Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Canaanites = Phoenicians

"In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, And the Amorites [in Alalakh], and the Canaanites [Phoenicians], and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites [Hurrians/Mitanni in Jebus/Jerusalem]." -- Genesis 15:18-21

"And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanite [Phoenicians], and the Hittite, and the Amorite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite." -- Exodus 3:8

"The people shall hear, and be afraid: sorrow shall take hold on the inhabitants of Palestina. Then the dukes of Edom shall be amazed; the mighty men of Moab, trembling shall take hold upon them; all the inhabitants of Canaan [Phoenicia] shall melt away." -- Exodus 15:41-15

"And I will send hornets before thee, which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite [Phoenicians], and the Hittite, from before thee. I will not drive them out from before thee in one year; lest the land become desolate, and the beast of the field multiply against thee. By little and little I will drive them out from before thee, until thou be increased, and inherit the land. And I will set thy bounds from the Red sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert unto the river: for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee." -- Exodus 23:28-31

"According to the Persians best informed in history, the Phoenicians began to quarrel. This people, who had formerly dwelt on the shores of the Erythraean Sea, having migrated to the Mediterranean and settled in the parts which they now inhabit, began at once, they say, to adventure on long voyages, freighting their vessels with the wares of Egypt and Assyria. They landed at many places on the coast, and among the rest at Argos, which was then preeminent above all the states included now under the common name of Hellas. Here they exposed their merchandise, and traded with the natives...." -- Herodotus, historian, The History, Book I, 440 B.C.

"Interrogati rustici nostri quid sint, Punice respondent, Chanani." -- Augustine, bishop, Opera 3,932, 4th century

"All these stories Thabion, who was the very first hierophant of all the Phoenicians from the beginning, allegorized and mixed up with the physical and cosmical phenomena, and delivered to the prophets who celebrated the orgies and inaugurated the mysteries: and they, purposing to increase their vain pretensions from every source, handed them on to their successors and to their foreign visitors: one of these was Eisirius the inventor of the three letters, brother of Chna the first who had his name changed to Phoenix." -- Philo of Byblos, philosopher, 1st century, quoted in Eusebius of Caesaria, bishop, Preparation For the Gospel, Book I, 4th century

"The Phoenicians appear to have known their country by no other name than that of Canaan. According to Hecataeus and Stephanus Byzantinus, Chna, an evident contraction of the oriental form, was the previous name of Phoenicia; and Sanchoniatho says that the name of Chna was changed to Phoenix. The Septuagint frequently renders Canaan and Canaanite in the Hebrew by Phoenicia and Phoenician, and even the Carthaginians in their African settlements called themselves Canaanites." -- John Kenrick, historian, Phoenicia, 1855

"Historically and biblically, Phoenicia and Canaan are identical. The first Phoenician cities arose before 3000 BC ...." -- Life Magazine, The Phoenicians: Rovers of the Sea, Mar 1957

"The Phoenicians actually called themselves Canaanites and their land Canaan, at least until the 1st century AD as documented in the New Testament where it is written that Jesus reached the borders of Tyre and Sidon and cured there a Canaanite woman." -- Asher Kaufman, historian, Reviving Phoenicia, 2004

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