Dathan

One of the leaders of Korah's rebellion against Moses.

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Moses then spoke: "By this you shall know that it was the Lord who sent me to do all these things; that they are not of my own devising: if these men die as all men do, if their lot be the common fate of all mankind, it was not the Lord who sent me. But if the Lord brings about something unheard-of, so that the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that belongs to them, and they go down alive into Sheol, you shall know that these men have spurned the Lord (Numbers 16:2830)."

As soon as he finished speaking, the earth opened, and Korah, Dathan, Abiram, and their followers, with their tents and all their possessions, fell inside. The earth closed upon them, and they all perished. Eleazar the priest took the fire pans of the rebels and made with them broad plates for the covering of the altar, to remind the people that only the descendants of Aaron were entitled to offer incense to God.

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David Mandel studied at the University of Pennsylvania under Bible scholar Moshe Greenberg, and moved to Israel in 1970, where he founded Computronic Corporation, an Israeli software development company that specializes in biblical software.