Canaan

Israel In The Bible

The geographic area currently known as Israel was originally known in the Bible as Canaan. The area was named after the cursed son of Ham, because that is where he eventually settled after leaving Africa.

Canaan (the person) was cursed by Noah, to become a servant to his brothers, which explains why he left “the land of Ham”, and moved to the Middle East.

Traditionally, church leaders teach that Canaan was a country of Middle Eastern descent, but in reality, it was an extension of Africa, as it was founded by Canaan, who was of from Africa. It is this area that God promised to Abraham, Issac, and Jacob. It is also the same place that Moses and Joshua would eventually conquer and claim for the Nation of Israel. However, before it’s conquest, it was populated by the following tribes:

  1.  Sidonians
  2. Sons of Heth
  3. Jebusites
  4. Amorites
  5. Girgasites
  6. Hivites
  7. Arkites
  8. Sinites
  9. Arvadites
  10. Zemarites
  11. Hamathites

“And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha. These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their countries, and in their nations.” – Genesis 10:19-20

Make no mistake, these were African tribes that inhabited the land of Canaan, and because of that, anyone mixing with Canaanites prior to it’s conquest, would then have children that were part African as well. One such mixing occurred between Judah and Tamar, resulting in their son Pharez, an ancestor of King David.

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