An early Israelite hero, Caleb was one of the 12 spies sent by Moses to explore Canaan. Caleb and the others brought back a large cluster of grapes to show the bounty of the land. The other spies, however, frightened the people with reports about the powerful people who lived in Canaan. Caleb along brought a more favorable report. For this reason he and Joshua were allowed to enter the promised land while the others of their generation died in the wilderness.