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Anakim
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The descendants of Anak. An unusually tall people that inhabited Canaan before the Israelite conquest.The Anakim, like the Nephilim and the Rephaim, were known for their height (Num 13:33; Gen 6:4; Deut 2:10–11, 21; 9:2). They are particularly associated with the city of Hebron (Num 13:22; Josh 15:14; Judg 1:20). Three chiefs of Hebron are noted as descendants of Anak, who in turn was the son of Arba—after whom Hebron was called Kiriath Arba, “the city of Arba” (Josh 15:13; 21:11).While they are primarily associated with Hebron, in one passage it is noted that they occupied a larger territory: Joshua “cut off the Anakim … from Hebron, from Debir, from Anab … and from all the hill country of Israel” (Josh 11:21 ESV). Caleb is also noted for driving out the Anakim from Hebron (Josh 15:13–14; Judg 1:20). Following the conquest, some were left in the Philistine cities of Gaza, Gath, and Ashdod (Josh 11:22).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Anakim
Anakim (עֲנָק‎, anaq). The descendants of Anak. An unusually tall people that inhabited Canaan before the Israelite conquest.The Anakim, like the Nephilim and the Rephaim, were known for their height (Num 13:33; Gen 6:4; Deut 2:10–11, 21; 9:2). They are particularly associated with the city of Hebron
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Anak (Anakim)
Anak (Anakim). Ancestor of a race of giants in old Canaan. When Israel first reached Canaan, the Anakim were well established in Hebron. Ten of the 12 spies Moses sent into Canaan (Nm 13:17–22) were terrified by the size of the Anakim: “We are not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Anak, Anakim, Anakites
ANAK, ANAKIM*, ANAKITES Ancestor of a race of giants in old Canaan. When Israel first reached Canaan, the Anakim were well established in Hebron. Ten of the 12 spies Moses sent into Canaan (Nm 13:17–22) were terrified by the size of the Anakim (Nm 13:31). Their terror led to a rebellion at Kadesh-barnea
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Anakims (Anakim, Anak)
ANAKIMS (ANAKIM, ANAK). A tribe inhabiting the land of Palestine especially in the S near Hebron in pre-Israelite times. The term probably developed from the ascriptive title “people of the neck” or “necklace” (from Heb. ˓ánāq, “necklace,” cf. Prov 1:9; Song 4:9) to a proper name for the tribe. Apparently
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Anak, Anakim
ANAK, ANAKIM. The Anakim (Heb. ‘anāqîm), descendants of an eponymous ancestor Anak, were among the pre-Israelite inhabitants of Palestine. The name Anak occurs without the article only in Nu. 13:33 and Dt. 9:2, but elsewhere it appears in the form ‘the Anak’ (‘anāq), where it is presumably to be
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Anakim
Anakim (Heb. ʿănāqɩ̂m)Descendants of Anak (Num. 13:22) who lived in the southern part of Canaan, especially in the city of Hebron. The original name of Hebron was Kiriath-arba, named after its founder Arba, the forefather of Anak (Josh. 15:13) and the greatest of the Anakim (14:15).Descendants of
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Anakim
Anakim [ănˊə kĭm] (Heb. ˓anāqîm). A people (KJV “Anakims”; NIV “Anakites”) who traced their ancestry to Anak the son of Arba; this same Arba was regarded as the greatest of their number (Josh. 14:15; 15:13). These pre-Israelite inhabitants of Canaan dwelled in the hill country west of the Jordan
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Anakim
ANAKIM The name given to a tribe in southern Canaan, near Hebron (Num 13:22). They were said to be descendants of the ancient Nephilim (Num 13:33), meaning that they were like giants. Three chiefs named Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai are mentioned specifically. The Israelites considered the Anakim fearfully
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Anakim
An´akim (long-necked), a race of giants, descendants of Arba, Josh. 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. Josh. 14:15. The race
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Anakim
Anakimthe descendants of Anak (Josh. 11:21; Num. 13:33; Deut. 9:2). They dwelt in the south of Palestine, in the neighbourhood of Hebron (Gen. 23:2; Josh. 15:13). In the days of Abraham (Gen. 14:5, 6) they inhabited the region afterwards known as Edom and Moab, east of the Jordan. They were probably
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Anakims
AnakimsAnakims (anʹah-keems), the plural the kjv uses for a pre-Israelite Canaanite tribe feared as gigantic (Num. 13:22, 28, 33; Deut. 1:28; 9:2; Josh. 11:21–22; 15:14; 21:11; Judg. 1:20). The rsv translates the word as ‘descendants of Anak.’ See also Canaan, Canaanites; Nephilim.
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Anakim
ANAKIM [AN uh kim] — a race of fierce giants (Deut. 1:28; 2:10–11; Josh. 14:12, 15) descended from Anak. So gigantic were they that the spies sent out by Moses considered themselves as mere grasshoppers compared to the Anakim (Num. 13:33). Under Joshua, however, the Israelites destroyed many of the Anakim.