Thomas Paine says in Genesis xiv., the writer gives an account of Lot being taken prisoner and that when the account of Lot being taken came to Abraham, that he pursued them unto Dan. (ver. 14.). The Book of judges (chapter xviii. ver. 27) says the Danites "came unto Laish to a people that were quiet and secure, and they smote them with the edge of the sword [the Bible is filled with murder] and burned the city with fire; and they built a city, (ver. 28,) and dwelt therein, and [ver. 29,] they called the name of the city Dan, after the name of Dan, their father; howbeit the name of the city was Laish at the first.”Chris OConnor wrote:Fascinating find, Robert. I'd be interested in seeing a response from Stahrwe on this. Did the city really exist and scholars have it wrong?
This account of the Danites taking possession of Laish and changing it to Dan, is placed in the book of Judges immediately after the death of Samson. The death of Samson is said to have happened B.C. 1120 and that of Moses B.C. 1451; and, therefore, according to the historical arrangement, the place was not called Dan till 331 years after the death of Moses.