The city of Dan was, practically speaking, the northernmost city of Israel in the Old Testament. When the writers of Scripture wanted to speak of all Israel (from north to south), they would say “from Dan to Beersheba.” The land was not originally allotted to the tribe of Dan, but they settled here after they were unable to drive out the Philistines in their own land. This is where Northern King Jeroboam set up one of two golden calves to replace worship in Jerusalem.

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Bible Reference

  • Judges 20:1; 1 Samuel 3:20; 2 Samuel 3:10; 17:11; 24:2,15; 1 Kings 4:25
    "From Dan to Beersheba."
  • Genesis 14:13-16
    Abram travels up from Hebron to rescue Lot.
  • Judges 18
    Tribe of Dan settles in north rather than the allotted inheritance near Judah.
  • 1 Kings 12:26-33
    Jeroboam sets up golden calf. 

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