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kā´na ( קנה , ḳānāh , "reeds"):

(1) The name of a "brook," i.e. wādy , or "torrent bed," which formed part of the boundary between Ephraim and Manasseh ( Joshua 16:8 ; Joshua 17:9 ). The border of Ephraim went out westward from Tappuah to the brook Kanah, ending at the sea; the border of Manasseh from Tappuah, which belonged to Ephraim, "went down unto the brook of Kanah, southward of the brook." There seems no good reason to doubt the identification of "the brook Kanah" with the modern Wādy Kanah . The transition from the heavy to the lighter k is easy, so the phonetic difficulty is not serious. The stream rises in the Southwest of Shechem, flows through Wādy Ishkar , and, joining the ‛Aujeh , reaches the sea not far to the North of Jaffa. Guerin, influenced, apparently, by the masses of reeds of various kinds which fill the river, argues in favor of Nahr el -Fāliḳ , to the North of Arsūf . He identifies it with Nahr el -Kaṣab , "river of reeds," mentioned by Beha ed-Din, the Moslem historian. But this last must be identified with Nahr el -Mafjir , 13 miles farther North, too far North for "the brook Kanah."

(2) A town on the northern boundary of Asher (Joshua 19:28 ), probably identical with the village of Ḳana , about 7 miles Southeast of Tyre (SWP , I, 51, 64, Sh I).

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Kanah'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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