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Dan - Judge. Son of Bilhah, Rachel’s maid, and brother to Naphtali. After the settlement in Land of Canaan, the district assigned to the tribe of Dan was small in area but had an admirable situation, adjoining Ephraim, Benjamin, and Judah, parts of it being extremely fertile (Josh. 19:40–48). There was a good deal of difficulty in holding it against the Amorites (Judg. 1:34) and against the Philistines (Judg. 13:2, 25; 18:1). Consequently the Danites made for themselves a settlement in the north of Palestine (Judg. 18), around Laish, to which city they gave the name of Dan. This town is well known as the northern limit of Palestine, which extended “from Dan even to Beer-sheba.” It was chosen by Jeroboam as one of the places in which to establish the calf worship for the northern tribes (1 Kgs. 12:29; 2 Kgs. 10:29). The city was laid waste by Benhadad (1 Kgs. 15:20; 2 Chr. 16:4); and Jewish tradition records that the calf was carried off to Assyria by Tiglath-pileser (2 Kgs. 15:29). The reason for the omission of the tribe of Dan in John’s list in Rev. 7:5–7 is not known. Its character is sketched in the blessings of Jacob and Moses (Gen. 49:16–18; Deut. 33:22).

Genesis Narrative


23 And the sons of Dan; Hushim.
24 And the sons of Naphtali; Jahzeel, and Guni, and Jezer, and Shillem.
25 These are the sons of Bilhah, which Laban gave unto Rachel his daughter, and she bare these unto Jacob: all the souls were seven.
Genesis 46:23-25 - KJV translation


Children


Offspring of Dan and unknown parent
Name Birth Death Joined with
Hushim ben Dan



Siblings


Offspring of Jacob ben Isaac and Leah, daughter of Laban
Name Birth Death Joined with
Reuben ben Jacob 9999 Land of Canaan 9999 Land of Canaan Eliuram, daughter of Ewi the Canaanite
Simeon ben Jacob 9999 Land of Canaan 9999 Land of Canaan
Levi ben Jacob 9999 Land of Canaan 9999 Land of Canaan Milkah, daughter of Aram.
Judah ben Jacob 9999 Land of Canaan 9999 Land of Canaan Daughter of Shau
Tamar
Issachar ben Jacob 9999 Land of Canaan 9999 Land of Canaan
Zebulun ben Jacob 9999 Land of Canaan 9999 Land of Canaan
Dinah, daughter of Jacob 9999 Land of Canaan 9999 Land of Canaan


Offspring of Jacob ben Isaac and Rachel, daughter of Laban
Name Birth Death Joined with
Joseph ben Jacob 9999 Land of Canaan 9999 Egypt Asenath the daughter of Poti-pherah
Benjamin ben Jacob 9999 Land of Canaan 9999 Land of Canaan


Offspring of Jacob ben Isaac and Bilhah (?-?)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Dan ben Jacob 9999 Land of Canaan 9999 Land of Canaan
Naphtali ben Jacob 9999 Land of Canaan 9999 Land of Canaan


Offspring of Jacob ben Isaac and Zilpah (?-?)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Gad ben Jacob 9999 Land of Canaan 9999 Land of Canaan
Asher ben Jacob 9999 Land of Canaan 9999 Land of Canaan


References


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