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What were the gods of Canaan? (1 Samuel 7:3–4)

What were the gods of Canaan? (1 Samuel 7:3–4)

3 And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the Lord with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the Lord, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.

4 Then the children of Israel did put away Baalim and Ashtaroth, and served the Lord only.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
In my opinion, Samuel was referring to any of the false gods or goddesses worshipped by any of the multiple nations or peoples who occupied the land that God had promised to Abraham and his descendants (who, by Samuel's time, were the twelve tribes of Israel).

As far as I am aware, although some of these false deities were regarded by their followers as more powerful than others, it would be very difficult to name or catalog them all, since, taken together, they numbered (by my understanding) in the thousands (over 8,000 by one count), and covered almost every imaginable aspect or activity of daily life. Worship practices for some of them also involved human sacrifice. 

Some of the more prominent ones included Asherah (or Ashtoreth), Baal, Baal-zebub, Chemosh, Dagon, El, Milcom, and Molech.

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