The traditional metropolis of Dan was the northernmost metropolis of Previous Testomony Israel. (You would possibly keep in mind from studying the Previous Testomony the phrase “from Dan even to Beersheba,” which is repeated seven instances. It refers back to the land of Israel from the north to the south.) The excavations at Dan embody town itself in addition to two different important discoveries: Abraham’s Gate and Jeroboam’s Altar.
This gate was uncovered in 1979 however dates again to round 1750 B.C. It might very properly have been the gate Abraham handed by way of as he handed by way of the northern coasts of Canaan.
Now the LORD had mentioned unto Abram, Get thee out of thy nation, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s home, unto a land that I’ll shew thee: And I’ll make of thee a fantastic nation, and I’ll bless thee, and make thy identify nice; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I’ll bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all households of the earth be blessed. So Abram departed, because the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and 5 years previous when he departed out of Haran. (Genesis 12:1–4)
When the dominion of Israel break up throughout the reign of Rehoboam, Jeroboam grew to become king over the northern kingdom of Israel. Sadly, he led Israel into idolatry, establishing tow golden calves—one in Bethel and one in Dan. Stays of this altar are nonetheless seen at Tel Dan.
Then Jeroboam constructed Shechem in mount Ephraim, and dwelt therein; and went out from thence, and constructed Penuel. And Jeroboam mentioned in his coronary heart, Now shall the dominion return to the home of David: If this individuals go as much as do sacrifice in the home of the LORD at Jerusalem, then shall the guts of this individuals flip once more unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and so they shall kill me, and go once more to Rehoboam king of Judah. Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and mentioned unto them, It’s an excessive amount of so that you can go as much as Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which introduced thee up out of the land of Egypt. And he set the one in Bethel, and the opposite put he in Dan. And this factor grew to become a sin: for the individuals went to worship earlier than the one, even unto Dan. (1 Kings 12:25–30)