Dan Migrates by Sea and Land
The tribe of Dan originally occupied a strip of coast
country on the Mediterranean, west of Jerusalem.
"And the coast of the children of Dan," we read in Joshua 19:47, "went out too little for them:
therefore the children of Dan went up to fight against Leshem, and took it... and called Leshem,
Dan, after the name of Dan their father."
In Judges 18:11-12, it is recorded
that Danites took Kirjath-jearim,
and "called that place Mahaneh-dan unto this day."
A little later the same company of 600 armed Danites came to Laish, captured it,
and "they called the name of the city Dan, after the name of Dan their father" (verse 29).
The tribe of Dan occupied two
different districts, or provinces, in the Holy Land before the Assyrian
One colony lived on the seacoast.
They were principally seamen, and it is recorded Dan abode in ships (Judges. 5:17).
When Assyria captured Israel, these Danites struck out in their ships
and sailed west through the Mediterranean and, as we shall now note, north to Ireland.
Just before his death, Moses prophesied of Dan:
"Dan is a lion's whelp: he shall leap from Bashan" (Deut. 83:22).
Some historians see a connection between those Danites and the Danoi in Greece
and the Thatha De and Thathe De Danaan of Ireland. Tuatha De means the "people of God."
The name Dunn in the Irish language, for example, means the same as Dan in the Hebrew: judge.
But the northern colony of Danites was taken to Assyria
in the captivity,
and thence with the rest of the Ten Tribes they traveled from Assyria by the overland route.
After leaving Assyrian captivity, they first inhabited the land just west of the Black Sea before migrating northwest.
And we find in the directions they journeyed a nation, Denmark today,
which is named Danmark by its inhabitants, meaning Dan's Borderland or march.
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