• Son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite of the tribe of Judah, uncle of Othniel, (Nu 32:12; Jos 15:17; 1Ch 4:13, 15; see OTHNIEL.) When 40 years old, Caleb was one of the 12 spies sent out by Moses on a 40-day preview of the land of Canaan, and upon returning, Caleb together with Joshua stood up against the opposition of all the others to give a favorable report, saying: "Let us go up directly, and we are bound to take possession of it." (Nu 13:6, 30; 14:6-9) Because he had "followed Jehovah his God fully," he was the only one of that adult generation besides Joshua and some Levites to enter the Promised Land in 1473 B.C.E. Six years later, when 85 years old, Caleb declared: "Now here Jehovah has preserved me alive, just as he promised, these forty-five years since Jehovah made this promise to Moses when Israel walked in the wilderness, and now here I am today eighty-five years old. Yet I am today as strong as on the day of Moses" sending me out. As my power was then, so my power is now for the war, both to go out and to come in." Jos 14:6-11.

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