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Dan (Hebrew: דן, Dān; Greek: Δαν, Dān; Latin: Dan; "Name means::judged"), (b. Born::Tammuz 2249 AM), was the fifth son of Jacob and first son of Bilhah. He is the ancestor of the Tribe of Dan.

Probable birth date

Possibly in the early fall of 2248 AM, Rachel protested to Jacob concerning her lack of children. She told Jacob that if he didn't "give" her children, she would die. Jacob retorted in anger that he did not stand in the place of God, Who alone decided questions of that sort. So Rachel offered her handmaid, Bilhah, as her surrogate.

Dan was born in the next summer, and Rachel said, "God has judged me, and heard my voice, and given me a son." (Genesis 30:1-6 , Genesis 35:25 )

Dan's place in the birth order of the sons of Jacob, and the placement of the birth of Joseph in the fourteenth year of the service of Jacob to Laban, implies the year and season of Dan's birth.[1]

Entry into Egypt

In Entry into Egypt::Teveth 2298 AM, Dan came to Egypt permanently, having visited Egypt twice before to buy grain during the famine of ({{#show: Famine in Egypt|?Began}}-{{#show: Famine in Egypt|?Ended}}). He was 49 years old at the time and had one named son, father of::Hushim. (Genesis 46:23 )

See Also


  1. Jones, Floyd N. The Chronology of the Old Testament. Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2004, p. 278.