The coastal strip of the northern Levant included city-states like Tyre, Sidon and Byblos. The people we call "Phoenicians" were the descendants of the Canaanites from this coastal strip. They were renowned particularly for their long distance trade by sea. They founded colonies far away - including Carthage. By contrast the Israelites, as a landlocked people with few lakes or rivers, seemed to fear the sea (e.g. Ps 93:3; Jer 6:23).
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