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Easton's Bible Dictionary

 

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Canaan
        (1.) The fourth son of Ham (Gen. 10:6). His descendants were
        under a curse in consequence of the transgression of his father
        (9:22-27). His eldest son, Zidon, was the father of the
        Sidonians and Phoenicians. He had eleven sons, who were the
        founders of as many tribes (10:15-18).
        (2.) The country which derived its name from the preceding.
        The name as first used by the Phoenicians denoted only the
        maritime plain on which Sidon was built. But in the time of
        Moses and Joshua it denoted the whole country to the west of the
        Jordan and the Dead Sea (Deut. 11:30). In Josh. 5:12 the LXX.
        read, "land of the Phoenicians," instead of "land of Canaan."
        The name signifies "the lowlands," as distinguished from the
        land of Gilead on the east of Jordan, which was a mountainous
        district. The extent and boundaries of Canaan are fully set
        forth in different parts of Scripture (Gen. 10:19; 17:8; Num.
        13:29; 34:8). (See CANAANITES T0000705, PALESTINE T0002828.)

Bibliography Information
Easton, Matthew George. M.A., D.D., "Biblical Meaning for 'Canaan' Eastons Bible Dictionary".
bible-history.com - Eastons; 1897.

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