|Anakim are Nephilim - by Fab
| I was prompted to run another search for the expression "Anakim are Nephilim" after reading this verse:
Numbers 13:33: "And there we saw the giants (Nephilim in Hebrew), the sons of Anak, which come of the
giants (Nephilim): and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight."
The word "Nephilim" doesn't mean what most people think, it is probably an Aramaic word which means "giants",
hence why the Rabbis who wrote the Septuagint (the ancient Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible) translated
Nephilim as gigantes ("giant"). Check out Dr. Michael Heiser's page below for more details:
I run this search in a wrapped Tanakh. 0 occurrences were expected statistically, and 1 showed up. There was no
interesting extension(s), but I noticed the second letter of Anakim was found in "Canaan" in:
1 Chronicles 1:8: "The sons of Ham: Cush, and Mizraim, Put, and Canaan."
And obvious semantic relationship then, see below why:
Anakim (or Anakites) are the descendants of Anak, and dwelt in the south of Canaan, in the neighbourhood
of Hebron. In the days of Abraham, they inhabited the region later known as Edom and Moab, east of the Jordan
river. They are mentioned during the report of the spies about the inhabitants of the land of Canaan. The Book of
Joshua states that Joshua finally expelled them from the land, excepting a remnant that found a refuge in the cities of
Gaza, Gath, and Ashdod. The Philistine giant Goliath, whom David later encountered, was supposedly a
descendant of the Anakim.
I am adding a report about the odds of
this table, but I cannot guarantee that
it is accurate for now.