[b-hebrew] Dan (was: Where Was Jacob's Ladder)

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Sun Nov 11 21:29:25 EST 2007


Of course I know about the "sea peoples" group called the "Danannoi". But 
that's hardly relevant to what Karl was claiming, that "Dan" was a common 
Semitic place name. As I wrote - I know of no other place called Dan.

Yigal Levin
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From: "George Athas" <george.athas at moore.edu.au>
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Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Dan (was: Where Was Jacob's Ladder)


>>> The first reference I heard of a "Dan" outside of the Bible
> referred
>>> to a kingdom in what is now southern Turkey, along the coast, that
> was
>>> named Dan. That kingdom was overthrown between 1300-1100 BC. I came
>>> across a couple of other mentioned places, but did not follow up on
>>> them.
>>
>> I've been studying the history of the ANE for 20 years and have
> never
>> heard of such a place.
>
>
>
> The reference is not to a place in what is now southern Turkey, but
> rather to a people group. They have been variously called DANOI,
> DANAOI, or DANAANOI (or other close variants). Sometimes they are
> associated with the Sea Peoples and there is one theory that the
> Danites were these people arrived in the Levant. They may be mentioned
> in the Phoenician inscription of Kilamuwa from Zencirli, Turkey
> (ancient Sam'al/Ya'di). They are probably mentioned in Homer's Iliad.
>
>
>
> Best Regards,
>
> GEORGE ATHAS
> Moore Theological College (Sydney)
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