Summary: Canaan refers to land between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River.
In the book of Beginnings, God calls Abraham to leave the land of the Chaldeans,
promising the land of Canaan as an inheritance (B:27:26-32).
26. So Abraham dwelt in Canaan peaceably for the space of many years, and all the
inhabitants round about had respect for him, for he was wise above all men, and the
hand of God was made manifest in all his doings.
27. Wherefore, the land of Canaan became as an inheritance to Abraham because he
walked in holiness before God and man, and in the visions of the night the Lord spoke
to him, saying:
28. “Come now, my friend Abraham, lift up your eyes upon all the lands round about.
For all the land which you see shall I give you and your seed forever.
29. For I shall make your seed great among all the people of the land, evensomuch
that none shall be able to number them.
30. Now arise and walk throughout the land. Go forth throughout the length and breadth
and wheresoever your foot shall tread, even that land will I give you for an inheritance.”
31. So Abraham arose and journeyed throughout all the land of Canaan. And when Abraham
came to the waters of Mamre in the land of Hebron, he beheld its great worth, for
the water was sweet and the land filled with plenty.
32. Thus did Abraham come to dwell in the lands of Hebron; by the waters of Mamre
did he dwell; under the shadow of the terebinth tree did he spread his tent.
Was not Abraham called of God to dwell in the midst of strangers when first he left
the land of the Chaldeans to come unto Canaan? Was he first born a Jew like unto
you, or a Gentile like unto these?