The Hebrew word anak (plural Anakim) may mean something like "long-necked" (and
"giant" is the interpetive tradition, & that's what it means in today's Hebrew).
It may be that this was an exceptionally tall ethnic group, and that's how the
word came to mean "giant". They are first mentioned in Numbers 13:22. The Emim
first appear in Genesis 14:5, and elsewhere only in Deuteronomy 2:10-11; and the
Zamzummim only appear in Deut 2:20. Nowhere does an author suggest that they
are not descendants of Noah (I'm not saying that therefore they must be; I'm
just questioning Dick's conclusions from these limited data). Further, these
last three groups are all located in a fairly small geographical area
(Syria/Palestine). There are relevant articles in _The New Bible Dictionary_ by
T.C. Mitchell of the British Museum (a very fine scholar, by the way). The
amount of info available on these groups is disappointingly small (disappointing
if you're trying to build something on it, that is).
I benefit from reading the interchange of creative and active minds, even when
their overall constructs are not (at least yet) particularly compelling. All
I'm doing here is pointing out that bits of one argument don't do the work
they've been asked to do. Is it essential to the case or accidental?
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