Dan in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
(dan, "judge"; Dan).
The fifth of Jacob's sons, the first borne to him by Bilhah,
the maid of Rachel, to whom, as the child of her slave, he
legally belonged. At his birth Rachel, whose barrenness had
been a sore trial to her, exclaimed "God hath judged me ....
and hath given me a son," so she called his name Dan, i.e.
"judge" (Gen 30:6). He was full brother of Naphtali. In
Jacob's Blessing there is an echo of Rachel's words, "Dan
shall judge his people" (Gen 49:16). Of the patriarch Dan
almost nothing is recorded. Of his sons at the settlement in
Egypt only one, Hushim, is mentioned (Gen 46:23). The name in
Nu 26:42 is Shuham...
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