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Canaanite

also known as: Cananaen, Kanenyeh

This name was given to the Apostle Simon Matthew 10:4; Mark 3:18).

The word here does not, however, mean a descendant of Canaan, but is a translation, or rather almost a transliteration, of the Syriac word Kanenyeh (Revised King James Version rendered “Cananaen”), which designates the Jewish sect of the Zealots.

Hence he is called elsewhere (Luke 6:15) “Simon Zelotes,” i.e., Simon of the sect of the Zealots.

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Article Version: July 14, 2021