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According to the Tanakh, Anakim are a race of giants descended from Anak.[1] They dwelt in the south of the land of Canaan, near Hebron (Gen. 23:2; Josh. 15:13). According to Genesis 14:5-6 they inhabited the region afterwards known as Edom and Moab in the days of Abraham. Their name may come from a Hebrew root meaning "strength" or "stature".[2]

Their formidable appearance, as described by the Twelve Spies sent to search the land, filled the Israelites with terror. Some consider that the Israelites identified them with the Nephilim, the giants (Gen. 6:4; Num. 13:33) of the antediluvian age. Joshua finally expelled them from the land, excepting a remnant that found a refuge in the cities of Gaza, Gath, and Ashdod (Josh. 11:22).

There were various tribes of Anakim (Josh. 15:14).

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  1. ^ eastons-bible-dictionary
  2. ^ "Anakim" in Chambers's Encyclopædia. London: George Newnes, 1961, Vol. 1, p. 397.