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Monday, March 10 2014
Judges 18: Northern and Southern Dan
"In those days the tribe of the Danites sought them an inheritance to dwell in; for unto that day all their inheritance had not fallen unto them among the tribes of Israel"
The tribe of Dan was relatively unique in that their homeland was in two geographically-divided areas (the only other tribe like that was Manasseh; see the Fact Finder question below). Manasseh's geographic (not political) division happened in the time of Moses (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Moses) and Joshua (again, see the Fact Finder question below), while the geographic (not political) division of Dan began in the time of Joshua (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Joshua) and was completed in the time of the Judges (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Judges).
In the time of Joshua:
"19:40 And the seventh lot [see Joshua 19: The Israel Lottery] came out for the tribe of the children of Dan according to their families. 19:41 And the coast of their inheritance was Zorah, and Eshtaol, and Irshemesh, 19:42 And Shaalabbin, and Ajalon, and Jethlah, 19:43 And Elon, and Thimnathah, and Ekron, 19:44 And Eltekeh, and Gibbethon, and Baalath, 19:45 And Jehud, and Beneberak, and Gathrimmon, 19:46 And Mejarkon, and Rakkon, with the border before Japho. 19:47 And the coast of the children of Dan went out too little for them: therefore the children of Dan went up to fight against Leshem, and took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and possessed it, and dwelt therein, and called Leshem, Dan, after the name of Dan their father. 19:48 This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Dan according to their families, these cities with their villages." (Joshua 19:40-48 KJV)
Northern Dan, in northern Galilee (see also The Cities Of Lake Galilee), reached to Mount Hermon (see also The Moses And Elijah Vision). Northern Dan provided for the famous Israelite north to south boundary saying "from Dan to Beersheba."
"18:1 In those days there was no king in Israel: and in those days the tribe of the Danites sought them an inheritance to dwell in; for unto that day all their inheritance had not fallen unto them among the tribes of Israel. 18:2 And the children of Dan sent of their family five men from their coasts, men of valour, from Zorah, and from Eshtaol, to spy out the land, and to search it; and they said unto them, Go, search the land: who when they came to mount Ephraim, to the house of Micah, they lodged there.
This Day In History, March 10
241 BC: The Roman fleet sank 50 Carthaginian ships during the Battle of Aegusa, bringing the First Punic War to an end (see also The Cleopatra Connection).
49 B.C. Julius Caesar "crossed the Rubicon," a small river that separated Cisalpine Gaul from Italy. Caesar's crossing violated a law of the Roman Senate (the Lex Cornelia Majestatis) that stated that a general was not permitted to lead a military force out of the province in which it has been assigned. The action triggered a 3-year civil war that ended with Julius Caesar becoming the ruler of the Roman Republic as it was metastasizing into the Roman empire (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
298: Roman Emperor Maximian concluded his campaign in North Africa against the Berbers and made a triumphal entry into Carthage.
418: Jews were banned from holding public office in the Roman Empire.
1528: Balthasar Hubmaier, a prominent Austrian Anabaptist (see Anabaptists), was burned at the stake as a heretic in Vienna.
1629: King Charles I of England dissolved Parliament, thereby beginning the eleven-year period known as the Personal Rule.
1656: The Virginia Colony extended voting rights to all free (i.e. white) men regardless of their religion.
1831: The French Foreign Legion was established by King Louis-Philippe to support his war in Algeria.
1848: The Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo ended the U.S. war with Mexico.
1922: Mahatma Gandhi was arrested by the British governors of India; he was justifiably convicted of sedition ("an illegal action inciting resistance to lawful authority and tending to cause the disruption or overthrow of the government") and sentenced to 6 years in prison.
1927: Prussia (an area of Germany, not to be confused with Russia) lifted its Nazi ban; Adolf Hitler was then allowed to speak in public (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1945: During the Second World War, 300 U.S. B-29 bombers (with conventional bombs; the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki came a few months later, on August 6 and August 9) bombed Japan's capital in what became known in the U.S. as "the Great Tokyo Air Raid." The resulting firestorm killed 100,000 civilians (the atomic bombings of the other two civilian targets killed or horribly burned another 250,000 men, women and children).
1952: The government of Cuba was overthrown by Fulgencio Batista, who ruled as a Mafia and CIA-backed puppet dictator until 1959 when he was overthrown by the communists led by Fidel Castro. The people of Cuba traded one dictator (one controlled by the western "democratic" nations) for another (one sponsored by the eastern communist nations).
1969: James Earl Ray pleaded guilty to the murder of U.S. civil rights activist Martin Luther King and was sentenced to 99 years in prison.
1973: The governor of Bermuda, Sir Richard Sharples, was assassinated on the grounds of Government House.
1985: Soviet leader Konstantin Chernenko died after only 13 months in office.
1995: The European Union responded belligerently to Canada's seizure of the Spanish fishing ship Estai and its crew in international waters the day before, demanding its release and calling for economic and military retaliatory measures. Prior to its arrest, the Spanish ship was observed violating Canadian law within Canadian waters. Also, a Canadian Navy submarine later recovered the net that the Spanish ship cut while being pursued and found it to have an illegal small-mesh liner that was "vacuuming the ocean" of fish of all sizes, thereby exterminating future fish stocks. The seizure of the Spanish ship and its crew led to weeks of political tension and an escalating high-seas warship standoff between Canada and the rising-superpower European Union (which forced Britain to chose between its European Union membership and "the Canadians that have always been there for us during two world wars" - to which the British government chose Canada; as well, during the crisis hundreds of British fishing boats flew Canadian flags while working off the coast of Europe).