Di'naite (Chald. Dinaye´ דִּינָיֵא, of unknown, but probably Median origin, used as a plur.; Sept. Δειναῖοι; Vulg. Dinaei), one of the foreign tribes colonized by the Assyrian general Asnapper in place of the deported Samaritans, and who afterwards joined in the opposition to the efforts of the returned Jews in rebuilding their city (Ezr 4:9). Junius (Comm. in loc.), without any authority, identifies them with the people "known to geographers by the name Dennani;" but there is only a Denna mentioned by ancient writers, and that an obscure town in Africa (Pliny, Hist. Nat. 6:35). Schulthess (Paradies, page 363) vaguely conjectures Daritis, the most southerly province of Media Major (Δαρεῖτις χώρα, Ptolemy, 6:2, 6; Pliny, 6:25; comp. Mannert, V, 2:159), or Dera in Susiana (Δῆρα, Ptolemy, 6:3, 5).

SEE DURA. Ewald (Gesch. d. Volkes Israel, 3:375) suggests the Median city Deinaber.

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