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Judges 18:29-30

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18:29 They named it Dan after their ancestor, who was one of Israel’s sons. 1  But the city’s name used to be Laish. 18:30 The Danites worshiped 2  the carved image. Jonathan, descendant 3  of Gershom, son of Moses, 4  and his descendants 5  served as priests for the tribe of Dan until the time of the exile.

1 tn Heb “They called the name of the city Dan, after the name of Dan their father, who had been born to Israel.”

2 tn Heb “erected for themselves.”

3 tn Heb “son.”

4 tc Several ancient textual witnesses, including some LXX mss and the Vulgate, support the reading “Moses” (מֹשֶׁה, mosheh) here. Many Hebrew mss have a nun (נ) suspended above the name between the first two letters (מנשׁה), suggesting the name Manasseh (מְנַשֶּׁה, mÿnasheh). This is probably a scribal attempt to protect Moses’ reputation. For discussion, see G. F. Moore, Judges (ICC), 401-2.

5 tn Heb “sons.”



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