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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
mā´ha - ne - dan ( מחנה־דן , maḥănēh - dhān ; παρεμβολὴ Δάν , parembolḗ Dán ): This place is mentioned twice: in Judges 13:25 (the King James Version "the camp of Dan"), and Judges 18:12 . In Mahaneh-dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol, the spirit of the Lord began to move Samson. Here the 600 marauders of Dan, coming from Zorah and Eshtaol, encamped behind Kiriath-jearim. It has been thought that these two statements contradict each other; or at least that they cannot both apply to the same place. But if we accept the identification of Zorah with Surah , and of Eshtaol with Eshu‛ , which there seems no reason to question; and if, further, we identify Kiriath-jearim with Khirbet Erma , which is at least possible, the two passages may be quite reconciled. Behind Kiriath-jearim, that is West of Khirbet Erma , runs the Vale of Sorek, on the north bank of which, about 2 miles apart, stand Zorah and Eshtaol; the former 3 1/2 miles, the latter 2 1/2 miles fron Khirbet Erma . No name resembling Mahanehdan has yet been recovered; but the place may have lain within the area thus indicated, so meeting the conditions of both passages, whether it was a permanent settlement, or derived its name only from the incident mentioned in Judges 18:12 .
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Mahaneh-Dan'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/m/mahaneh-dan.html. 1915.