From-dan-beersheba



[dan] /dæn/

noun
1.
a son of Jacob and Bilhah. Gen. 30:6.
2.
one of the 12 tribes of Israel, traditionally descended from him.
3.
the northernmost city of ancient Palestine.
4.
a male given name, form of .
Idioms
5.
from Dan to Beersheba, from one outermost extreme or limit to the other. Judges 20:1.
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noun
1.
a small buoy used as a marker at sea Also called dan buoy
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noun (martial arts)
1.
any one of the 10 black-belt grades of proficiency
2.
a competitor entitled to dan grading
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noun
1.
an archaic title of honour, equivalent to Master or Sir: Dan Chaucer
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noun (Old Testament)
1.

2.
a city in the northern territory of Canaan

title of address to members of religious orders, c.1300, from Old French dan (Modern French dom), from Latin dominus “lord” (source of Portuguese don, Spanish don, Italian donno; see don (n.)).

familiar form of masc. proper name Daniel.

name of one of the 12 tribes of ancient Israel or its territory, named for its founder; literally “he who judges,” related to Hebrew din “to judge.” In the Old Testament, it occupied the northernmost part of Israel, hence its use proverbially for “utmost extremity,” e.g. in from Dan to Beersheba (the southernmost region), 1738.

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a judge. (1.) The fifth son of Jacob. His mother was Bilhah, Rachel’s maid (Gen. 30:6, “God hath judged me”, Heb. dananni). The blessing pronounced on him by his father was, “Dan shall judge his people” (49:16), probably in allusion to the judgeship of Samson, who was of the tribe of Dan. The tribe of Dan had their place in the march through the wilderness on the north side of the tabernacle (Num. 2:25, 31; 10:25). It was the last of the tribes to receive a portion in the Land of Promise. Its position and extent are described in Josh. 19:40-48. The territory of Dan extended from the west of that of Ephraim and Benjamin to the sea. It was a small territory, but was very fertile. It included in it, among others, the cities of Lydda, Ekron, and Joppa, which formed its northern boundary. But this district was too limited. “Squeezed into the narrow strip between the mountains and the sea, its energies were great beyond its numbers.” Being pressed by the Amorites and the Philistines, whom they were unable to conquer, they longed for a wider space. They accordingly sent out five spies from two of their towns, who went north to the sources of the Jordan, and brought back a favourable report regarding that region. “Arise,” they said, “be not slothful to go, and to possess the land,” for it is “a place where there is no want of any thing that is in the earth” (Judg. 18:10). On receiving this report, 600 Danites girded on their weapons of war, and taking with them their wives and their children, marched to the foot of Hermon, and fought against Leshem, and took it from the Sidonians, and dwelt therein, and changed the name of the conquered town to Dan (Josh. 19:47). This new city of Dan became to them a new home, and was wont to be spoken of as the northern limit of Palestine, the length of which came to be denoted by the expression “from Dan to Beersheba”, i.e., about 144 miles. “But like Lot under a similar temptation, they seem to have succumbed to the evil influences around them, and to have sunk down into a condition of semi-heathenism from which they never emerged. The mounds of ruins which mark the site of the city show that it covered a considerable extent of ground. But there remains no record of any noble deed wrought by the degenerate tribe. Their name disappears from the roll-book of the natural and the spiritual Israel.”, Manning’s Those Holy Fields. This old border city was originally called Laish. Its modern name is Tell el-Kady, “Hill of the Judge.” It stands about four miles below Caesarea Philippi, in the midst of a region of surpassing richness and beauty. (2.) This name occurs in Ezek 27:19, Authorize Version; but the words there, “Dan also,” should be simply, as in the Revised Version, “Vedan,” an Arabian city, from which various kinds of merchandise were brought to Tyre. Some suppose it to have been the city of Aden in Arabia. (See MAHANEH-DAN ØT0002375.)

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