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We Need to Talk About Dan

A nice piece on Rosa Rubicondior’s blog today –

A few facts, all from the Bible itself:

  • Genesis 14:14 And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan.
(Clearly, this could only have been written after there was a place named Dan, just as an account of someone going to, say, New Hampshire, could only have been written during or after 1629 when New Hampshire was first named.)
  • Judges 18:27 And they took the things which Micah had made, and the priest which he had, and came to Laish, to a people that were at quiet and secure: and they smote them with the edge of the sword, and burnt the city with fire.
  • Judges 18:28 And there was no deliverer, because it was far from Zidon, and they had no business with any man; and it was in the valley that lies by Bethrehob. And they built a city, and dwelled therein.
  • Judges 18:29 And they called the name of the city Dan, after the name of Dan their father, who was born unto Israel: howbeit the name of the city was Laish at the first.
So now we can place the writing of Genesis after the events described in Judges 18 since before then, the place was called Laish.
OOPS! Looks like this supposedly ‘inspired’ book is nothing of the sort! Read the rest here.

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2 thoughts on “We Need to Talk About Dan

  1. Rosa has another great on there! I know I've heard the premise somewhere else before, but its still stumps'em, as can be seen…

  2. I'm thinking I might bring this up with Matt Slick someday.

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