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Bible Encyclopedias

The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia


If the reading is correct, the name of a city mentioned only once in the Bible (2 Samuel 24:6). It was one of the places included in the route of Joab and his associates when they were sent out by David to number the people. Their route was eastward across the Jordan, northward through the trans-Jordanic tribes, westward to Sidon, passing Dan-jaan on the way, and southward as far as Beersheba. It is natural, then, to identify Dan, on the northern boundary of Israel, with Dan-jaan, although Conder, after Schultz, seeks to identify it with Danian near Achzib. For "Jaan" various emendations have been proposed. Gesenius changes into ("Dan of the wood"). Wellhausen and, following him, Budde, Kittel, and Driver read ("and from Dan they went round"). Klostermann and Gr├Ątz change into (Ijon), a city mentioned in connection with Dan in 1 Kings 15:20.

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Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Dan-Jaan'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. 1901.

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