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Selected Excerpts on Canaan (Palestine)

Egypt, Canaan, and Israel in Ancient Times
Donald B. Redford - Prince University 1992
Library of Congress # DT 82.5 P19 R43

The Neolithic of the Levant
A.M.T. Moore - Oxford University

Neolithic 2 : Palestine (Page 211)

Neolithic 3 : Palestine (Pages 359 - 360)

Neolithic 3 : South Palestine (Pages 360 - 368)

Neolithic 3 : North Palestine (Pages 368 - 380)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

Canaan: The fourth son of Ham ...... (Genesis 10:6)

And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut and Canaan

His descendants were under a curse in consequence of the transgression of his father

(Genesis 9:22-27) [Listen Using Real Player 8]

9:22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his
father and told his two brethren without.

9:23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it upon both their shoulders and went backward and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward and they saw not their father's nakedness.

9:24 And Noah awoke from his wine and knew what
his younger son had done unto him.

9:25 And he said Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants
shall he be unto his brethren.

9:26 And he said Blessed be the LORD God of Shem;
and Canaan shall be his servant.

9:27 God shall enlarge Japheth and he shall dwell in the tents
of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

His eldest son Zidon was the father of the Sidonians and Phoenicians. He had eleven sons who were the founders of as many tribes

(Genesis 10:15-18) [Listen Using Real Player 8]

10:15 And Canaan begat Sidon his firstborn and Heth,

10:16 And the Jebusite and the Amorite and the Girgasite

10:17 And the Hivite and the Arkite and the Sinite

10:18 And the Arvadite and the Zemarite and the Hamathite:
and afterward were the families of the Canaanites spread abroad.

...... The country which derived its name from the preceding. In the time of Moses and Joshua it denoted the whole country to the west of the Jordan and the Dead Sea.

Hypertext Webster Gateway / Crosswalk Bible Study Tools

The land known as Canaan was situated in the territory of the southern Levant which today encompasses Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Jordan and the southern portions of Syria and Lebanon. Throughout time many names have been given to this area including Palestine, Eretz-Israel, Bilad es-Shem, the Holy Land and Djahy. The earliest known name for this area was Canaan. The inhabitants of Canaan were never ethnically or politically unified as a single nation. They did however share sufficient similarities in language and culture to be described together as Canaanites.

Israel refers to both a people within Canaan and later to the political entity formed by those people. To the authors of the Bible Canaan is the land which the tribes of Israel conquered after an Exodus from Egypt and the Canaanites are the people they disposed from this land. The Old Testament of the Bible (also known as Tanak) is principally concerned with the religious history of Israel in Canaan.

Other Online Links

1. Canaanite/Ugaritic Mythology FAQ
Christopher B. Siren

2. The History and Culture of the Canaanites
and Phoenicians (Lilinah biti-Anat)

3. Canaan /Palestine/Israel (Mid East Web)
A Brief Early History in Maps

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