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The geographic area currently known as Israel was originally known in the Bible as Canaan, but known as Phoenicia later. The area was named after the cursed son of Ham, because that is where he eventually settled after leaving Africa.
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:
The Tribes of Canaan – Genesis 10:19-20
- Sidon / Sidonians / Zidon / Zidonians
- Sons of Heth / Hittites
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.
The False Teaching of White Canaanites
The majority of Eurocentric Christian churches teach the false notion of a white or “Middle Eastern” Canaan, but Canaanite artwork tells a different story. Because ancient evidence consistently points to Israel and their neighbors being black, we’re often not shown images that reflect the truth, even when that truth is found in the Bible.
The teaching of a white or Middle Eastern Canaan is contradictory to the teaching that the descendants of Ham were all black. Both teachings cannot be believed simultaneously because they are mutually exclusive.
The Smoking Gun – Black Canaanites
While most modern Eurocentric Christians believe that Canaanites were either white or “Middle Eastern” and therefore lighter skinned, there are some major Eurocentric religions, such as Mormonism that teaches Canaanites were black. Mormonism accepts the book of Moses as official canon, which teaches the following:
“For behold, the Lord shall curse the land with much heat, and the barrenness thereof shall go forth forever; and there was a blackness came upon all the children of Canaan, that they were despised among all people.” – The Book of Moses 7:8
“As the fact is uncontrovertable, that the first mention we have of slavery is found in the holy bible…’And he said cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren’…the people who interfere the least with the decrees and purposes of God in this matter, will come under the least condemnation before him; and those who are determined to pursue a course which shows an opposition and a feverish restlessness against the designs of the Lord, will learn, when perhaps it is too late for their own good, that God can do his own work without the aid of those who are not dictate by his counsel.” – Smith, Joseph (1836). Latter Day Saints’ Messenger and Advocate/Volume 2/Number 7/Letter to Oliver Cowdery from Joseph Smith, Jr. (Apr. 1836). pp. 290.
“And the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites, Hittites, and Amorites, and Perizzites, and Hivites, and Jebusites: And they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their daughters to their sons, and served their gods.” – Judges 3:5-6
More specifically, Judah had three children by his first Canaanite wife and two children by the Canaanite Tamar. Three of the five sons survived and it is through them that the rest of the tribe of Judah would come.
“And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite, whose name was Shuah; and he took her, and went in unto her. And she conceived, and bare a son; and he called his name Er. And she conceived again, and bare a son; and she called his name Onan. And she yet again conceived, and bare a son; and called his name Shelah: and he was at Chezib, when she bare him.” – Genesis 38:2-5
Judah and Tamar’s Sons
“And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that, behold, his brother came out: and she said, How hast thou broken forth? this breach be upon thee: therefore his name was called Pharez. And afterward came out his brother, that had the scarlet thread upon his hand: and his name was called Zarah.” – Genesis 38:29-30
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