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