CANAAN

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The Israeli-Palestine issue aside, there has never been—and from a historico-biblical perspective there is no rightful claim to—a nation-state of Palestine. The accursed youngest son of Ham corresponds to the ancient Hivites, Jebusites, Arvadites, Girgashites, Amorites, Arkites, Sinites, Hittites, Sidonians, Perizzites, and Zemarites.

Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon

Canaan—the Crossroads—2000 to 600 B.C.

The Levant

Canaan is the Hebrew name for the general region later called by the Romans Palestine—i.e. modern Israel and Jordan. Here we should look briefly at a few of the descendants of Ham (Gen 10:1418). There is Philistim, obviously the ancestor of the Philistines (clearly giving rise to the name Palestine [but see Origins of the word “Palestine”, 2011]), and Sidon (Lebanon), the founder of the ancient city that bears his name, and Heth, the patriarch of the ancient Hittite empire. Also, this descendant is listed (Gen 10:1518) as being the ancestor of the Jebusites (Jebus was the ancient name for Jerusalem—Judges 19:10), the Amorites, the Girgasites, the Hivites, the Arkites, the Sinites, the Arvadites, the Zemarites, and the Hamathites, ancient peoples who lived in the land of Canaan.  —Harold Hunt and Russell Grigg

The most prominent descendant of Ham was Nimrod, the founder of Babel (Babylon), as well as of Erech, Accad and Calneh in Shinar (Babylonia).

 

Featured Image: Drawing of Canaan (1692), Philip Lea [Image: Wikimedia Commons]

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