posted on Jan, 4 2004 @ 11:50 AM
It looks like giants really existed. The U.S. Geological Survey documented the excavation of giants (skeletons between 7 and 8 feet tall) in the late
19th century when investigating the mound builders of the Ohio valley. The documentation exists in the 12th Annual Report to the Bureau of Ethnology,
1896. (A man named Cyrus Thomas led the excavations.) Most of the remains they found were of normal height, but they did find a number of giants.
As far as the Bible goes…
Nephilim (often translated as giants) is based on an Aramaic word, Naphal, and literally means “the fallen ones” or “those that fell.” It was a word
the Hebrews used to describe a certain group of people that were not Semitic. Who were they? When Joshua and the scouts entered Canaan for their
“spy” mission they observed some very tall people and referred to them as the Anakim, or the sons of Anak. They knew who they were because they had
encountered them before by their ancestors.
When Abraham migrated to Canaan he told the story of how a king an alliance of kings led by Chedorlaomer of Elam marched on the southeast region of
Canaan just east of the Jordan River, which is biblically known as Edom and Moab. (Elam is a great plain north of
the Persian Gulf and east of the lower Tigris.) There they destroyed the Rephaim in Ashteroth-karnaim, the Zuzim in Ham, the Emim in
Shaveh-kiriathaim, and the Horites of
According to the Jewish Encyclopedia, Rephaim is the Hebrew term for “giants” and Zuzim is translated as “the strong” (ha’izzuzim) or “the mighty”
(ha-’ezuzim). Emim are also considered giants. The author of Deuteronomy describes these tribes as people that “dwelt there in times past, a people
great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; which also were accounted giants (Reph’aim in Hebrew), as the Anakims; but the Moabites called them Emims.”
The name Horite comes from the nature of aboriginal dwellings in Idumaea and is confirmed by excavations in the mountains of Edom. In other words,
they were cave dwellers. Anakim refers to people with big necks.
It certainly looks like they were aboriginal inhabitants of the region that happened to be on the tall side of genetics. So why were they attributed
as an “evil” people? The Book of Enoch explains it more in depth than Genesis 6:1-4. They were another culture that taught the people the ways of
civilization, but after a few generation things didn’t go well with the mixing of cultures so the proto-Hebrews gave them an “evil” moniker (people
have a habit of “demonizing” their opponents.) Because of this they were referred to the “fallen ones” or Nephilim.
As far as being giants – they happened to be a relatively tall people.