Answers in Genesis’ Tim Chaffey on “Giants in the Old Testament” – Anakim

Concluding with my review of a very good article and yet, one that needs a bit of tightening up. The article is Giants in the Old Testament by Tim Chaffey (February 22, 2012 AD)— find all of the segments of my review here.

ANAKIM

Concluding with my review of a very good article and yet, one that needs a bit of tightening up. The article is Giants in the Old Testament by Tim Chaffey (February 22, 2012 AD)— find all of the segments of my review here.

ANAKIM
They are said to be “perhaps the best known of the giants.” Tim Chaffey asks “If nephilim simply refers to giants in general, then the Anakim are just said to be giants in Numbers 13:33, which is consistent with their description in this passage. So the Amorites and other giant people would also be nephilim. If nephilim refers to a particular giant tribe, then the Anakim were part of this line.”
Well, there is no indication that nephilim refers to giants in general (or even in specific to Genesis 6) so that they are also not a giant tribe.
As of the Anakim, they were “tall” and that is just about it.

After a fascinating list of “many giant versions” of animals and insects that “existed in the past or still exist today” in smaller forms, Tim Chaffey writes:

Many modern scholars scoff at the idea that there could have been giant warriors in excess of seven and a half feet tall. Consequently, the biblical dimensions of these people have often been downplayed or ignored. However, the biblical data about these people can be trusted because it is in the Word of God. Furthermore, other ancient sources describe giants, and the Anakim…

Agreed, the biblical data about these people can be trusted and therein we are given the following specifics. The Egyptian man was 7.5 ft., Goliath ranged from 6.7 ft. to 9.8 ft. and that is all. Then one can speculate about Og’s bed, cedars, oaks, grasshoppers, what “tall” means, what “very tall” means, etc. but as far as specifics we go from 6.7-9.8 and that is all anyone can actually quote from the Bible.
As for “other ancient sources” he is referring to Egyptian texts which refers to the Anakim as “Anaq” or “Shasu” and, as per a 20.65 inch Egyptian cubit, have them ranging from 6.10 to 8.7 ft. so the same basic range in the Bible.

Chaffey tells us “They had to be large enough for the Israelites to claim that they looked like grasshoppers in the sight of the giants and for God to compare the height of the Amorites to cedars.” Again (and again) the grasshopper issue also pertains to God’s height (and thus, does not really pertain to height) and also has to do with then feeling dwarfed, as it were, by that “the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great”: keep in mind that the generation of Hebrews in view did not live in Egypt but where wilderness dwellers for whom kingdoms and cities were unusual and impressive. Also again (and again) we encounter a reference to “the height of the Amorites” correlated to cedars but no correlation of their strength to oaks.

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