Hebrew is Not Canaanite
Anson Rainey is currently reporting that Gary Rendsburg has made an observation supporting the case that the Israelites are ethnically and linguistically distinct from the Canaanite peoples, as the Hebrew Bible again and again assumes. Rendsburg points out that "Hebrew, Aramaic and Moabite each have a distinct verb “to be.” Its root is HWY or HYY. That verb is not in Phoenician (Canaanite) or even in Ugaritic. These two languages from the Mediterranean coast have another verb entirely to indicate “to be.” Moreover, the personal name of Israel’s God—Yahweh [see artistic rendering above], is derived from the verb “to be”! This reflects a strong connection between ancient Hebrew and the languages east of the Jordan." The moral here: Please don't confuse the Israelites with the Canaanites, as many, many biblical scholars currently do.