Canaanites Live: DNA Reveals Fate of Biblical People

By Stephanie Pappas

The people of modern-day Lebanon can trace their genetic ancestry back to the Canaanites, new research finds.

The Canaanites were residents of the Levant (modern-day Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel and Palestine) during the Bronze Age, starting about 4,000 years ago. They’re best known from the Old Testament of the Bible, in which they’re described as the cursed descendants of Canaan, blighted by God because Canaan’s father dishonored his own father, the patriarch Noah. The Canaanites were often in conflict with the Israelite tribes that wrote the Hebrew Bible. In fact, the Book of Deuteronomy features Yahweh (God) ordering the Canaanites to be exterminated.

In part because the Canaanites kept their records on easily degradable papyrus rather than clay, little is known about their side of the story. But now, ancient DNA reveals that the Canaanites were the descendants of Stone Age settlers and the ancestors of the Lebanese.

“Canaanite ancestry was widespread in the region,” study researchers Marc Haber and Chris Tyler-Smith of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in the United Kingdom wrote in an email to Live Science, “and several groups who were probably culturally different shared the same ancestral background.”

Continue reading by clicking the name of the source below

4 COMMENTS

  1. @OP- They’re best known from the Old Testament of the Bible,
    in which they’re described as the cursed descendants of Canaan,
    blighted by God because Canaan’s father dishonored his own father,
    the patriarch Noah.

    So it is probably only a matter of time before Ken Ham and Co. have an urge to try to prove that there should have been in-breeding and a genetic bottleneck recorded in the DNA from the time of Noah! 🙂

  2. He didn’t dishonor Noah, he saw his drunk father naked. Why was Noah naked? Because he was a boozy exhibitionist apparently. Noah dishonored himself.

  3. Reckless Monkey #2
    Aug 4, 2017 at 1:44 am

    He didn’t dishonor Noah, he saw his drunk father naked.

    According to the pseudo-science of AIG, 600 and 900 year life spans are quite possible (because the bible says so).

    AIG: – In short, there is no known biological reason why lifespans of 900 … Noah was already over 600 years old when he stepped out of the Ark.

    You would have to admit, that a 600 or 900 year old body would be thoroughly disgusting! 🙂

  4. Alan

    There you go again with that agism of yours! There’s not one single mention of Noah being “disgusting” in the Bible!! No doubt, he had a state of the art gymnasium in that ark of his. Aaaaaand…he had it going on with the ladies. Look how many kids he had. Evolutionary fitness and inclusive fitness – kickin it!

Leave a Reply