(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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