"Terrible men", "Terrors." A warlike tribe of "giants" who were defeated by the Elamite king Chedorlaomer and his allies in the plain of Kiriathaim. In the time of Abraham they occupied the country east of Jordan, afterwards the land of the Moabites.1 They were, like the Anakim, reckoned among the Rephaim, and were conquered by the Moabites, who gave them the name of Emim, i.e., "terrible men."2 The Ammonites called them Zamzummim.3



  1. Gen. 14:5; Deut. 2:10.
  2. Deut. 2:11.
  3. 2:20.


  • Easton, M.G. (1897). Easton's Bible Dictionary. New York: Harper & Brothers.

This article incorporates text from Easton’s Bible Dictionary (1897) by M.G. Easton, which is in the public domain.