The Canaanites

Genesis Bible Background

01.04.2019 – Old Testament: Gen 10.15–20

To read the Bible in a year, read Genesis 9–11 on January 4, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

If everyone on earth has descended from Adam and Eve through Noah and his wife, how do we account for the peoples all over the earth and their different languages and so on? Genesis chapters 10 and 11 answer those questions and many others. In Genesis 10, Moses showed how people started migrating over the earth and in chapter 11, he will explain what prompted the migration. Here is what he said about the Canaanites, the people who inhabited the land before the children of Israel:

Canaan begot Sidon his firstborn, and Heth; the Jebusite, the Amorite, and the Girgashite; the Hivite, the Arkite, and the Sinite; the Arvadite, the Zemarite, and the Hamathite. Afterward the families of the Canaanites were dispersed. And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon as you go toward Gerar, as far as Gaza; then as you go toward Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, as far as Lasha. These were the sons of Ham, according to their families, according to their languages, in their lands and in their nations (Genesis 10.15–20).

This shows that the one who knows the true history of earth is the Creator of the earth. He informed His servant Moses about that history and we have that in Scripture. Genesis tells us things that we would not otherwise know.


  • What do you think of the Book of Genesis?
  • What was the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities for which the Lord destroyed them all?

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