geographical name \ˈkā-nən\

Definition of CANAAN

part of ancient Palestine between Jordan River & the Mediterranean —sometimes used to refer to all of ancient Palestine


   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Ancient name for an area of shifting boundaries but centred on Palestine. Coastal Canaanite civilization dates to the Paleolithic Period; towns developed in Neolithic times (c. 7000–4000 BC). The name appears in writings from the 15th century BC. Invaded by the Hebrews (c. 1200 BC), who settled in southern areas, it was later invaded by the Philistines. In the 10th century BC the Israelites, under King David, broke Philistine power, and Canaan became thereafter the Land of Israel, the “Promised Land” of the biblical book of Exodus.


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