In Biblical usage, the name was confined to the country West of the Jordan, the Canaanites being described as dwelling “by the sea, and along by the side of the Jordan,” (Numbers 33:51; Joshua 22:9) and was especially identified with Phoenicia (Isaiah 23:11).
- Preceeding Info and all photos (unless otherwise specified) on this post came from wikipedia.org/wiki/Canaan & wikipedia.org/wiki/Baalbek
The following is info directly from an article written by Gian J. Quasar at bibliotecapleyades.net/esp_baalbek_1.htm
Baalbek is the name of an archeological site in Lebanon. In Roman times it was known as Heliopolis or City of the Sun. An example of how ancient is the site can be found in that its holiest area (in pagan times) was the Temple of Baal-Jupiter — a hybrid between the ancient Canaanite god Baal (lord) and the Roman Jupiter.
Moreover, this temple was built on a “tel” or ruin mound, indicating a place that had long been held sacred, though what had caused this area to be significant or “sacred” is unknown.
The massive and elegant Roman stonework and columns pale by comparison to the megaliths they were built upon. The temple very visibly incorporates into its foundation, stones of some 1,500 tons. They are some 68 x 14 x 14 feet! They are the largest worked stones on earth! It is a mystery how such stones could have been moved into place, even according to our science and engineering knowledge of today. It is also a fact the Romans did not use this type of stonework.
One stone left in the quarry, undressed yet. They are great, perfect rectangles.
This is a picture of the largest worked stone on earth. Some have estimated it to be 2,000 tons.
- Unless otherwise specified, the following info is from Ancient Aliens and Sacred Places television show on the History Channel.
Location: Eastern Lebanon in the Begaa Vallley, under the ancient ruins of Heliopolis which was built in the 4th century BC by Alexander the Great to Honor Zeus.
Dated apx. 9000 years ago was the ancient Baalbek was named after the Canaanite deity: Baal
Baal was the god of life, the sky, the sun during Canaanite and Phoenician times.
The time frame that this existed could have been 6000 to 8000 or even 9000 years B.C.
According to Cuneiform script written nearly 5000 years ago by ancient sumerians of Mesopotamia, Baalbek has always been known as “the landing place”.
In the epic of “Gilgamesh”, Gilgamesh claims to have seen rockets ascend and descend from this stone platform at Baalbek.
The platform would have been made of the larger foundation stones in this photo. It was called this before the Roman temple was built atop it.