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Holman Bible Dictionary
The ethnological identity of the Calebites is uncertain. In Numbers 13:6 , Caleb is identified with the tribe of Judah. However, according to Numbers 32:12 , his father Jephunneh was a Kenezite. The Kenezites apparently were of Edomite origin (Genesis 36:9-11 ). Perhaps Caleb represented a Kenezite clan that had joined the Israelites and become incorporated into the tribe of Judah.
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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Caleb'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/c/caleb.html. 1991.