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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dan  \Dan\,  n.  [OE.  dan,  danz,  OF  danz  (prop.  only  nom.),  dan, 
  master,  fr  L.  dominus.  See  {Dame}.] 
  A  title  of  honor  equivalent  to  master,  or  sir.  [Obs.] 
 
  Old  Dan  Geoffry  in  gently  spright  The  pure  wellhead  of 
  poetry  did  dwell.  --Spenser. 
 
  What  time  Dan  Abraham  left  the  Chaldee  land.  --Thomson. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dan  \Dan\,  n.  [Etymol.  uncertain.]  (Mining) 
  A  small  truck  or  sledge  used  in  coal  mines. 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Dan 
  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}.) 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Dan,  judgment;  he  that  judges 
 




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