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rōō´el ( רעוּאל , re‛ū'ēl , "God is his friend"; the Septuagint Ῥαγουήλ , Rhagouḗl ):

(1) In the genealogical system Reuel is both a son of Esau by Basemath (Genesis 36:4 , Genesis 36:10 , Genesis 36:13 , Genesis 36:17 ; 1 Chronicles 1:35 , 1 Chronicles 1:37 ) and the father of the father-in-law of Moses, Hobab (Numbers 10:29 ). In the account of the marriage of Zipporah to Moses (Exodus 2:16-21 ) Jethro seems to be called Reuel (compare HOBAB ). The various names of Jethro perplexed the Talmudists, too; some held that his real name was "Hobab," and that Reuel was his father. Reuel is probably a clan name (Gray, "Nu," ICC ), and Hobab is a member of the clan ("son") of Reuel (Numbers 10:29 , the King James Version reads "Raguel").

(2) The father of Eliasaph, the prince of Gad (Numbers 2:14 ), called (by some copyist's mistake) "Deuel" in Numbers 1:14 ; Numbers 7:42 , Numbers 7:47 ; Numbers 10:20 . The Septuagint has uniformly Rhagouēl .

(3) A B enjamite (1 Chronicles 9:8 ).

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Reuel'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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