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  • n. Plural form of Canaanite.


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  • The enterprise was in all probability the expulsion of the Canaanites from the territory he occupied; and as this was a war of extermination, which God Himself had commanded, His blessing could be the more reasonably asked and expected in preserving them from all the evils to which the undertaking might expose him.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • The indigenous people were usually referred to as the Canaanites, thus prophesying their own genocide so that the invaders could steal their land under some biblical justification.

    ABP News

  • I am the Lord your God -- This renewed mention of the divine sovereignty over the Israelites was intended to bear particularly on some laws that were widely different from the social customs that obtained both in Egypt and Canaan; for the enormities, which the laws enumerated in this chapter were intended to put down, were freely practised or publicly sanctioned in both of those countries; and, indeed, the extermination of the ancient Canaanites is described as owing to the abominations with which they had polluted the land.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • The Canaanites were a sophisticated, ancient tribe that lived in a land bounded in the west by the Mediterranean, east by the Dead Sea, running northward through Syria, and bounded to the south by the land of Judah.


  • One text refers to Canaanites as constantly moving in search of food, constantly fighting, never formally declaring war, and behaving like thieves.

    The Trojan War

  • They were called Canaanites, and spoke a dialectical variety of the Canaanite group of Western

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • In Egypt name of the country seems to be used especially for the sea-coast; at the same time the name Canaanites is also applied to the inhabitants of the mountainous country behind it.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux

  • The destruction of the Canaanites was a severe penalty for their sins, but it was an unspeakable blessing to all the future ages because by it a true faith and a pure worship was preserved.

    The Bible Period by Period A Manual for the Study of the Bible by Periods

  • These have been identified with the Canaanites, and especially the agriculturists among them, for the Palestinian Hittites are also referred to as Canaanites in the Bible, and in one particular connection under circumstances which afford an interesting glimpse of domestic life in those far-off times.

    Myths of Babylonia and Assyria

  • Now, Mr. Newman and you affirm, that to suppose God should have enjoined the destruction of the Canaanites is a contradiction of our moral intuitions; and that for this and similar reasons you cannot believe the Bible to be the word of God.

    The Eclipse of Faith Or, A Visit To A Religious Sceptic


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