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(Hebrews Kenaä nah´, כְּנִעֲנָה , femn. forr of Canaan), the name of two men. Furst (Hebr. Worterb. s.v.) suggests that the prevalence of such names as this, and Tarsish and Cush among the Benjamites, indicates special connection by intermarriage with the earlier race; the straits to which this tribe was reduced by its civil war (Judges 21) may have driven its members to special alliances with their Phoenician neighbors.

1. (Sept. Χανανάν v. r. Χανανά ). The fourth named of the seven " sons" of Bilhan, son of Jediael, of the tribe of Benjamin, a leading warrior apparently in the time of David (1 Chronicles 7:10). B.C. cir. 1020.

2. (Sept. Χαναάν v. r. Χανανά and Χαναανά ). The father of the false prophet Zedekiah, which latter encouraged Ahab against Micaiah (1 Kings 22:11; 1 Kings 22:24; 2 Chronicles 18:10; 2 Chronicles 18:23). B.C. ante 896.

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Chenaanah'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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