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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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The invasion of the Israelites will be this coming October.
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I agree with Mr. Mahler that finding Greek pottery proves nothing except that there was active trade with Greece. However,if they were Greek by blood, it might explain why they attacked Laish which was built near a mountain and might have reminded them of their mountainous home country (mental shrug).

It is true that archaeology has shown that the Hebrews were indeed in Egypt, but much earlier than the reign of Ramses the Great who was mace popular as the pharaoh of Egypt by Cecil B. DeMille in “The Ten Commandments”. A colorful theory but not probable primarily for 2 reasons. 1. If the ten plagues indeed occurred, Egypt would have been in turmoil for at least a generation afterwards and there is no such record at that time.

2. The pharaoh that followed Ramesis, his son Merneptah,  invaded Canaan. A stele recording his victory over Israel, the first description of them discovered so far, described his victor, stating Israel is laid waste and his seed is no more. It is unlikely that the Israelites would have created a nation worthy of such note in such a short time, especially of they wandered in the desert for 40 years.

Archaeology has indicated that the “Invasion of the Israelites” was more of a slow migration into a society that was already in decline.

Yahweh did have a wife called Asherah, a Canaanite goddess. Archaeology has unearthed statues of her that date to pre-Babylonian exile. When the Israelites returned, she was no longer worshipped though there are oblique, probable references to her later in the Bible where prophets called on the people to destroy all the “high places” which were typically places where she had been worshipped.

This article is like going to modern Uganda and discovering vessels and utensils there made in China, England, the united States and other non African countries and finding out that the people speaks English and then making the logical conclusion that Uganda is English with influences from China and not African at all.

here's the problem with your list...some of those words descend from an ancient river goddess' name..some of the names mean yellow..and one means fort.

I certainly think the tribe of Dan could be Greek...and Samson always reminded me of Heracles but one must be careful throwing names on the wall hoping they will stick.

There is also one account that the Isalites paid Sparta a visit.

Jacob himself described Dan's future, and said that his people would wander, and leave sign posts wherever they went. Hence, you have Danube, Dneister, Dneper, Denmark, Donnegal, Dunne, etc. At a certain time in history, Greece was where it was happening, as well as western Turkey. The red Jews of Zerah were long established there. I also had an inspiration: could the Spartans be the Sparring Dans. The Irish always loved a good fight.

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