Knowing the biblical historical, genealogical, eponymous, and patrial patterns are the keys to unlock precious informational nuggets embedded in important and often overlooked passages. The eponymous and patrial keys reveal much about the Jebusites, the Mighty Seven nations, the balance of patriarch-less Canaanite families, and biblical nations not listed in the table of nations.
Many believe the twelve Canaanite tribes were giant tribes, but there is not a biblical smoking gun verse stating this as so. What the Bible does indicate is that Canaanite tribes dwelled among the Rephaim, Anakim and other giant tribes in and around the Covenant Land. Thus,discerning whether Canaanite clans were giants, humans, or human/Rephaim hybrids is one of the historical keys to unlocking the hidden history of the early postdiluvian epoch in the Middle East.
Knowing Rephaim patriarchs were not documented in the table of nationshelpsmakes sense of the nine patriarch-less Canaanite families in Genesis 10:16-18, which indicates by implication, nine of the twelve Canaanite families were hybrid Rephaim/humans begat by Rephaim patriarchs. Remember, Rephaim unlike their antediluvian Nephilim counterparts were plagued with infertility issues, as reflected in their overlooked appellation, the Terrible Ones, the Arytim. Infertility forced Rephaim to marry human females that created Rephaim/human hybrids to prevent the extinction of the roy-el race. Accordingly, Rephaim females like Timna, daughter of Seir married Eliphaz that begat the hybrid human Amalekite race and the dynastic Agag kings.
Know then that families/mishpachah penned to represent Canaanite patriarch-less tribes is explained in Strong’s Dictionary as a class of people, species, of a kind, aristocrats, or family. The application of “families” in Genesis 10:18 indicates that unnamed Rephaim patriarchs, royals, and/or aristocrats of another species interbred with Canaanite females to create eponymously and patronymically named hybrid tribes or families, which were originally distinct from Canaan, Sidon, and Heth.