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Reference: Anakim


the descendants of Anak (Jos 11:21; Nu 13:33; De 9:2). They dwelt in the south of Palestine, in the neighbourhood of Hebron (Ge 23:2; Jos 15:13). In the days of Abraham (Ge 14:5-6) they inhabited the region afterwards known as Edom and Moab, east of the Jordan. They were probably a remnant of the original inhabitants of Palestine before the Canaanites, a Cushite tribe from Babel, and of the same race as the Phoenicians and the Egyptian shepherd kings. Their formidable warlike appearance, as described by the spies sent to search the land, filled the Israelites with terror. They seem to have identified them with the Nephilim, the "giants" (Ge 6:4; Nu 13:33) of the antediluvian age. There were various tribes of Anakim (Jos 15:14). Joshua finally expelled them from the land, except a remnant that found a refuge in the cities of Gaza, Gath, and Ashdod (Jos 11:22). The Philistine giants whom David encountered (2Sa 21:15-22) were descendants of the Anakim. (See Giants.)

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(long-necked, or strong-necked). Descended from Arba (Jos 15:13; 21:11), dwelling in the S. of Canaan. Hebron was called from him Kirjath Arba, i.e. city of Arba. Anak is the name of the race rather than an individual; compare Jos 14:15. The three tribes bore the names of Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai. They were in the spies' time a terror to Israel (Nu 13:28), but were destroyed by Joshua, except a remnant who escaped to the Philistine cities, Gaza, Gath, and Ashdod (Jos 11:21-22). Caleb, who brought tidings as a spy concerning them, was eventually their destroyer (Jos 15:14).

Hence we find a giant race among the Philistines, and in Gath, in David's days (1 Samuel 17; 2Sa 21:15-22); an undesigned coincidence between the independent histories Joshua and 1 and 2 Samuel, confirming the truth of both. Their chief city Hebron became Caleb's possession for his faith, shown in having no fear of their giant stature since the Lord was on Israel's side (Jos 15:14; Jg 1:20; compare Nu 13:22,28,30-33; 14:24). They are represented on Egyptian monuments as tall and fair. The hieroglyphic Tanmahu represents Talmai, and one of his tribe is depicted on the tomb of Oimenapthah I.

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(long-necked), a race of giants, descendants of Arba,

Jos 15:13; 21:11

dwelling in the southern part of Canaan, and particularly at Hebron, which from their progenitor received the name of "city of Arba." Anak was the name of the race rather than that of an individual.

Jos 14:15

The race appears to have been divided into three tribes or families, bearing the names Sheshai, Ahiman and Talmai. Though the war-like appearance of the Anakim had struck the Israelites with terror in the time of Moses,

Nu 13:28; De 9:2

they were nevertheless dispossessed by Joshua,

Jos 11:21-22

and their chief city, Hebron, became the possession of Caleb.

Jos 15:14; Jg 1:20

After this time they vanish from history.

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