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June 5, 2013

Giants in Scripture

For some time now I have heard people reference the Bible in their en devours to find the origins of Bigfoot. This is nothing new. The scriptures do have references to strange and undiscovered creatures.

In my effort to get a clearer understanding of giants in the Bible I found the following. This is not meant to counter or discredit anyone's  findings or beliefs. It is merely the result of my own research.

It helps to understand a little about the Hebrew language. I'm no expert on the subject, however I have learned that Hebrew is a picture language. For example: the Hebrew word that is translated into English as 'meditate' is a picture of a cow chewing it's cud. You get the idea?

The English word "Giants" appears  rather sparsely in the Old Testament. There are several Hebrew words that have been translated into the word "Giant" or "Giants" in English in the King James version of the Bible. These words are "Repha'im", "Rapha'", "Raphah", "Gibbor", and "Nephilim".

The word "Nephilim" occurs only twice, Gen.6:4 and Num.13:33.

Genesis 6:4 "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."




Numbers 13:33 "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."

To quote the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia -
"The Nephilim of Genesis 6:4 are not to be confounded with the "mighty men" subsequently described as the offspring of the unlawful marriages of "the sons of God" and "the daughters of men". It is told that they overspread the earth prior to these unhallowed unions. That word, whatever its etymology, bears the sense of men of immense stature is evident from the later passages; Numbers 13:33. The same is true of the "Rephaim" as shown by the instance of Og (Deuteronomy 3:11, Joshua 12:4). There is no doubt about the meaning of the word in the case of the giants mentioned in 2Samuel 21 and 1Chronicles 20."

To make a long story short, God decided to re-boot the system. Genesis 6:7 "And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.".  Then vs. 8 "But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord" ... and the rest is history or myth which ever you choose to believe.

Whoever or what ever the offspring of the "sons of God" who came unto the "daughters of men" were, as mentioned in the quote above, they were apparently separate from the giants that are mentioned both pre and post flood. It has been speculated that mankind had become so corrupted from this unholy union or unions that it became necessary in God's view to eliminate the contamination.

In the words of a wise friend of mine - If Bigfoot came from the "sons of God" (believed to be fallen angels) having sex with women then that would mean that God didn't do his job. Apparently a sentiment shared by the writers of the Encyclopedia.

Since we do have giants mentioned in Scriptures post flood, for those seeking Bigfoot in the Bible, it is a much safer bet that they may be from these post flood giants. It is also mentioned that these giants lived in the mountains, Joshua 17:15 "And Joshua answered them, If you be a great people, then get you up to the wood country, and cut down for yourself there in the land of the Perizzites and of the giants" (Rephaim).

So, whatever your views are on the Scriptures I hope that this helps. As usual, when seeking answers we come up with more questions.

 

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