Concept

Caleb

Summary
Caleb (ˈkeɪləb), sometimes transliterated as Kaleb (כָּלֵב, Kalev, kaˈlev; Tiberian vocalization: Kālēḇ; Hebrew Academy: Kalev), is a figure who appears in the Hebrew Bible as a representative of the Tribe of Judah during the Israelites' journey to the Promised Land. A reference to him is also found in the Quran, although his name is not mentioned (Al-Ma'idah: 20–26). Name According to The Jewish Encyclopedia, "since 'Caleb' signifies dog, it has been thought that the dog was the totem of a clan". The New American Standard Exhaustive Concordance states that the name Kaleb (Caleb) is related to the word for "dog" (keleb). The Bible was written down centuries before Hebrew diacritics were introduced, and there is no certain knowledge of how the name was pronounced when the biblical text was written. In Modern Hebrew, the name is pronounced kaˈlev; the modern English pronunciation ˈkeɪləb is a result of the Great Vowel Shift. An alternate Hebrew meaning offered for Caleb is
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