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- Published on Thursday, 19 November 2009 11:38
Two problems underlie this question: both Raguel and Hobab are called Moses’ father-in-law; one is a Midianite, the other a Kenite. Reuel (Exodus 2:18) is the same word as Raguel (Numbers 10:29) the Midianite, which makes it clear that he was Moses’ father-in-law. Jethro (Exodus 18:1, 27) is another of his names. In Numbers 10:29, Raguel is Hobob’s father, but Hobab is also called Moses’ father-in-law in Judges 4:11. The word translated "father-in-law" in both these cases is also translated "son-in-law" (1 Samuel 18:21, etc.) and "mother-in-law" (Deuteronomy 27:23). It signifies anyone related by marriage. In Judges 4:11, the relationship is brother-in-law. Moses’ father-in-law is both a Kenite (Judges 1:16) and a Midianite (Numbers 10:29), so his son Hobab is the same man in these 2 passages.