In this introductory lecture by Dr. William J. Neidinger we examine three topics: 1) the definitions, paradigms, and parameters we will use in examining the racial and religious history of the Land of Canaan; 2) the geography of the Middle East; and 3) a brief look at the Canaanites.

In this introductory lecture by Dr. William J. Neidinger we examine three topics: 1) the definitions, paradigms, and parameters we will use in examining the racial and religious history of the Land of Canaan; 2) the geography of the Middle East; and 3) a brief look at the Canaanites.

Canaan is an ancient term for a region approximating present-day Israel , the West Bank and the Gaza Strip , plus adjoining coastal lands and parts of Lebanon , Syria , and Jordan .

Canaanites are mentioned extensively in the Bible, as well as in Mesopotamian and Ancient Egyptian texts. According to the Bible, the land of Canaan was the "promised land" which God gave to Abraham and his descendants. The Canaanites themselves, however, were considered to be the implacable enemies of the Israelites, who practiced a decadent and idolatrous religion. Contemporary archaeologists, however, see much continuity between the Canaanite population and the early Israelites, with whom they shared a common language and customs.

The term "Canaan land" is also used as a metaphor for any land of promise or spiritual state of liberation from oppression. Moses ' journey from Egypt to the promised land of Canaan thus symbolizes a people's journey from oppression to freedom, from sin to grace.

In this introductory lecture by Dr. William J. Neidinger we examine three topics: 1) the definitions, paradigms, and parameters we will use in examining the racial and religious history of the Land of Canaan; 2) the geography of the Middle East; and 3) a brief look at the Canaanites.

Canaan is an ancient term for a region approximating present-day Israel , the West Bank and the Gaza Strip , plus adjoining coastal lands and parts of Lebanon , Syria , and Jordan .

Canaanites are mentioned extensively in the Bible, as well as in Mesopotamian and Ancient Egyptian texts. According to the Bible, the land of Canaan was the "promised land" which God gave to Abraham and his descendants. The Canaanites themselves, however, were considered to be the implacable enemies of the Israelites, who practiced a decadent and idolatrous religion. Contemporary archaeologists, however, see much continuity between the Canaanite population and the early Israelites, with whom they shared a common language and customs.

The term "Canaan land" is also used as a metaphor for any land of promise or spiritual state of liberation from oppression. Moses ' journey from Egypt to the promised land of Canaan thus symbolizes a people's journey from oppression to freedom, from sin to grace.

Person . Canaan, which means merchant, trader or one that humbles or subdues,  is the fourth son of Ham , son of Noah (Genesis 10:6). He is known as the founder of various nations. He is placed on the bible timeline chart after the Great Flood .

Before the Israelite conquest, he peopled the seacoast of Palestine. His eldest son, Zidon , is known as the father of the Sidonians and Phoenicians . He had eleven sons, who were the founders of as many tribes (Genesis 10:15-18).

Canaan also refers to a civilization situated close to Palestine that the eastern Mediterranean coast and is bordered by Lebanon on the north, Egypt on the south, and the Jordan River on the east.

Land of Canaan - Jewish Virtual Library


Canaan - Ancient History Encyclopedia

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