a name 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 (RSV 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. (See SIMON .)
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
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Bibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Canaanite". "Easton's Bible Dictionary".