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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 appears to have been divided into three tribes or families, bearing the names Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai. Though the warlike appearance of the Anakim had struck the Israelites with terror in the time of Moses, Num. 13:28; Deut. 9:2, they were nevertheless dispossessed by Joshua, Josh. 11:21, 22, and their chief city, Hebron, became the possession of Caleb. Josh. 15:14; Judges 1:20. After this time they vanish from history.