Canaanites Live: DNA Reveals Fate of Biblical People


The Jews that populate Israel today aren’t going to be happy hearing this news. Their ancient enemy lives!

Live Science

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. [Biblical Battles: 12 Ancient Wars Lifted from the Bible]

“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.”

Genetic investigation

Haber, Tyler-Smith and their colleagues extracted ancient DNA from the bones of five Canaanites who died in the ancient city of Sidon (an area now in Lebanon). The skeletons dated from between 3,750 and 3,650 years ago. The researchers then compared the genetic sequences of these ancient Canaanites with those of 99 modern Lebanese people, as well as with ancient DNA sequences of more than 300 other people from an ancient DNA database.

The findings revealed broad overlap between Canaanite genetics and the sequences of modern-day people from Lebanon. Researchers even found some ancient gene variations that suggested the Canaanites probably had similar coloration in skin, eyes and hair as Lebanese people do today. It was surprising, Haber and Tyler-Smith said, to find such continuity in the Canaanite line, given all of the conquests and expansions into the Middle East from outside groups since the Bronze Age.

The Canaanites themselves descended from Stone Age settlers who mixed with newcomers from what is now Iran about 4,000 to 5,000 years ago, the researchers said. This mixture could be explained by the expansion of the Akkadian Empire, a Mesopotamian empire that peaked around that time, the researchers wrote.

After the Bronze Age, the Canaanites did mix a little bit with their neighbors. Modern-day Lebanese populations are largely Canaanite, the DNA showed, with a bit of Eastern hunter-gatherer and Eurasian Steppe influence that got added to the mix some 3,000 years ago, the researchers said.


I’m not sure what the significance of these findings are other than to show that it is possible to keep a level of racial purity for thousands of years.

Will some future scientists thousands of years from now be able to isolate Caucasian DNA and say that Caucasians survived our wars?

4 thoughts on “Canaanites Live: DNA Reveals Fate of Biblical People

  1. IF……all of Biblical History is true…………………..present day Jews are NOT Israelites. Ironically……….present day Jews ARE the Canaanites of the old testament.

    It’s all a fascinating study. If anyone is interested, start with Frederick Haberman’s book, “Tracing Our Ancestors”.

    • Biblical history IS true, and you are correct that ‘modern jews’ are directly related to, and in many cases are, ancient canaanites.
      You are also correct that jews are NOT Biblical Israelites, or hebrews. They know this and admit it in their own writings. [see the jewish encyclopedia for instance] True, Biblical Israelites are caucasian; read the Bible – it tells you so if youll let it, as well as profane history supports this truth. Doesnt take much research to verify…

      • Hey Luke…………….

        I was trying not to be ‘divisive’ among White nationalists. This topic tends to push buttons and rub people the wrong way.

        Did you read the entirety of my comment? I would not have recommended Haberman’s book had I not believe it all to be true myself.

        But…………..fight the good fight!

        Just trying to present the truth as I see it as tactfully as I can. Peace to you.

  2. The Canaanites were obviously stronger than the Hebrews. The Canaanites lived in a land of “milk and honey” and the cedars of Lebanon”. The jews lived in the desert.
    That makes the jews of those days about as powerful as the abos of 200 years ago. The strong get the coast and the rich farming land. The weak can wander about in the desert scratching a living.
    No wonder the modern jews want to grab Canaan and other well watered areas. They still only have a desert.

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