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English Bible Dictionary

The Canaanites, non-Israelite inhabitants of Canaan

 

A word used in two senses:

Applied as a general name to the non-Israelite inhabitants of the land, as we have already seen was the case with "Canaan." Instances of this are, (Genesis 12:6; Numbers 21:3) The Canaanites were descendants of Canaan. Their language was very similar to the Hebrew. The Canaanites were probably given to commerce; and thus the name became probably in later times an occasional synonym for a merchant.

 

* See other occurrences of the same term: The Canaanites.

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