Anak, Sons of; Anakim`anaq, `anaqim (Hebrew) An ancient race of giants in the Bible. When Moses sent Joshua to spy out the land of Canaan, the people seen were "men of a great stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight" (Numbers 13:32-3). Blavatsky comments that the giants of antiquity "lived and flourished one million rather than between three and four thousand years ago. The Anakim of Joshua . . . are thus a piece of Israelite fancy, unless indeed the people of Israel claim for Joshua an antiquity and origin in the Eocene, or at any rate in the Miocene age, and change the millenniums of their chronology into millions of years" (SD 2:340).
Anak (; Heb. 'nq spelt as both ענק and as הענק depending upon the reference) is a well-known figure in the Hebrew Bible in the conquest of Canaan by the Israelites who, according to the Book of Numbers, was a forefather of the Anakim (Heb. Anakim) who have been considered "strong and tall," they were also said to have been a mixed race of giant people, descendants of the Nephilim . The use of the word "nephilim" in this verse describes a crossbreed of God's sons and the daughters of man, as cited in and . The text states that Anak was a Rephaite and a son of Arba . Etymologically, Anak means [long] neck.