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
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.