Taken from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devarim_(parsha)
Numbers 13:22 and 28 refer to the “children of Anak” (יְלִדֵי הָעֲנָק, yelidei ha-anak), Numbers 13:33 refers to the “sons of Anak” (בְּנֵי עֲנָק, benei anak), and Deuteronomy 1:28, 2:10–11, 2:21, and 9:2 refer to the “Anakim” (עֲנָקִים).
John A. Wilson suggested that the Anakim may be related to the Iy-‘anaq geographic region named in Middle Kingdom Egyptian …. [AMAIC does not accept conventional dating] … pottery bowls that had been inscribed with the names of enemies and then shattered as a kind of curse. (Ancient Near Eastern Texts Relating to the Old Testament. Edited by James B. Pritchard, 328. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1969. ISBN 0-691-03503-2.)
And from: http://biblesuite.com/a/anakim.htm
Anakim (10 Occurrences)Deuteronomy 1:28 Where are we going up? our brothers have made our heart to melt, saying,’The people are greater and taller than we; the cities are great and fortified up to the sky; and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakim there.'” (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)Deuteronomy 2:10 (The Emim lived therein before, a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakim: (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)Deuteronomy 2:11 these also are accounted Rephaim, as the Anakim; but the Moabites call them Emim. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)Deuteronomy 2:21 a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakim; but Yahweh destroyed them before them; and they succeeded them, and lived in their place; (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)Deuteronomy 9:2 a people great and tall, the sons of the Anakim, whom you know, and of whom you have heard say, “Who can stand before the sons of Anak?” (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)Joshua 11:21 Joshua came at that time, and cut off the Anakim from the hill country, from Hebron, from Debir, from Anab, and from all the hill country of Judah, and from all the hill country of Israel: Joshua utterly destroyed them with their cities. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)Joshua 11:22 There were none of the Anakim left in the land of the children of Israel. Only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod, did some remain. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)Joshua 14:12 Now therefore give me this hill country, of which Yahweh spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and great and fortified cities. It may be that Yahweh will be with me, and I shall drive them out, as Yahweh spoke.” (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)Joshua 14:15 Now the name of Hebron before was Kiriath Arba, after the greatest man among the Anakim. The land had rest from war. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)Jeremiah 47:5 The hair is cut off from the head of Gaza; Ashkelon has come to nothing; the last of the Anakim are deeply wounding themselves. (BBE RSV)
Chronicled by Mitzi
Remember the story in the Bible where God told moses to “send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the people of Israel” (Numbers 13:2). These 12 spies were dispatched in 1443 BC. After forty days these spies returned and reported what they had seen to Moses and the whole congregation. They said “We came to the land to which you sent us. It flows with milk and honey, and this is its fuit.” However, there’s a big HOWEVER here “The people who dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large. And besides, we saw the descendants of Anak there.”
The people were discouraged. But this Caleb guy quieted the people in verse 30 and suggested eagerly to go up at once and occupy it, for they are well able to overcome it. The spies continued with their report saying “we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers and so we seemed to them.”
Below are photoshopped images that may be a good semblance of the Anakim.
I guess the Bible isn’t exaggerating when it says Israelites were mere grasshoppers compared to the giant Anak’s size. It’s highly possible, many things have happened and evolved from the last 3,000 years.
The Israelites “raised a loud cry” (Numbers 14:1) and grumbled against Moses and Aaron saying “We should have died in Egypt! Or in the wilderness! Why is God bringing us into this land to fall by the sword?” (vv 2, 3). These people who complained were 20+ y.o. men that were part of the army. Because of their unbelief (after all the signs and plagues God shown in Egypt), God did not permit them to enter the promised land anymore. So they got what they wished for, to die in the wilderness. But then they changed their minds and rebelled once again saying “Okay! We’ll go and fight them!” Well God wasn’t with them anymore, so they lost.
The remaining Israelites were smaller in size which made it more difficult and quite impossible to drive out the giants. I guess God was at work again to prove His power. He has been using the faithful weak who holds onto nothing but Him to conquer giants. The greater the discrepancy between the weak and the giant, the greater view of His glory is revealed. That’s God’s amazing math! 🙂