A new study proves that the ancient Canaanites wiped out of the promised land that God gave to the Hebrews fled throughout the world…
And went on to become modern-day Lebanese.
Living between 3,000 and 4,000 years ago, the holy text suggests things did not end well for the people living in the Middle East.
According to a passage in Deuteronomy, God had ordered the Israelites to exterminate the Canaanites from their promised land: “You shall not leave alive anything that breathes. But you shall utterly destroy them … so that they may not teach you to do according to all their detestable things which they have done for their gods.”
It seems they didn’t destroy them all, though.
By examining the DNA of the region’s ancient and modern inhabitants, a team of scientists found more than 90 per cent of the ancestry of modern-day Lebanese derived from the Canaanites.
Moreover, no archaeological evidence has so far been found to support widespread destruction of Canaanite cities between the Bronze and Iron Ages: cities on the Levant coast such as Sidon and Tyre show continuity of occupation until the present day.
The modern-day Lebanese are likely to be direct descendants of the Canaanites, which therefore implies substantial genetic continuity in the Levant since at least the Bronze Age. But they have in addition a small proportion of Eurasian ancestry that may have arrived via conquests by distant populations such as the Assyrians, Persians, or Macedonians. Here the dna study.
Israelites wiped out the Canaanites out of their promised land, but it seems they found another place to survive and develop.