The question of the whereabouts of the Lost Tribes is an important
one in that as we have stated before, all the prophesies in the Bible
apply not just to the tribe of Judah but to all the descendants of the
Children of Israel.
One tribe above all others has been cited as showing its ubiquitous
nature. The Tribe of Dan and the vast numbers of geographical names
which include D-N has been used as evidence by some that this tribe
passed that way. Thus the rivers Don and Danube, as well as the lesser
known Danaper and Danaster. Denmark itself of course and the Welsh and
Spanish connections with Don have all been used to prove that the Tribe
passed that way in its wanderings even before their exile by the
We will of course study this in depth at a later date. Today I want
to investigate a strange story which will link up and add one more piece
to the proof of the revised chronology.
Eldad ben Mahli ha-Dani commonly known as ELDAD THE DANITE was a 9th
century Jewish traveler and philologist. The Encyclopedia Britannica
describes him thus :-
"Probably originally from southern Arabia, Eldad visited
Mesopotamia, Egypt, North Africa, and Spain and caused a stir by his
account of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel. He himself claimed to be a
descendant of the Danites, who, together with the tribes of Naphtali,
Asher, and Gad, were said to have established a Jewish kingdom in Cush
(Kush), variously interpreted as Ethiopia or, roughly, present-day
It is how and when the tribe of Dan got to Ethiopia which is
fascinating for our chronology.
The account can be found in Louis Ginzberg's monumental work "The
Legends of the Jews".
Eldad recounts that at the time of Jeroboam after his return from
Egypt and the breakup of the Kingdom into two parts (Judah and Benjamin
under Rehoboam in the South and the rest of the tribes under Jeroboam in
the North) the Northern King had a plan to attack Judah and once again
have a United Kingdom. Jeroboam put that plan to the elders of the 10
The elders suggested that the job of attacking the south should be
placed in the hands of the Tribe of Dan who were referred to as "the
most efficient of their warriors".
The tribe of Dan however refused the request to attack the South
believing it a sin to attack and shed the blood of their fellow Children
of Israel. They actually threatened to attack Jeroboam instead,
according to Eldad.
This was averted only because "God prompted the Danites to leave the
promised land" ....their destination, Egypt!
It should be a simple task to confirm this story therefore in the
Egyptian records. Is there any historical document in Egypt that shows
the tribe of Dan invading? Well under the conventional chronology this
would have been at the end of the 21st dynasty and there is no such
However under the revised chronology we are in for a tremendous
surprise and next week we will not only find the invasion records we
will finally be able to solve one of the questions that have been
perplexing scholars for generations. The true identity of the so-called
Sea Peoples. Stay tuned.
Michael S. Sanders
Wednesday, June 10, 1998