According to Joshua 15:20,33, it was Judah. According to Joshua 19:40,41, it was Dan.

So, which was it?

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(33) In the valley—i.e., the Shephêlah, or plain of the coast. Of the fourteen that follow in Joshua 15:33-36, Conder identifies ten. Eshtaol, and Zoreah, were afterwards assigned to Dan (Joshua 19:41).


With the exception of Zorah and Eshtaol, border towns to the tribe of Dan (Joshua 19:41; Judges 13:25), famous in the history of Samson (see Judges 13-16.)

Keil and Delitzsch:

The most northerly part of this district was given up to the tribe of Dan on the second division

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