Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Canaan: (Ca'nan) (low, flat).
- The fourth son of Ham, (Genesis 10:6; 1 Chronicles 1:8) the progenitor of the Phoenicians [ZIDON], and of the various nations who before the Israelite conquest people the seacoast of Palestine, and generally the while of the country westward of the Jordan. (Genesis 10:13; 1 Chronicles 1:13) (B.C. 2347.)
- The name "Canaan" is sometimes employed for the country itself.