Of the twelve spies that Moses sent to scout the land, only Joshua and Caleb gave a positive report. And yet we find that Caleb did most of the talking. Joshua – Moses’ beloved student – remained silent: And Caleb silenced the people around Moses and said, “We will surely go up and take hold of it…As Joshua was Moses’ successor, the people suspected him of acting out of self-interest – he wanted the leadership role that would come with entering the land. Caleb, the people believed, was not acting out of self-interest and subsequently, Netziv explains, they were ready to listen to him.