Chapter 26: Jethro And Caleb
Pharaoh did not welcome the pre- Exodus advice provided by Jethro about the growing Israelite problem, banning the priest Jethro- Reuel in disgrace to Midia, 26 which was ample motive for Jethro to have helped Moses prepare for his return to Egypt. All of this only leads us to speculate as to just who Jethro actually was, particularly when we consider that Judges 1:16 and 4:11 note that Moses’ father- in- law (Jethro/Reuel) was a Kenite and not a Midianite 27 Add to this, Reuel was the son of Esau (Gen. 36:10–12). One wonders why Jethro possessed such a surreptitious designation as a Kenite.
A Kenite, according to Porter, was a descendant of Cain. 28 Similarly, biblical legends recant Kenites carrying the Mark of Cain as their tribal mark. 29 Except for this book’s testimony, this would be impossible, for all humans except for Noah and his family were previously thought destroyed in the deluge. So unless the descendants of Cain, the Kenites were indeed the descendants of Rephaim and Sethian Nephilim, or were included in other salvations from the flood as previously covered, we, indeed, have a continuation to enigmatic, orthodox conclusions regarding the flood survival facts. Therefore, is all this controversial testimony suggesting that Jethro was a Nephilim/Amalekite/Horite of some form? Then did Moses actually marry a Nephilim or a Cainite Nephilim crossbreed named Zipporah? 30
Kenites were an unexplained, wandering tribe first mentioned in the lands promised to Abraham in Genesis, along with the equally enigmatic and unaccountable Kenizzites. 31 Kenizzites were skilled in the arts of metalworking, like Cain and Tubal- Cain, and were related somehow to Kenites. 32
What is also attention- grabbing is that Caleb, the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite, first shows up biblically as one of the twelve spies sent by Moses to explore Canaan. 33 Caleb was rewarded for supporting Joshua’s and Moses’ plan to invade Canaan by being granted, along with Joshua, the right to enter the Promised Land after the forty years of wilderness living, 34 unlike all the other Israelites who had left Egypt. Caleb, then, though eighty- five years old, fought like he was forty- five, driving the Anakim from Hebron, and was thus rewarded as the head of the tribe of Judah, receiving the land of Kiriath Arba, Hebron, the homeland of the Anakim. 35 It is astounding to me that a Kenizzite, a person from a tribe with no genealogy linking back to Noah, and a tribe that mysteriously descended back to Cain and Nephilim, inherited Hebron, the home and capital city of the Anak!