The Tribe of Dan and their Allotted Territory

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DAN (a judge). Dan was the great-grandson of Abraham, and the fifth son of Jacob. He was the first-born of Bilhah, Rachel's handmaid, Genesis 30:6, Genesis 49:16. The tribe of Dan was the second largest tribe, Judah was the first, Numbers 1:39, and Numbers 26:43. Dan's portion of the land of Canaan was near the Mediterranean Sea, and it extended from Joppa in the north to Ashkelon in the south. The Amorites and Philistines prevented the Danites from controlling their territory that some of the men of the tribe of Dan conquered a new territory in the north of Israel, Joshus 19, and Judges 18. The tribal name of Dan disappears in the genealogies of First Chronicles.
 

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Dan in Smiths Bible Dictionary (a judge). 1. The fifth son of Jacob, and the first of Bilhah, Rachel's maid. Ge 30:6 (B.C. after 1753.) The origin of the name is given in the exclamation of Rachel. The records of Dan are unusually meagre. Only one son is attributed to him, Ge 46:23 but his tribe was, with the exception of Judah, the most numerous of all. In the division of the promised land Dan was the last of the tribes to receive his portion, which was the smallest of the twelve. Jos 19:48 But notwithstanding its smallness it had eminent natural advantages. On the north and east it was completely embraced by its two brother tribes Ephraim and Benjamin, while on the southeast and south it joined Judah, and was thus surrounded by the three most powerful states of the whole confederacy. It was a rich and fertile district; but the Amorites soon "forced them into the mountain," Jud 1:34 and they had another portion granted them. Judges 18. In the "security" and "quiet," Jud 18:7,10 of their rich northern possession the Danites enjoyed the leisure and repose which had been denied them in their original seat. In the time of David Dan still kept its place among the tribes. 1Ch 12:35 Asher is omitted, but the "prince of the tribe of Dan" is mentioned in the list of 1Ch 27:22 But from this time forward the name as applied to the tribe vanishes; it is kept alive only by the northern city. In the genealogies of 1Chr 2-12, Dan is omitted entirely. Lastly, Dan is omitted from the list of those who were sealed by the angel in the vision of St. John. Re 7:5-7 2. The well-known city, so familiar as the most northern landmark of Israel, in the common expression "from Dan even to beersheba." The name of the place was originally LAISH or LESHEM. Jos 19:47 After the establishment of the Danites at Dan it became the acknowledged extremity of the country. It is now Tell el-Kadi, a mound, three miles from Banias, from the foot of which gushes out one of the largest fountains in the world, the main source of the Jordan.
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Dan Scriptures

Judges 18:1 - In those days [there was] no king in Israel: and in those days the tribe of the Danites sought them an inheritance to dwell in; for unto that day [all their] inheritance had not fallen unto them among the tribes of Israel. 

Judges 13:2 - And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name [was] Manoah; and his wife [was] barren, and bare not. 

Judges 18:11 - And there went from thence of the family of the Danites, out of Zorah and out of Eshtaol, six hundred men appointed with weapons of war. 

1 Chronicles 12:35 - And of the Danites expert in war twenty and eight thousand and six hundred.   

Joshua 19:40 - [And] the seventh lot came out for the tribe of the children of Dan according to their families.
Joshua 19:41 - And the coast of their inheritance was Zorah, and Eshtaol, and Irshemesh,
Joshua 19:42 - And Shaalabbin, and Ajalon, and Jethlah,
Joshua 19:43 - And Elon, and Thimnathah, and Ekron,
Joshua 19:44 - And Eltekeh, and Gibbethon, and Baalath,
Joshua 19:45 - And Jehud, and Beneberak, and Gathrimmon,
Joshua 19:46 - And Mejarkon, and Rakkon, with the border before Japho.
Joshua 19:47 - And the coast of the children of Dan went out [too little] for them: therefore the children of Dan went up to fight against Leshem, and took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and possessed it, and dwelt therein, and called Leshem, Dan, after the name of Dan their father.
Joshua 19:48 - This [is] the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Dan according to their families, these cities with their villages.
Judges 18:1 - In those days [there was] no king in Israel: and in those days the tribe of the Danites sought them an inheritance to dwell in; for unto that day [all their] inheritance had not fallen unto them among the tribes of Israel.
Judges 18:11 - And there went from thence of the family of the Danites, out of Zorah and out of Eshtaol, six hundred men appointed with weapons of war.
Judges 18:27 - And they took [the things] which Micah had made, and the priest which he had, and came unto Laish, unto a people [that were] at quiet and secure: and they smote them with the edge of the sword, and burnt the city with fire.

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