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Where and What is Canaan? The Promised Land?

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Geographically, Canaan is situated in the Middle East and surrounded by the Dead Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the Sea of Galilee. 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.”

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Jewish Names: David, David Everywhere

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I asked a Jewish friend if they had known any Arabs named David. “No”, she said, “too much of a king of the Jews name.” Good point. But it is mentioned in a list of masculine Arabic names as Da’ud or Dawud meaning “beloved” or after the Prophet David whom I assume they’re referring to the same King David. Most of us know a David. I can think of five Davids in my immediate extended family, either first or middle names. Yes, it is a common name and who knows how many Davids were named because it was a beautiful name? But who knows how many Davids were named because it was a continued pattern, whether conscious or not to retain Jewish identity?

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No Doubt Muslims and Jews Fell in Love and Intermarried

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No doubt Muslims and Jews fell in love and intermarried, especially during the Middle Ages when in Spain the Arabs and Jews shared their love of exploring science, math, philosophy, religion, architecture and life’s deep questions. When you look at lists of Jewish surnames, you will see names with possible Arabic origins. I’ve seen it mentioned that the surname “Alfon” might have originated with the Spanish Moors because of the name beginning with “Al”. In addition, I have also wondered about the surname “Moore” and it’s variations of “Morris”, “Morse”, etc. Sometimes we think of “Morris” as Scots-Irish but it’s fun to dig deeper. It also makes me want to look toward the Middle East for the origins of Morris Dancing, an ancient dance popular throughout the British Isles. No one seems to know where the dance originated. In recent years, it has been performed around the infamous Maypole that Englishman, John Winthrop of Colonial America was so chastised for celebrating during the Pagan celebration of Beltane.

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