December 2016

Tomb of Caleb

Caleb was one of the twelve spies sent by Moses into Canaan as recorded in Numbers 13:1-6. “The Lord said to Moses, ‘Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites; from each of their ancestral tribes you shall send a man, every one a leader among them.’ So Moses sent them from the wilderness of Paran, according to the command of the Lord, all of them leading men among the Israelites. … from the tribe of Judah, Caleb son of Jephunneh; … from the tribe of Ephraim, Hoshea son of Nun; … And Moses changed the name of Hoshea son of Nun to Joshua.”

After the exploration of the land, only Joshua and Caleb said that they should trust God and make a conquest. “And Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes and said to all the congregation of the Israelites, ‘The land that we went through as spies is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord is pleased with us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that flows with milk and honey. Only, do not rebel against the Lord; and do not fear the people of the land, for they are no more than bread for us; their protection is removed from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them.’” (Numbers 14:6-9)

At the age of 85, Caleb asked Joshua gave him Hebron as promised by God because he believed that he was still strong and was able to drive out the Anakim. (Joshua 14:6-15)

The tomb of Caleb is situated in Timnath-serah, very near the tomb of Joshua. The condition of Caleb’s tomb is much better than that of Joshua’s. On the wall, it is written in Hebrew “Caleb son of Jephunneh”.
–- explained by Helen Chan

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