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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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English

Proper noun

Singular
Canaanite

Plural
-

Canaanite

  1. Member of ancient Semitic people who occupied Canaan before its conquest by Israelites.
  2. A subfamily of the Semitic languages, which were spoken by the ancient peoples of the Canaan region, including Canaanites, Israelites, Phoenicians, and Philistines.
  3. A member of a Jewish sect in Biblical times who were fanatically opposed to the Roman occupation.

Translations

Noun

Singular
Canaanite

Plural
Canaanites

Canaanite (plural Canaanites)

  1. (by extension) A zealot or fanatic.

Adjective

Canaanite (comparative more Canaanite, superlative most Canaanite)

Positive
Canaanite

Comparative
more Canaanite

Superlative
most Canaanite

  1. Of or pertaining to the people or language of Canaan.
  2. Of or pertaining to this sect or its followers; Canaanitic
  3. (by extension) zealous or fanatical.

Translations

References

  • OED 2nd edition 1989

Bible wiki

Up to date as of January 23, 2010

From BibleWiki

a name given to the apostle Simon (Mt 10:4; Mk 3:18). The word here does not, however, mean a descendant of Canaan, but is a translation, or rather almost a transliteration, of the Syriac word Kanenyeh (R.V. rendered "Cananaen"), which designates the Jewish sect of the Zealots. Hence he is called elsewhere (Lk 6:15) "Simon Zelotes;" i.e., Simon of the sect of the Zealots. (See SIMON.)

This entry includes text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.

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Simple English

Canaanites were a people mentioned in the Hebrew Bible, or Old Testament. Most of their land, called Canaan, later became known as Israel.

The Canaanites settled in the region about 2000 BCE. They were the main inhabitants until about 1200 B.C. The Bible says that the Israelites conquered Canaan at that time. However, archaeology and some parts of the Bible suggest that the Israelites only gradually became the area's main people. Archaeology also suggests that many Canaanite cities were destroyed by the Sea Peoples, or Philistines, in the 1100s BCE. The Sea Peoples may have sailed to Canaan from the area around the Aegean Sea.

The Canaanites were a Semitic people related to the Phoenicians, Amorites, Assyrians and Israelites. The Canaanites had a developed civilization. Their main political group was the city-state. In a city-stae, a king ruled a city or town and the villages and land around it. The Bible mentions a number of Canaanite tribes.

The chief Canaanite gods were El (a creator god) and Baal (a storm god). The main goddesses were Anat, Asherah, and Astarte. They were fertility goddesses.


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