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the fifth son of Jacob, Genesis 30:1-6 . Dan had but one son, whose name was Hushim, Genesis 46:23 ; yet he had a numerous posterity; for, on leaving Egypt, this tribe consisted of sixty-two thousand seven hundred men able to bear arms, Numbers 1:38 . Of Jacob's blessing Dan, see Genesis 49:16-17 . They took Laish, Judges 18:1 ; Joshua 19:47 . Whey called the city Dan, after their progenitor. The city of Dan was situated at the northern extremity of the land of Israel: hence the phrase, "from Dan to Beersheba," denoting the whole length of the land of promise. Here Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, set up one of his golden calves, 1 Kings 12:29 ; and the other at Bethel.

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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Dan'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. 1831-2.

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