New Analysis of Ancient DNA Proves that Canaanites Survived Biblical Massacre | Ancient Origins

Theodoros Karasavvas: New Analysis of Ancient DNA Proves that Canaanites Survived Biblical Massacre | Ancient Origins – According to the tales of the Hebrew Bible, God asked the Israelites to annihilate the Canaanites, a tribe of people who occupied modern-day Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Israel and the Palestinian territories thousands of years ago. According to a passage in Deuteronomy , soon after their exodus from Egypt, God ordered the Israelites to destroy Canaan and its people, “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.”

Nonetheless, DNA evidence tells a quite different story as The Telegraph reports , “The Bible reports the destruction of the Canaanite cities and the annihilation of its people; if true, the Canaanites could not have directly contributed genetically to present-day populations. However, 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 researchers wrote in the American Journal of Human Genetics .

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