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past, a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims. Who were these Emims? Let's continue our reading... A very big people being tall like the Anaqitis The story continues, the next verse, with a further clarification: Also the Rephaìms (giants?) were considered like the Anaqitis. 64

The Emìms were tall and therefore considered children of the giants of Anàq, of Nephilìms' ancestry. The word “Emim” itself means “terrible”. Moses recognizes the objective difficulties of the situation, but urges his people not to be afraid because his Elohìm will fight before him and destroy the enemies (Dt 9:2-3) even if they are a big and tall people that the Israelites know, and of whom they heard about: Who will resist before the children of Anàq So Anaqiti, Rephaìm and Emìm are always paralleled, identified with each other and thus all considered to be of Nephilìms' ancestry: Tall beings descended, or fallen from above. These were powerful, strong and terrifying individuals, whose supposed invincibility induced the people of Israel to give up on any conquest. But the book of Deuteronomy also recalls the name and size of one of these Rephaìms. Chapter 3 continues the summary of the long war fought to conquer the territory of Canaan, a war that lasted for many decades. The text tells of the conquest of 65

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