Dan to Beersheba

Dan to Beersheba

from one outermost extreme to another. [O.T.: Judges 20:1]
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Lake Huleh is the Biblical "Waters of Merom." Dan was the northern and Beersheba the southern limit of Palestine--hence the expression "from Dan to Beersheba." It is equivalent to our phrases "from Maine to Texas"-- "from Baltimore to San Francisco." Our expression and that of the Israelites both mean the same--great distance.
"They plumb e't all the bacon and prunes and sugar and dog-food," Elijah reported, "and gosh darn my buttons, if they didn't gnaw open the sacks and scatter the flour and beans and rice from Dan to Beersheba. I found empty sacks where they'd dragged them a quarter of a mile away."
He and a friend spent three weeks walking the length and breadth of the land, literally from Dan to Beersheba.