Hur was a he. He was a member of the tribe of Judah.
In the books of the Chronicles, Hur seems to be the father of Caleb, though it is ambiguous:
“These were the sons of Caleb the son of Hur, the firstborn of Ephratah; Shobal the father of Kirjathjearim….” (KJV)
“These were the sons of Caleb. The sons of Hur, the firstborn of Ephrathah, were Shobal the father of Kiriath-jearim….” (NIV)
Hur had 4 sons, one of whom was the founder of Bethlehem (though Chronicles attributes that back to Hur).
To explain the close connection between Moses & Hur, the historian Josephus reports that Hur was the husband of Moses’ sister, Miriam (making Hur Moses’ brother-in-law).
Exodus 17:8-13… Is there such a thing as a behind-the-scenes hero? Sometimes acts of heroism are disguised as simple acts.
While Joshua and his army were bearing swords and shields against the Amalekites, there were other heroes were observing the fight from the top of a nearby hill. Moses & Aaron climbed a hill close to the battle to watch Israel fight at Rephidim. With the battle raging below, Moses raised his hands – in prayer – to God. As long as Moses kept his hands raised, Israel secured the upper hand in battle. But, when Moses got tired and lowered his hands, the Amalekites began to win the battle.
Hur became a military hero that day without holding a weapon… though he did “bear arms”. he simply lifted a hand to help. They found Moses a rock to sit on, then Aaron stood on one side and Hur stood on the other. Together they held up the arms of Moses until the sun set. Because of Hur’s quiet contribution, the Israelites crushed the enemy.
There is not a single one of us who could not have done what Hur did… and could not do something similar today!
You may feel you cannot step out and do a ministry (though you probably could!). But, surely you see ways you could help someone else do their ministry!
Exodus 24:13-15… Hur is mentioned once more as Moses’ staunch ally when he is left in co-charge with Aaron while Moses is away on Mt. Sinai. But, only Aaron is mentioned in the later account of events during Moses’ absence and the creation of the Golden Calf.
The Talmud explains the sudden disappearance of Hur from the narrative by claiming Hur was killed when he tried to prevent the making of the Golden Calf. It implies Aaron was intimidated by Hur’s death, and so complied with the popular demand to make the idol. According to the Talmud, Hur’s faithfulness was rewarded by God by granting his grandson, Bezalel, the role of constructing the tabernacle.
You can read Hur’s story in Exodus 17;24.