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Kenan (Hebrew קֵינָן, Qenan, Tiberian Hebrew Qênān) was a Biblical patriarch who lived before the Great Flood. This name seems to derive from words denoting a permanent dwelling place or stronghold.

Mentioned in Genesis 5:9-14 and 1 Chronicles 1:2, he was the grandson of Seth and son of Enosh. Born when Enosh was ninety years old, Kenan had his first-named son, Mahalalel, when he was seventy. Other sons and daughters were born to Kenan before he died at 910 years of age.

Cainan is also mentioned by name in the genealogy of Jesus given in Luke 3:38 in the New Testament.

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