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Who was Jethro, Moses father-in-law and what did he do?

Jethro: (his excellence

We know for sure:
He was called a priest or prince  (Exodus 18: 1)

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Moses takes his leave of Jethro by Jan Victors, c. 1635, from the incident in Exodus 4:18. Jethro is seated on the left, in red.

He taught Moses how to administer justice to a large group of people (Exodus 18:13-24)

He rejoiced in God’s goodness and offered sacrifices to Him.  (Exodus 18:9-12)

He was familiar with the area and was asked to stay with the Israelites for the length of their journey through Canaan (Number 10: 31, 33)

Conflicts about Jethro:
Is his name Reul or is Reul the name of Jethro’s father?  (see Numbers 10:29 and  Exodus 2:18) Easton’s and Smith’s Bible Dictionary take opposite points of view on this.

Is he a follower of the God of Israel or just going along with the custom of Moses’ people?

Whatever his real name was, whether or not he was a follower of the Israelite faith, he was a true friend and mentor to Moses, an example of excellence in in-lawing.


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