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Only 11 Tribes of Israel? Controversial Findings Reveal Danites Might Not Be Sons of Israel But Sons Of Greece

Only 11 Tribes of Israel? Controversial Findings Reveal Danites Might Not Be Sons of Israel But Sons Of Greece

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Three thousand-year-old archaeological discoveries that came to light recently at Tel Dan in northern Israel, indicate that the Danites were possibly Aegean (Greek) soldiers hired by Canaan's Egyptian rulers to keep peace. In other words, Samson and other ancient Israelites mentioned in the Book of Judges in the Hebrew Bible could have been Greek in blood and origin.

The Tribe of Dan May Not Be an Israelite Tribe After All

The Tribe of Dan might be one of the twelve original "Israelite tribes" and symbolize the lands of Israel to many people around the world, but according to the new archaeological finds the Danites probably weren’t Israelites in blood. Instead, it appears like the Danites originated with mercenaries hired from ancient Greece (Aegean in specific) and Syria by the Egyptian rulers of Canaan to keep order. In accordance with the Bible, after the Israelites invaded and controlled Canaan, they split the land between the Israelite tribes, excluding the tribe of Dan. Disappointed with such injustice, the Danites decided to go northward, and conquer the city of Laish. After their victory they rebuilt the city and renamed it after their ancestor. What makes things more interesting is that recent excavations have unearthed a large neighborhood from the 12-11th century BC that clearly shows enthralling Greek (Aegean) influences.

Mosaic of the 12 Tribes of Israel. From Givat Mordechai Etz Yosef synagogue facade, Ha Rav Gold street, in Jerusalem. The tribe of Dan is represented in the top right

Mosaic of the 12 Tribes of Israel. From Givat Mordechai Etz Yosef synagogue facade, Ha Rav Gold street, in Jerusalem. The tribe of Dan is represented in the top right ( public domain )

The Recent Finds Relight Longstanding Academic Debates

The recent discoveries have revived long-established debates among historians over the origin of the Danites and now set a series of questions that need to be answered convincingly: Were the Danites a tribe of Israel that was ignored by the rest local tribes after all or not? Could they be descendants of the Denyen, a group of people that the Egyptians described as Sea Peoples? Or maybe they were related to the Danaoi, one of the Greek tribes? The discoveries at Tel Dan indicate that they could be.

The city of Dan was constructed on a mound near the southern part of Mount Hermon, the highest mountain in the Golan Heights. By 2000 BC, the city had become immense surrounded by huge ramparts, called Laish. By the Late Bronze Age, Laish had established sprawling trade connections with the countries and coastal cities throughout the eastern Mediterranean, including Sidon and Tyre to the north, Egypt to the south most parts of then-Greece to the west.

Tel located about half a kilometer north of Kibbutz Dan, the jurisdiction of the Tel Dan nature reserve in the Hula Valley

Tel located about half a kilometer north of Kibbutz Dan, the jurisdiction of the Tel Dan nature reserve in the Hula Valley ( CC by SA 3.0 )

The Greek Presence and Influence is Undeniable According to the Archaeological Findings

The discovery of a tomb built with rough stones in a style akin to that found in Enkomi, in today's Cyprus, suggests that the ties between Laish and the Greek areas of the Aegean go back to 14 th century BC. Additionally, inside the tomb archaeologists discovered over a hundred ceramic vessels, which according to chemical analysis were made in the Greek city-state of Argos, the center of Mycenaean culture during the Bronze Age.

Metal objects, pipes, crucibles and slag found at Tel Dan Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology

Metal objects, pipes, crucibles and slag found at Tel Dan Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology

The excavations at Tel Dan launched in 1966 and finished in 1999 under the leadership of Avraham Biran, a decorated Israeli archaeologist and head of the Institute of Archaeology at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem. Dr. David Ilan of the Hebrew Union College, the man who restarted the excavation in the area, after examining closely old and new findings, he suggested that the old theory about Danites not beginning as a tribe of Israel, but originating from Greece – first proposed by Michael Astour and Yigal Yadin back in the 1960s), might be right. The excavators at Dan also found vessels decorated with Aegean-style birds, chalices, offering bowls, a model silo, and curious brain-shaped stones that may have been used in ritual, as well as various other objects and artefacts that indicate that the peoples living in Dan were probably a mixed group who brought their habits and traditions from their places of origin.

Dr. David Ilan told haaretz, “The most famous Danite in the Bible is Samson, a quite essential archetype of a Greek hero: He is very strong, his power resides in his long hair, he tells riddles and he hangs out with Philistine women,” while he adds about the mixed cultural background of the findings in the area and the political system of rule the Egyptians practiced in the area, so the foreigners would avoid allegiance with the locals, “This would explain the layers of mixed cultural material at Tel Dan, with elements from Syria, Egypt, Cyprus, and the Aegean. We also have dozens of Egyptian cooking pots! These people served the Egyptians and the Egyptian army but they also included merchants doing business.”

Was famous Danite, Samson, really a Greek? ‘Samson’ by Solomon J Solomon, 1860 – 1927

Was famous Danite, Samson, really a Greek? ‘Samson’ by Solomon J Solomon, 1860 – 1927 ( public domain )

Top image: A mosaic in the Jewish Quarter representing the 12 Tribes of Israel, including the Danites ( CC 2.0 )

By Theodoros Karasavvas

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Get your licks in while you can. You won’t be able to publish articles like this much longer. It will be considered hate speech. Truth has nothing to do with it.

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The Western Europeans are the real Israelites and the USA is now the Mountains of Israel and Zion and Armageddon. Genesis said that "god" gave Jacob the land of the Canaanites to do with as they pleased. The unedited version of Genesis, The Lost Book of Enki, says the gods marked Cain genetically so that he could not grow a beard. The "native americans" can not grow a beard.

The entire government are evil treasonous criminals! The day of the next false flag using the nuke the evil government stole in 2007 and blamed on Iran, America will be annihilated by Russia, China and the SCO. This is the war of Armageddon and you can know it is now because of Planet X and the toxic chemtrails that hide it every day globally for the past decade. Planet X will end the war when it rips the earth apart again but by then 90% of Americans will be dead already. All planned by your evil government and their evil alien masters!

Here are a few articles that may better explain the similarities between the Danites and the Danaans, and, for that matter between the Pelasgians and the Philistines;

https://www.academia.edu/4112686/The_Hebrew_Danites_as_the_Greek_Danaans

https://www.academia.edu/5681942/Aristaeus_the_Pelasgian_Philistine_Samson

I too saw the program on the History channel regarding the ten plagues. It makes a lot of sense how one played off the other, until you get to the tenth. I recently either read or saw a show stating that the tenth plague (death of the first born) could have been human sacrifice committed by the Egyptians to halt the spiraling disaster. Unthinkable, I know but I can see how desperate they might have been with famine (after crop failure and death of animals) and illness. They must have feared what would happen next.

Interesting theory regarding Danites being Greek. It is possible they allied themselves with the invading Hebrews (Israel did not exist yet as a kingdom) having been left high and dry by Egypt during a period of instability. The date discrepancy is a problem, but David Rohl has written several books proposing a "New Chronology" (originally developed by others) that corrects the timeline for the time Hebrews were in Egypt, when they invaded Canaan, when David and Solomon's united Israel was a regional power, etc. He even ties in some legendary figures with likely historical persons, based on phonetic derivations of their names in Egyptian and other languages of the area. He also shows in one book how there are ruins that were likely occupied by Hebrews in different time periods corresponding to their arrival during the time of Joseph and their departure in the time of Moses. Although tradition says Rameses was the pharaoh of Exodus, it likely was another pharaoh and there are records suggesting the 10 plagues. I recently saw something on maybe History Channel or similar that showed how the 10 plagues actually could derive off of each other - the river runs red due to algae eruption, that brings the next plague (frogs?), which brings the next (sickness due to dying frogs?), etc. (sorry I can't reember my plagues). The quote Mr. Hamilton provides is really only one guy's opinion on why things don't match up, who maybe has an agenda to prove that things don't add up, when there are proposed theories that do line up the historical record with the Bible without a lot of twisting.

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