This was my first game that introduced me to the Catan style gaming. I do not own Settlers of Catan, but I have played a solitaire version on PC. I must say, Settlers of Canaan is a lot better than the basic Catan board game. The extra path to victory by building Jerusalem is a nice feature.
Downside is that the board is fixed whereas Catan is random board setup for more replayability.
My wife and I first played while visiting with a couple friend in another state. We had a blast and bought it not long after getting back home. We've played this many times with other friends, and they all have enjoyed it.