The Tribe of Dan
The Tribe of Dan, one of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, was known as Israel’s defender. The Danites were also known as seafarers. That much is in the Bible and more. Samson, who slew smote the Philistines hip and thigh, was the ultimate Danite, Judges 13:24 to 16:31. He slew 1,000 with the jawbone of an ass. Danites were charioteers who guarded Israel’s borders. They were also the only seafaring Israelites and may have emigrated to Mycenae, or had a colony there, after the Exodus for a people shows up in that region known to Homer as the Danaoi who subsequently leave the area for parts unknown. Among the golden grave ornaments in their Greek home at Mycenae was found one that seems to depict the Ark of the Covenant.
Another legend says that the Danites knew the secret places under the Temple Mount and rescued the Ark of Covenant taking it to a place of safety. The Dome of the Rock, a Muslim shrine, sits atop Temple Mount. There are voids and passages underneath but Muslims do not want them explored. They deny the existence of Solomon’s Temple and do not want it found as it would enhance an ancient Jewish claim to Palestine. If the Ark was hidden there, or even if it remains there, this might never be known. But, perhaps it was removed by the Danites.
From Mycenae, where did the Danites go? 200 years B.C., during the Roman Republic, Rome was already importing tin from Cornwall in England. Julius Caesar sailed to and fought campaigns in England. It isn’t difficult to believe that people in this dark age might have sailed to Ireland. Irish legend says that the prophet Jeremiah sailed to Ireland with Princess Tea Tephi, a member of the Israelite royal family. As evidence they present the national symbol, a harp, which is also associated with King David.
There is comment here on Biblical history and on legend. Nothing is said about Mormon theology or the Mormon assassins known as Danites who punished apostasy with throat slitting, an act of love as this was the only way the apostates sin could be forgiven. These were men like Brigham Young’s adoptive son, Porter Rockwell, whose real record of murder put the legendary exploits Clay Allison and Billy the Kid and even John Wesley Hardin to shame.