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(day' than) Personal name meaning, “fountain” or “warring.” The son of Eliab and brother from the tribe of a Reuben, Dathan and his brother Abiram were leaders of a revolt challenging Moses' authority over the Israelites. The attempted coup failed, and Dathan and Abiram, along with their families, were swallowed up by the earth (Numbers 16:1 ). See Numbers; Abiram .

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Dathan'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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