the descendants of Anak ( Joshua 11:21 ; Numbers 13:33 ; Deuteronomy 9:2 ). They dwelt in the south of Palestine, in the neighbourhood of Hebron ( Genesis 23:2 ; Joshua 15:13 ). In the days of Abraham ( Genesis 14:5 Genesis 14:6 ) 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" ( Genesis 6:4 ; Numbers 13:33 ) of the antediluvian age. There were various tribes of Anakim ( Joshua 15:14 ). Joshua finally expelled them from the land, except a remnant that found a refuge in the cities of Gaza, Gath, and Ashdod ( Joshua 11:22 ). The Philistine giants whom David encountered ( 2 Samuel 21:15-22 ) were descendants of the Anakim. (See GIANTS .)
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.
[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
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Bibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Anakim". "Easton's Bible Dictionary".