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Generation No. 24


Born: 1703 BC in Haran, Pandanaram

Married: abt. 1685 BC in Moab  ?                       (Age:  18+)

Died: 1574 BC in Goshen, Egypt                         (Age:  120)

Father: Jacob

Mother:  Bilhah


Wife: Aphlaleth


Born: Moab

Died:  Goshen, Egypt

Father:  Chamudan




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Notes for Aphlaleth:

Aphlaleth is only mentioned three times in Jasher.

Not much is known about Aphlaleth although she was a Moabite.

After being married to Dan, she remained barren but it is not known for how long, but when she did have a son, he was deaf and mute.  (15)


Notes for Dan:

His name in Hebrew is: דן Dân (dawn) Strongs #: 1835; judge.

Jacob, Dan’s father was 90 when Dan was born.

Jacob had already been living in Haran for thirteen years when Dan was born.

At the age of 7, Dan left with his family to return to where Jacob came from and met with a few hardships along the way.  (1)

The place of abode upon arriving in Canaan from Haran was outside the town of Shechem where they stayed 18 months.  (2)

Upon the kidnapping of Dan’s half-sister, Dinah, Dan’s older half-brothers Simeon and Levi laid waste the city of Shechem.

It looked like Dan would be going to his first battle at the age of 8, but it turned out that the Canaanites decided that it wouldn’t be a very good idea.  If two can take a city, then an army of 112 would be devastating.  (3)

At 9, Dan and his family moved to Bethel for a six month stay.

At 10, his step-mother Rachel died at childbirth while bringing Benjamin into the world.

At 15, Dan and his family came again to Shechem but their arrival made headline news amongst the Canaanites since they didn’t want to lose their city again.  This time war was inevitable!

The armies of the seven Canaanite kings came against them, but to make a long story short, Dan and his brothers destroyed the kings as well as seven cites, although it took several days to do it.  (4)  

Dan’s step-mother, Leah died when Dan was 16, and it was after that time that his half-brother Joseph started making a nuisance of himself.  Although Joseph ranked himself better than his brothers, Father Jacob still loved the brat so much that Jacob made a colorful coat for him with long sleeves.  (5)

What was the most annoying were Joseph’s dreams, and since Dan had the gift of interpreting dreams it made him dislike his half-brother all the more!  (6)

The only relief from Joseph was to look after the cattle with his brothers in Shechem (they had been dwelling in Hebron with Grandfather Isaac), but Joseph still found his brothers even when Dan moved with his brothers 15 miles north to Dothan.

Even before Joseph arrived at the camp, Dan planned to be part of the plot to kill Joseph, but Reuben wanted nothing to do with the plan, so Joseph was placed in a pit so Reuben could secretly let Joseph return home.

While Reuben was away from the camp, Dan and his brothers sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for 20 pieces of silver, but Dan later regretted it.

With Joseph being sold to the Ishmaelites and taken to Egypt, Dan and his brothers took Joseph’s coat, tore it and dipped it in the blood of a goat and delivered it to Jacob.  (7)

Twenty years later at the age of 36, Dan was sent to Egypt with his brothers (except Benjamin) to buy corn since there was a severe famine in Canaan.

Upon arriving in Egypt, the brothers met with Zaphnathpaaneah, the stern governor of Egypt who accused the brothers as being spies.  Then Simeon was bound in prison and the brothers were instructed to bring their youngest brother with them on their next trip to prove that they weren’t spies.  (8)

Therefore, the brothers returned home with their grain, but were forced to return to Egypt 14 months later with Benjamin, much to the sorrow of Jacob.  (9)

Upon Dan and his brother’s return back to, troubles began after Dan and his brothers had dined with the governor, and that was when Benjamin was accused of stealing the Governor’s cup.  However, the excitement didn’t really begin until the governor said that he would use Benjamin as a slave in his house.  (10)

This act grieved Dan and his brethren, but it wasn’t until the governor saw that the brothers were willing to fight for their younger brother that he reviewed himself to them that Zaphnathpaaneah was actually Joseph.

This act both gladdened and frightened Dan.

Dan returned home with all his brethren telling Jacob the glad tidings in which they made the trip back to Egypt with the whole family, and was able to witness the joyous reunion of father and son in Egypt.  (11)

Seventeen years later, when Dan was 57, his father died and requested to be buried in the Cave of Machpelah, but the funeral procession was halted for short time by Dan’s Uncle Esau.  (12)

Because of the battle at the Cave of Machpelach, another one ensued with the Edomites in which some Edomites were taken captive and taken to Egypt.  Having captive Edomites in Egypt for slaves to the Israelites was considered a shame to the Edomites, so war was waged against the Children of Jacob as well as the Egyptians, but the Edomites ended up losing the battle the third time.  (13)

After Dan had lived in Egypt for 80 years, he died at the age of 120.  (14)


More About Dan:

Burial: 1387BC in Eshtael, Canaan

Notes for Hushim:

His name in Hebrew is: חשם Chûshîm (khoo-sheem’) Strongs #: 2366; hasters.

Not much is known about Hushim although he is known as “Chushim” in Jasher.

Hushim was both deaf and mute although he could understand consternation.

It is not known at how old Hushim was at the death of his grandfather Jacob, but he would have to be over 17.

He traveled with his father and uncles to the Cave of Machpelah, in which they were met by his great-uncle Esau.

Being deaf and dumb, he couldn’t understand why his grandfather Jacob wasn’t being buried, so after inquiring the reason why the alarm and dread of the arguments going on with his uncles and father, he was told (possibly in early sign language) that Esau was claiming that the cave was his although Hushim’s uncles had the papers to prove that it was the other way around.

This argument had come to blows, so Hushim grabbed a sword and ran at his great-uncle Esau and beheaded him.  This action stopped the battle so Jacob could be buried while the Edomites could only watch the burial.  (16)

Hushim is no longer mentioned in Jasher after this although it can be surmised that he died in Goshen in his later years.  If he was part of the Egyptian slavery, we are not told.

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