The Haamek Davar on B'reshis 12:6 says that "the Canaanite was then in the land" is in that verse to teach us that
this More [after whom the area was named], although he was not of Canaanite descent, was considered Canaanite. This is because the Canaanite had then conquered the land, so everyone was called [Canaanite].… All the residents of his land were subjugated to [the Canaanite] so were considered Canaanites, except Abraham who had not become subjugated. And God was with him.
I'm having difficulty understanding his point.
- So the point of "the Canaanite was then in the land" is to tell us that More was considered Canaanite? Who cares?
- Or is the main point that everyone was subjugated to the Canaanite but Abraham wasn't? or that God was with Abraham? If so, doesn't the verse miss that point (העיקר חסר מן הספר) by mentioning only that "the Canaanite was then in the land"?
- Or what is his point?
- And why was Abraham not subjugated?