  city  of  refuge,  he  retained 
  possession  of  the  surrounding  country  (Josh.  21:11,12;  comp.  1 
  Sam.  25:3). 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Caleb,  a  dog;  a  crow;  a  basket