ANAK (ā'năk, Heb. ‘ănāq, long-necked). A descendant of Arba (
The place of Anak’s origin is either the “city of Arba” (qiryat ’arbac)
So tall and formidable were these sons of Anak that their name and reputation became a byword in Israel: “who can stand before the sons of Anak?” (
The sons of Anak are prob. referred to in the 19th-18th cent. Execration texts found in Egypt as the Iy-canaq whose three princes have Sem. names. See Nephilim.
ANET. 328; J. Simons, The Geographical and Topographical texts of the OT (1959), 79.