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Cain
The first son of Adam and Eve and a tiller of the soil; his brother Abel was a shepherd. Both made gifts of their produce to God. God accepted Abel's young lambs but rejected the first fruits of the field brought by Cain. In anger, Cain killed Abel. When God asked Cain what had happened to Abel, he retorted 'I do not know; am I my brother's keeper?' (Genesis 4:9). God cursed Cain and condemned him to wander fugitive over the earth, but then put a mark on him so that no one might kill him.Cain settled in Nod, east of the Garden of Eden, married and had a son, Enoch.The mark of Cain has passed into the language to mean the indelibility of a murderer's guilt.Cain is also known as the eponymous ancestor of the Kenites.
Caleb
1. Son of Yefuneh, one of the 12 men sent by Moses to investigate the land of Canaan (Numbers 13:2). He and Joshua were the only two of the spies sent into the land of Israel to return with a positive report (Numbers 13:30). For this reason they shared the distinction of being the only Israelites to to be allowed to cross both the Red Sea out of Egypt and the river Jordan into the Promised Land (Numbers 14:24).
2. Son of Chetzron, brother of Ram and father of Chur.
Canaan, Canaanites
The fourth son of Ham, the grandson of Noah and the ancestor of the Canaanites (Genesis 10:6, 15-19). Ham was cursed by Noah for gazing upon his nakedness: 'Cursed be Canaan; a slave of slaves shall he be to his brothers' (Genesis 9:22-27; Genesis 10:6). Canaan is said to be the ancestor of Sidon, Heth, the Jebusites, the Amorites, the Girgashites, the Hivites, the Arkites, the Sinites, the Arvadites, the Tzemarites, the Chamatites and the Canaanites. The land of Canaan is generally said to mean the land and people of Syria and Palestine, from Phoenicia (especially Sidon) to the north and Gaza to the south-west, inland to the Dead Sea cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. The Canaanites were the early Semitic inhabitants of Canaan (later Israel and Syria), exerting considerable influence over the region, from Asia Minor to the Aegean between c.1800-1600 B.C.E. and making an important contribution to Hebrew language and culture. Excavations at Jericho, Megiddo and Chamath date their settlement back to at least 3000 B.C.E. Canaanite strength was dissipated by the rise of the Egyptian New Empire and was further weakened by Hittite, Hivite and Amorite invaders. Later incursions from the Philistines, the Aramaeans and the Israelites sent the Canaanites into Lebanon and the narrow coastal strip area including Sidon where, under the name of Phoenicians, they built ships and became traders, establishing colonies in Cyprus, Sardinia, North Africa and Spain. By the time of Abraham the term 'Canaanite' had become a generic name since many of the tribes had intermarried.
Caphtorim
Descendants of Mitzraim along with the Ludim, the Anamim, the Lehavim, the Naphtuchim, the Pathrusim, and the Casluchim.
Carmi
Grandson of Jacob and son of Reuben. Brother of Enoch, Pallu and Chetzron.
Casluchim
Descendants of Mitzraim along with the Ludim, the Anamim, the Lehavim, the Naphtuchim, the Pathrusim, and the Caphtorim.
Chadad
Son of Ishmael and grandson of Abraham (Genesis 13-15).
Chagi
Grandson of Jacob and son of Gad. Brother of Tzifion, Shuni, Etzbon, Eri, Arodi and Areli.
Chaglah
Daughter of Tzelafchad and sister of Machla, No'ah, Milcah and Tirtzah.
Chamatites
Traditionally known as descendants of Canaan (Genesis 10:17), the Chamatites were inhabitants of the city of Chamath, near Mount Hermon, on the Orontes river.
Chamor
Father of Shechem and Hivite chieftain who ruled over the Shechem area in the days of Jacob. His son raped Jacob's daughter Dinah and asked Chamor to request her hand in marriage. Chamor suggested to Jacob's sons that the two families should intermarry and trade together. Jacob's sons agreed, with the provision that all the males in Chamor's family and in the city of Shechem were circumcised. While the men were recovering, Dinah's brothers Simeon and Levi slaughtered Shechem and his compatriots (Genesis 33, 34).
Chamul
Descendant of Jacob. Son of Peretz and brother of Chetzron.
Chatzarmaveth
Descendant of Noah. Son of Yoktan and brother of Almodad, Shelef, Yerach, Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, Oval, Avimael, Sheba, Ophir, Havilah and Yovav.
Chatzerim
Also known as Rafiah, southwards along the Mediterranean coast from Gaza. Mentioned at Deuteronomy 2:23 as the home of the Avvim, a race related to the Rephaim.
Chazo
Son of Milcah and Nachor. Brother of Utz, Buz, Kemuel, Kesed, Pildash, Yidlaf and Bethuel.
Chedorlaomer
One of the confederacy of kings who invaded the area of Sodom and Gomorrah in the time of Abraham.
Chefer
Son of Gilead and brother of Iyezer, Chelek, Asriel, Shekhem and Shemida.Father of Tzelafchad.
Chelek
Son of Gilead and brother of Iyezer, Asriel, Shekhem, Shemida and Chefer.
Chemdan
Son of Dishon. Brother of Eshban, Yithran and Keran.
Chetzron
1. Grandson of Jacob and son of Reuben. Brother of Enoch, Pallu and Carmi.
2. Descendant of Jacob. Son of Peretz and father of Ram and Caleb. Brother of Chamul.
Chever
Son of Beriah and brother of Malkiel.
Chori
Son of Lotan and brother of Hemam.
Chovev
See under Jethro.
Chul
Grandson of Shem and son of Aram. Brother of Utz, Gether and Mash.
Chuppim
Grandson of Jacob and son of Benjamin. Brother of Bela, Bekher, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Echi, Rosh, Muppim and Ard.
Chur
1.Chur or Hur was the attendant who with Aaron held up Moses' hands in order that he could keep his staff lifted and thus repel the Amalekites (Exodus17:12). Later, when Moses ascended ,,Mount Sinai Chur was left with Aaron in charge of the people (Exodus 24:14). Some believe that he was the husband of Miriam, and possibly also the grandfather of Betzalel from the tribe of Judah (Exodus 31:2; Exodus 35:30; Exodus 38:22).
Chushim
Grandson of Jacob and son of Dan.
Cush, Cushites
Cush (Hebrew: 'black') was a grandson of Noah and the eldest son of Ham. He was the father of Nimrod. He is considered in Hebrew tradition to be the ancestor of the Cushites, who were a Negro tribe that settled below Egypt, possibly in Nubia, modern Sudan. The word is later treated as synonymous with Ethiopia, but modern scholarship suggests that the Cushites referred to in Genesis 10:8 were Cossaeans, living in the mountain region between Elam and Midia, rather than African Cushites.




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