A major Syrian city (exact location unidentified but near Arpad and Aleppo), the spelling of the name varies both in the Bible (Am 6:2 and Is 10:9) and Assyrian texts. When Tiglath-pileser III captured Calneh in 738bce the event was used by the Assyrians to designate the year. The Calneh mentioned in Gen 10:10 is likely a different place.
The date of Calneh's fall makes it difficult to interpret Amos 6:2 as spoken in this form in the reign of Jeroboam.
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