Thursday, September 12, 2013

Exonerating Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite

Back in 2007 I wrote a blog on Caleb's concubines, in which I mistakenly identified the Caleb of 1 Chron. 2 as Caleb the son of Jephunneh who wholly followed God. More careful reading of the genealogies this year exposed my mistake. The Caleb of 1 Chron. 2:46 is not the same as the Caleb who wholly followed God (1 Chron. 4:15).

I have corrected my old post, and hereby "apologize" to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for getting him mixed up with the lecherous Caleb, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah.

I should have read the genealogies more carefully!

1 comment:

dan said...

Your integrity is refreshing. An interesting piece of interpretation to go along with this. Some books when attempting to interpret the name of Caleb look at the shoresh and associate it (often quizzically) with "kelev" -- dog. The hesitancy is warranted. The spelling is kalev, and if we were to separate it into two words, we would have kol-lev -- wholehearted. Yet another good reason to learn Hebrew.

Favor to you,
dan