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1 One of the twelve sons of Jacob, by Bilhah, handmaiden of Rachel (Gen 30:1-6); he is the ancestor of the tribe of Dan. 2 One of the twelve tribes of Israel assigned a small piece of land west of Benjamin; when its members were crowded out, however, they migrated north (Josh 19:40-48; Judg 18). 3 A city on the northern border of Israel (“Dan to Beer-sheba” expresses the northern and southern limits of Israel).