A Question I Was Asked:

Is 'Anakai' Another Name For God? I Have Heard That It Is

Is 'Anakai' another Name for God? I have heard that it is.

UK Apologetics Reply:

No, it is not. I think you may be getting it confused with the Hebrew 'Adonai,' which means 'My Lord.'

'Anakai' comes from 'Anak' and probably refers to the Anakites, a tribe originally inhabiting part of Canaan. They are mentioned in the Hebrew Bible in the context of the conquest of Canaan by the Israelites. He (Anak) was a forefather of the Anakim.

Then the Lord said to me, "Do not harass the Moabites or provoke them to war, for I will not give you any part of their land. I have given Ar to the descendants of Lot as a possession." (The Emites used to live there - a people strong and numerous, and as tall as the Anakites). (Deuteronomy 2:9-11).


They were a people strong and numerous, and as tall as the Anakites. (verse 21).

Then, in chapter 9 of the same book, we learn a little more about these people:

Hear, Israel: You are now about to cross the Jordan to go in and dispossess nations greater and stronger than you, with large cities that have walls up to the sky. The people are strong and tall - Anakites! You know about them and have heard it said: "Who can stand up against the Anakites?" But be assured today that the Lord your God is the one who goes across ahead of you like a devouring fire. He will destroy them; he will subdue them before you. And you will drive them out and annihilate them quickly, as the Lord has promised you. (Deuteronomy 9:1-3).

It appears then, that these people, that is, the Anakim/Anakites, were a formidable race of often very tall, or giant, people of a generally warlike nature. They occupied the lands of southern Palestine near Hebron before the arrival of the Israelites (Joshua 15:13). The Anakim's ancestry, then, is traceable back to Anak, the son of Arba (Joshua 15:13; 21:11), who at that time was regarded as the "greatest man among the Anakim" (Joshua 14:15).

The name "Anakim" seems to mean "long-necked," or, "tall." The Hebrews thought them to be descendants of the Nephilim, a powerful race who dominated the pre-Flood world (Genesis 6:4). When the twelve Israelite spies returned from exploring the Promised Land, they gave a frightening report of a "people great and tall" whom they identified as the sons of Anak (Deuteronomy 9:2). The Israelites were seized with fear and believing themselves to be as mere "grasshoppers . . . in their sight" (Numbers 13:33), so Israel rebelled against God at the time (Deuteronomy 1:26-28) and refused to enter the land which God had promised them.

The Israelites were exhorted by Moses (Deuteronomy 1:19) not to fear the Anakim, but - as we know - they refused to trust God's promises (Deuteronomy 1:32-33). As a result, God became angry (Deuteronomy 1:34-39) and prohibited the "evil generation" from entering the Promised Land; Joshua and Caleb were the only exceptions (Deuteronomy 1:35-36). Because of their fear of the Anakim and their rebellion against God, the children of Israel were forced to wander for another 38 years in the wilderness.

During the conquest of Canaan, Joshua expelled the Anakim from the hill country, and Caleb finally drove them out of Hebron completely. However, a small remnant seems to have found refuge in the cities of Gaza, Gath, and Ashdod (Joshua 11:22). Many Bible scholars speculate that the Anakim's descendants were the Philistine giants which David encountered (2 Samuel 21:15-22), mainly in the form of Goliath of Gath (1 Samuel 17:4-7). So these were a tribe or race of very large men who eventually died out and are to be found nowhere today. Some, without any real foundation, insist that - in origin - these were God-men (part men, part divine beings), who had seduced the daughters of men (Genesis 6:1-4), but the Bible nowhere states that, or even that such a thing is even possible.

In short, no, "Anakai" is not a name for God anywhere in Scripture. The Anakim, on the contrary, were an ancient race of very large people of a ferocious and warlike nature.

One Obvious Question on the Anakim and Nephilim Connection...

The question could be asked: if the Nephilim were destroyed in the Flood, how could they have later re-appeared (or, apparently re-appeared), in the form of the Anakim? It's a fair question, but the answer is not too difficult, as we are about to see.

It is because God has built a capacity for variation into the human race, just as He has into animals. This has been claimed as "proof of evolution" when it is absolutely nothing of the kind, neither does it take many thousands or millions of years to occur. There is always genetic variation, so, for example, only two members of the cat family needed to be taken onboard the ark in order for the 'cat' genetic variations to later appear, or reappear (such as leopards, the lynx, cougars, tigers, mountain lions, the Chinese wild cat, and all of the others). The capacity for variation within both the animal and human stock is how just Noah, his wife, his sons and their wives would very soon produce several races, with at least a form of the Nephilim later appearing/reappearing as Anakites. Overall, the quality of both human and animal stock now seems to have deteriorated so giant races are now unlikely to reappear.

Robin A. Brace. June 3rd, 2015.