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Canaan
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The term Canaan has its roots in the Hebrew כנען/knʿn and combines the Semitic root k-n-c with a common suffix –(a)n. The term translates into Greek as Χαναάν/Khanaan and into Latin as Canaan. Of the multiple ways to read the word “Canaan” in late antiquity this article focuses on three: Canaan as land, as a people, and as a person.

Land

Scholars connect the name Canaan with the land of Kana'an, the general Northwest Semitic na…

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Barry, Jennifer, “Canaan”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 17 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7993_EECO_SIM_00000514>
First published online: 2018



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