What’s the Difference Between Israel, Canaan, Palestine and Phoenicia?


Secret GenealogyIt’s difficult when an area is known by many names. The Holy Land, Palestine, Canaan, Israel, Phoenicia, Judah … someone would have to spend a lot of time studying religious history and biblical geography to understand it completely. It’s a lot like Russia, USSR, Ukraine, Soviet Union, etc. Wars commence, territories vary and boundaries change. Let me share what I’ve deciphered about the geographical area we call… what is it called?

Canaan was Noah’s grandson and the patriarch of the Canaanites. (Noah cursed his grandson Canaan but that’s another story). The Canaanites of the north separated themselves from the Canaanites of Israel and became the powerful nation of Phoenicia. They worshiped what Moses called idols, including a sun god they called Baal and a moon goddess they called Ashtoreth or Astarte. They had decadent religious ceremonies that included sacrificing children. What’s known as Canaan was Western Palestine, a geographical area surrounded by the Dead Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the Sea of Galilee. Moses instructed the Israelites to remove all the Canaanites (Phoenicians) from Palestine (Canaan) because they worshiped idols and he feared they would lead the Israelites astray. The Ancient Israelites had a prophecy that Canaan was the land of milk and honey and that God promised it to them for “life everlasting.” It’s still confusing but it’s close enough for the genealogical work I do.Hand Painted Roses Cover Sec Gen III

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

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3 responses »

    • David,
      I have two blogs about history. One is “suellenoceanchats” the other is “suellenoceanchatsancestrry.” In the ancestry blog I’ve written on the question about Israel and Canaan. You’ll find your answer there and many more interesting topics. Let me know if you have trouble finding it.
      Thank you for your interest!
      Suellen Ocean


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