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Smith's Bible Dictionary

ca'Naanites, the,


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a word used in two senses:
  1. A tribe which inhabited a particular locality of the land west of the Jordan before the conquest; and
  2. The people who inhabited generally the whole of that country.
  3. In (Genesis 10:18-20 ) the seats of the Canaanite tribe are given as on the seashore and in the Jordan valley; comp. (Joshua 11:3 )
  4. 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.

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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'ca'Naanites, the,'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/sbd/c/canaanites-the.html. 1901.

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