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Giants in the bible
There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown
The word translated “giants” is the Hebrew word “nĕphîyl”, or nephilim, meaning “fallen” or perhaps “fillers”. Both meanings have significance since these were the offspring of fallen angels, and they themselves were extremely violent, causing people to fall.
And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. […] 11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
The Bible can tell us a few things about these. Let’s have a look at a few scriptures and see what we find.
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.
So the Giants are big (duh!). But how big?
For King Og of Baʹshan was the last remaining one of the Rephʹa·im. His bier was made of iron, and it is still in Rabʹbah of the Amʹmon·ites. It is nine cubits long and four cubits wide, by the standard cubit.
The standard cubit was 44.5 cm long, making this guy’s bed/bier 4m long or 13.1 feet. Now, of course he was a bit shorter than his bed, but this puts him in the 10-12 feet range, which is a range that keeps popping up among these giants.
One of the most famous accounts of a giant is David’s fight with Goliath in 1 Samuel 17:
1 Samuel 17:4-7
Then a champion came out from the camps of the Phi·lisʹtines; his name was Go·liʹath, from Gath, and his height was six cubits and a span. 5 He had a helmet of copper on his head, and he was wearing a coat of mail of overlapping scales. The weight of the copper coat of mail was 5,000 shekels. 6 He had shin guards of copper on his legs and a javelin of copper slung between his shoulders. 7 The wooden shaft of his spear was like the beam of loom workers, and the iron blade of his spear weighed 600 shekels; and his shield-bearer was marching ahead of him.
Compared to Og, Goliath was a shrimp, standing only 2.9 meters or 9.5 feet tall. But that’s still quite intimidating. Still around the 10 feet area.
However, his coat of mail weighed in at 5000 shekels, or 57 kg/126 pounds. And the iron tip of his spear alone weighed 600 shekels, or 6.8 kg/15 pounds, so you wouldn’t want to meet this guy in a dark alleyway, or anywhere else.
2 Samuel 21:16
And Ishbibenob, which was of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose spear weighed three hundred shekels of brass in weight, he being girded with a new sword, thought to have slain David.
This giant had a spear weighing a hundred shekels, one shekel being 11.4 grams, so the whole spear weighed 3.420 kg or about 7.5 pounds. An Olympic javelin weight 800g, less than a quarter of this. Quite a hefty spear.
2 Samuel 21:18-20
And it came to pass after this, that there was again a battle with the Philistines at Gob: then Sibbechai the Hushathite slew Saph, which was of the sons of the giant. 19 And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim, a Bethlehemite, slew the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam. 20 And there was yet a battle in Gath, where was a man of great stature, that had on every hand six fingers, and on every foot six toes, four and twenty in number; and he also was born to the giant.
(With a parallell account at 1 Chronicles 20)
So the Giants were found in certain areas. In Git, or Gath, we find the brother of the infamous Goliath. He must have been passed off at David for killing his brother.
It says his spear was as thick as a weaver’s beam. If you look at figure b2, you can get an idea of the thickness. Much to thick for a regular human to comfortably grasp.
It also gives us the curious fact that they had six fingers and toes on each hand and foot. Six, by the way, being an unholy number.
The first giants were the nephilim, before the flood of Noah. These all dies before or at the flood, however in Genesis 6:12 it says that all flesh had corrupted it’s way, so it seems that either genetically or behaviorally, everyone was influenced, except Noah, who according to 6:9 were “perfect”. But maybe his wife wasn’t. We don’t know exactly what happened, but it appears that some of the nephilim genes survived and manifested themselves in Ham, Noah’s son. Because pretty much all of the Giants later mentioned in the Bible are from the line of Ham, especially Caanan. Could this have a connection to the curse of Ham/Caanan in Genesis 9:22-27?
The curse of Ham
In the curse of Ham, Caanan is specifically mentioned, even though Ham had 4 sons in total. Why Caanan? It might have been so that Caanan, probably a boy not of age, “uncovered the nakedness” of Noah, and his father Ham had to take responsibility for it.
Elsewhere in the Bible (Lev 18:7;20:11;Deut 27:20) “uncovering the nakedness” is an euphemism for having sex with someone. “Uncovering the nakedness” of a father can mean to have sex with his wife, shaming your father, but in this case, Noah was drunk, and his wife was not mentioned, so perhaps Caanan actually raped his grandfather!
If Caanan had genes from the Nephilim who were wicked and violent, it is maybe not so surprising that he and his offspring turned out to be a bunch of hedonistic, violent sadists and giants.
If these people carried genes of the nephilim, who “had only evil continually in their heart”, and produced entire tribes of bloodthirsty, child sacrificing, hedonistic, sadistic, violent, canibalistic monsters with a high degree of gigantism, then it is also no surprise why Yehowah was so adamant about the Israelites exterminating these people.
Giants in the Bible, summary
- Evil, violent, sadistic
- Usually between 8-12 feet
- Sometimes they had 6 toes
- Usually appears in the lineage of Caanan, later Phoenicians.
Giants in secular history, summary
Some interesting points from the documentary about Giants:
- Usually between 8-12 feet.
- Hunted and ate humans
- Great teeth (for some reason)
- 80 teeth, probably in two rows
- Red or blonde hair
- Fair skin
- Seem to have spread around the world as Phoenicians.
- The Phoenicians were Caananites
- Probably the builders of all the great monolithic structures around the world.
I’m really bad at conclusions. I like to just give interesting facts but I am not so good at stitching together the moral of the story, so you have to do that yourself. Go check out this documentary now. It is long, but it’s well worth the watch.