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City-Dwellers or Administrators Further Light on the Canaanites

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This chapter demonstrates how old and almost abandoned paradigms have led two modern scholars astray. In both cases the subject of concern will be the Canaanites of the Old Testament. It should only be remembered that, according to the traditional paradigm, a state of war always existed between the Israelites and the Canaanites, and, further, that the origins of this schism between the Israelites and the Canaanites can be traced back to Israel's most early history. In this connection it was of no consequence whether scholars believed in Albright's conquest hypothesis or they accepted Alt's immigration hypothesis. Canaanites and Israelites belonged to two different ethnic groups. Only in the course of history were the differences between Israelites and Canaanites to be toned down as a consequence of the continuous syncretism which in the period of the monarchy moulded Israelite and Canaanite religion into one and the same religion.

Keywords: Albrecht Alt; Canaanites; immigration hypothesis; Israelites; Old Testament; schism; William F. Albright

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