Most Jews and Christians know the basic story of the Hebrew Exodus from Egypt, in which Moses took his people on a march through the Red Sea to freedom in the Promised Land. But there is another exciting and little known part of the story, telling of the Hebrew Tribe of Dan who sailed away from Egyptian bondage to the land of Greece to found the ancient Hellenic civilization. Biblical prophecies were fulfilled by them also!
IN THE DAYS OF THE PHARAOHS, we read of an adventurous hero named Danaos and his followers who dwelled in Egypt. Then came an event — or series of events now corrupted by the mists of time — which caused them to be exiled by the Egyptians. Recorded history then tells us that they boarded ships in Egypt and sailed away to establish new homes in Greece.
The beginning of Greek history is often dated to this “exile” of Danaos and his followers — called Danaoi or Danaan — from Egypt. This event has been dated by historians to about 1450 to 1493 B.C. However, it is significant that the Hebrew Exodus from Egypt is dated to the very same time period: 1447 to 1491 B.C. Are these two events related? Could indeed the Danaan “exile” from Egypt have been a part of the Hebrew “Exodus”? An analysis of ancient records indicates that this was indeed the case.