11 Facts About Canaan


Canaan was a Semitic-speaking civilization and region in the Ancient Near East during the late 2nd millennium BC.

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Canaan had significant geopolitical importance in the Late Bronze Age Amarna Period as the area where the spheres of interest of the Egyptian, Hittite, Mitanni and Assyrian Empires converged or overlapped.

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Name "Canaan" appears throughout the Bible, where it corresponds to "the Levant", in particular to the areas of the Southern Levant that provide the main settings of the narratives of the Bible: the Land of Israel, Philistia, and Phoenicia, among others.

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English term "Canaan" comes from the Hebrew (), via the Koine Greek and the Latin.

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The majority of Canaan is covered by the Eastern Mediterranean conifer–sclerophyllous–broadleaf forests ecoregion.

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Reference to Ammiya being "in the land of Canaan" is found on the Statue of Idrimi from Alalakh in modern Syria.

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Lebanon, in northern Canaan, bordered by the Litani river to the watershed of the Orontes River, was known by the Egyptians as upper Retjenu.

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Greeks popularized the term Palestine, named after the Philistines or the Aegean Pelasgians, for roughly the region of Canaan, excluding Phoenicia, with Herodotus' first recorded use of Palaistine, c BC.

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Canaan included what today are Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, northwestern Jordan, and some western areas of Syria.

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Canaan appears during the narrative known as the curse of Ham, in which Canaan is cursed with perpetual slavery because his father Ham had "looked upon" the drunk and naked Noah.

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Canaan is the father of Sidon, his firstborn; and of the Hittites, Jebusites, Amorites, Girgashites, Hivites, Arkites, Sinites, Arvadites, Zemarites, and Hamathites.

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