From The Alpha and the Omega - Chapter Four
by Jim A. Cornwell, Copyright © 1995, all rights reserved
"The Ten Canaanite Tribes Gen. 15:19-21"
The Ten Canaanite Tribes are: Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaim, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites, and Jebusites.
The following is an excerpt from Volume I, Chapter Four Section "C", page 487, subject Gen. 15:21, Amorites and Canaanites
Gen. 15:21 And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.
(7) Amorites [(Yod Resh Mem Aleph – He)
A(uh-eh)M(oh)R(ee), Amorites (am’-o-rites) - always in the singular Heb. ‘Emoriy, em-o-ree’, or ‘emori, probably a patron from an unused name derived from Heb. ‘amar, aw-mar, root, (used with great latitude) to say, publish, thus in the sense of publicity, i.e., prominence, thus a meaning of mountaineer, or mountain dwellers) in Gen. 10:16 descendants of Canaan.
The Mari tablets show that Amraphel of Shinar (see Gen. 14:1) was one of their kings. Also found in Gen. 10:16; 14:7, 13; 15:16, 21. Also see notes mentioned in Gen. 14:2 regarding the Birsha and Gomorrah Heb. ‘Amorah, am-o-raw’, from Heb. ‘amar, aw-mar’, root, to heap, to chastise. In Gen. 14:7 they dwelt in Hazazon-tamar (Hazazon of the palm trees, KJV Hazezon-tamar) a town on the west coast of the Dead Sea, occupied by the Amorites. Haran - Heb. haran, mountaineer, Assyrian/Babylonian harranu, road, Gr. Charran. Hararite - Heb. harari, mountain dweller. Shagee, Shage - Heb. shaghe’, wandering, a Hararite.
(8) Canaanites [(Yod Nun Ayin Nun Caph - He) K(uh)N(ah)A(uh-ah)N(ee), Heb. Kena’aniy, ken-ah-an-ee’, patrial from Heb. Kena’an, ken-ah’-an, from Heb. kana’, kaw-nah’, to bend the knee, to humiliate, vanquish, subdue, thus meaning humiliated, Kenaan, a son of Ham, thus a Kenaanite or inhabitant of Kenaan, by implication a pedlar (the Canaanites - neighbors the Ishmaelites, who conducted mercantile caravans), Canaanite, merchant, trafficker. (Gen. 9:18, 22; 10:6) the earliest history of the name outside of the Bible is Egyptian inscription of c. 1800 B.C. use it for the coastland between Egypt and Asia Minor. In the Amarna letters of c. 1400 B.C. the name is applied to the Phoenician coast. According to Judges 1:9-10, Canaanites lived throughout the land. In Genesis 12:6; 24:3, 37; Joshua 3:10 the Canaanites included the whole pre-Israelite population, even east of the Jordan. The language of Canaan (Isa. 19:18) refers to the group of West Semitic languages to which Hebrew, Phoenicians, and Moabite were dialects. The Canaanites were of Semitic stock and were part of a large migration of Semites (Phoenicians, Amorites, Canaanites) from NE Arabia in the third millennium B.C. For more detail see notes in Table of Nations in Gen. 10:6 regarding "Canaan."]
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