biblical character; son of Jephunneh; representative of the Tribe of Judah during the Israelites' journey to the Promised Land (Num. 13:6)

Caleb son of Jephunneh was a person from the Book of Numbers who was one of the twelve spies that Moses sent to Canaan and aside from Joshua was the only one of them who still thought that the Lord could give the Israelites a victory against Canaan. Because of this Caleb and Joshua were the only adult males of that generation allowed to live long enough to come into the Promised Land.

Book of Joshua


At the end of the Book of Joshua, just before Joshua dies, Caleb asks Joshua for permission to conquer Hebron and Joshua gives it to him.



In the Book of Judges, Caleb’s daughter marries Othniel, the first judge.

The Midrash


According to a Midrash in the Talmud, Caleb was one of the two spies that Joshua sent to Rahab.