🔼The name Jethro in the Bible
Jethro is the father of Zipporah, the first wife of Moses. Jethro is also known by the very similar name Jether (Exodus 4:18) and the completely different name Reuel (Exodus 2:18), although Reuel is probably the name of Jethro's tribe or patriarch (see Numbers 10:29).
Jethro is a priest in Midian, but his allegiance to the God of Israel becomes evident only after the obvious success of the latter (Exodus 18:11). In this sense Jethro is very different from the other famous, non-Abrahamic priest Melchizedek.
🔼Etymology of the name Jethro
The name Jethro comes from the Hebrew root יתר (yatar) meaning to remain over, or be a rest:
For a meaning of the name Jethro, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Excellent; Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads His Excellence.
Here at Abarim we propose Remnant, followed by a long silence...