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Canaanites
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The people group living in the land of Canaan prior to and during the rise of the Israelites.The history of the Canaanites is debated; Lemche, Thompson, and Davies have gone so far as to say that the Canaanites were fictional antagonists invented to oppose the Israelite protagonists (Lemche, The Canaanites and Their Land, 7). This extremist position, however, is not the norm in ancient Near East studies.The land of Canaan changed shape and size over time. The way the word is used in the Amarna letters suggests that “the whole of Egypt’s province in the Levant was called ‘Canaan,’ ” (Drews, Canaanites and Philistines, 47). Neo-Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, and Greek sources make no mention of Canaan, suggesting that by the eighth century, the geographical region was no longer known by that name.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Canaanites
Canaanites The people group living in the land of Canaan prior to and during the rise of the Israelites.The history of the Canaanites is debated; Lemche, Thompson, and Davies have gone so far as to say that the Canaanites were fictional antagonists invented to oppose the Israelite protagonists (Lemche,
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Canaan, Canaanites
Canaan, Canaanites. Palestinian territory (the Promised Land) west of the Jordan River, settled by the Israelites at the time of Joshua’s leadership. Portions of southern Syria were also frequently considered part of Canaanite territory, the northern borders of which were never clearly defined. The pre-Israelite
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Canaan
CANAAN, CANAANITE. A personal name applied to the youngest son of Ham (Gen 9:18); a tribal name for peoples supposedly descended from him; and a geographical name describing the territory occupied by those descendants.As tribal name, Gen 10:15–19 lists eleven subdivisions, Ex 13:5 lists five, Ex 23:23
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Canaan, Canaanites
CANAAN, CANAANITES. A Semitic-speaking people and their territory, principally in Phoenicia. Their racial affinities are at present uncertain.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Canaanites
Canaanites [kāˊnə nīts] (Heb. kena˓a).† The inhabitants of Canaan prior to the Israelite conquest; also an appellation for merchants.
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
Canaan; Canaanites
CANAAN; CANAANITES A name found in the Bible in the table of nations (Gen. 10:6), as well as in the cuneiform, Egyptian and Phoenician texts, and later also in Greek and Roman historical texts. In all of these sources Canaan is used both as a geographical term and as an ethnic appellation. According
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Canaanites the
Ca´naanites, The, a word used in two senses:1. A tribe which inhabited a particular locality of the land west of the Jordan before the conquest; and 2. The people who inhabited generally the whole of that country.1. In Gen. 10:18–20 the seats of the Canaanite tribe are given as on the seashore and
Cananæan
Cananæ´an. Matt. 10:4. Used in the Revised Version in place of “Canaanite.” [See Canaanite.]
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Canaan, Canaanites
CA´NAAN, CA´NAANITES (kāʹnan, kāʹna-nīt). In Gen. 10:6, 15–18, Canaan is listed as the fourth son of Ham, the father of “Sidon, his first-born, and Heth and the Jebusite and the Amorite and the Girgashite and the Hivite and the Arkite and the Sinite and the Arvadite and the Zemarite and the Hamathite.”
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Canaanites
Canaanitesthe descendants of Canaan, the son of Ham. Migrating from their original home, they seem to have reached the Persian Gulf, and to have there sojourned for some time. They thence “spread to the west, across the mountain chain of Lebanon to the very edge of the Mediterranean Sea, occupying all
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Canaanites
CANAANITES [KANE un ites] — an ancient tribe that lived in the land of Canaan before they were displaced by the nation of Israel. The Canaanites, along with the Amorites, settled the land well before 2000 b.c. Archaeological exploration of their native land and adjacent territories has provided information
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
CANAAN; CANAANITES
CANAAN; CANAANITES<ka’-nan>, <ka’-nan-its> (כְּנַעַן‎ [kenàan]; [Χαναάν, Chanaan]):Canaan is stated in Genesis 10:6 to have been a son of Ham and brother of Mizraim, or Egypt. This indicates the Mosaic period when the conquerors of the XVIIIth and XIXth Egyptian Dynasties made Canaan for a time
CHANAAN; CHANAANITE
CHANAAN; CHANAANITE<ka’-nan>, <ka’-na-an>, <ka’-nan-it> ([Χαναάν, Chanaan]), the King James Version in the Apocrypha (Judith 5:3, 16) and New Testament (Acts 7:11; 13:19) for the Revised Version (British and American) CANAAN, CANAANITE (which see).
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Chanaan
Chanaan.—1. The fourth son of Sem (Gen. 9:25ff; 10:6–15).—2. More frequently “Land of Chanaan,” interpreted to mean lowland, from the Semitic cana (to humble, subdue). It generally denotes the country west of the Jordan and the Dead Sea to the Mediterranean. As the name “lowland” would indicate, it originally