Despite Media Spin, Canaanite-Lebanese Study Does Not Disprove Bible

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The New American: Predictably, some secular media sources have taken a DNA study, and attempted to argue it somehow disproves or contradicts the biblical account. It doesn’t.

Dr. Marc Haber, a lead author of a recent study that compares some ancient genomes with modern-day people in Lebanon, concluded, “We found that the Canaanites were a mixture of local people who settled in farming villages during the Neolithic period and eastern migrants who arrived in the region about 5,000 years ago.

The researchers compared the genomes of five Canaanite people who lived about 4,000 years ago in the Lebanese city of Sidon with 99 modern Lebanese. The conclusion was, according to Haber, “Present-day Lebanese derive over 90 percent of their ancestry from the Canaanites or a genetically similar population.”

Unfortunately, some media sources have opted to use the study in an effort to attack the Bible. The Daily Mail report was typical, with a screaming headline, “Bronze Age DNA disproves the Bible’s claim that the Canaanites were wiped out.” ScienceMag, an online site, was more reserved, saying only that the “Old Testament … suggests a grisly end for many Canaanites:

After the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt, God ordered them to destroy Canaan and its people (though other passages suggest that some Canaanites may have survived)…. Now, ancient DNA recovered from five Canaanite skeletons suggests that these people survived to contribute their genes to millions of people living today.”  more …

Opinion: Last week we posted a Breaking Israel News article linking Esau’s grandson, Amalek, to the Temple Mount killers (here). There appears to be a renewed interest in the ancient blood feuds of the Middle East.

There is a good reason: the same blood feud exists today from the same descendants. Ancient bloodlines only serve to prove the absolute perfection of the Scriptures.

Canaan was a son of Ham and grandson of Noah, and was the father of the Canaanites. He was the recipient of the curse of Ham (Genesis 9:18-10:32).

1400 BC: In Deuteronomy 7:1-4 Moses warned the Jews when they came into the Promised Land to “conquer and utterly destroy the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites.

“You shall make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy. Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons,for they will turn your children away from following me to serve other gods, and the Lord’s anger will burn against you and will quickly destroy you.”

Fast forward: 520-515 BC: The Jews return from 70 years of captivity in Babylon. Moses’ instructions to avoid marriages between Gentile pagan tribes and Jews was still strictly forbidden.

Excerpt: Antichrist: The Search for Amalek (pg. 58): “But that is not what happened. Ezra 9:1-2 records that the returning Jews indeed married the Canaanites (1000 years after Moses), the same tribe that was recorded in Genesis 36:2 “Esau took his wives from the women of Canaan.” And they married the Hittites, Perizzites, Jebusites, Ammonites, Moabites, Egyptians and Amorites.

Ezra, distraught for this violation of God’s commands, prayed to the God of Israel and made a covenant to send the pagan wives and children away. However, the bloodline of Esau who had married two Hittites was already in the children of these unlawful marriages and spread throughout Judea.

God meant for the Jews to be a separate and holy people chosen from all the peoples on the face of the earth to be His people, His treasured possession.”

Intermarriage between Jews and Canaanites created the blood feud that is playing out in global headlines every day.

(for more see our e-book “Blood Feud” on the Home page)