Under review is the article Did Nephilim (giants) really exist by the Details Here site. The article attempts to cover a lot of ground only portions of which are relevant to my context—which is mostly that which the Bible states on such issues and that which people make of that which the Bible states on such issues.
The subsections, all of which you can find here, are:
Goliath as Nephilim
On the Term Nephilim
We are told of a “second incursion” and/or “second eruption” since “We read in Genesis 6” that “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days and also afterward” and so “There followed another incursion of these fallen angels at a later date” and Numbers 13 is quoted thusly, “‘We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim)’ (N.I.V.).”
However, the Numbers 13 reference is being employed as a manner whereby to interpret “and also afterward.” However, since the Numbers 13 reference is within a report which the text describes as bad/evil then it
and so “There followed another incursion of these fallen angels at a later date” and Numbers 13 is quoted thusly, “‘We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim)’ (N.I.V.).”
Yet, an alleged open door into the post-flood world has many simply asserting that any and all people described as being “tall,” “very tall” or “giants” must be Nephilim. Thus, the article states that the various tribes that the Hebrews were to remove from the land, “All shared the characteristics of being huge, tall and strong” which is buttressed by the claim that “These men were such giants that the Israelite spies who went in to reconnoiter the land, cowered before them: ‘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.’ (Numbers 13:33).”
In short, for some reason, the only time that the Nephilim are mentioned in correlation to Anak, the sons of Anak, the Anakim, the Anakites or however a translation may refer to them, it is only within the bad/evil report of Numbers 13. Here are the other instances: Numbers 13:22, 28, Deuteronomy 1:28; 2:10-11, 21; 9:2, Joshua 11:21-22; 14:12, 15; 15:13-14; 21:11, Judges 1:20. This is either because the fear mongering aspect of that report is untrustworthy or because it just so happens that in 15 other instances such a details was not noted. In fact, you will note that even the two instances within Numbers 13 prior to v. 33 they are mentioned with no correlation to the Nephilim.
Moreover, we are told, “Flavius Josephus, the noted Jewish historian of the first century A.D., described these giants as having ‘bodies so large and countenances so entirely different from other men that they were surprising to the sight and terrible to the hearing.’ And he adds that in his day, the bones of the giants were still on display!”
That is from Antiquities of the Jews, Book V.2.3 and while we know not whence Josephus got this info, he adds the unique features (as in not in the Bible) abut facial features and something about sounds that they made—perhaps their voices. That their bones were on display in his day may refer to the well-known phenomenon whereby ancient found bones of dinosaurs, especially mammoths, and knowing not what they were or how to anatomically reconstruct them, they articulated them in an anthropomorphic manner and called them giant humans (or Cyclops, etc.).
The article mentions Og king of Bashan and yet, the Bible states nothing about his height but only that his bed was large, as the article put it, “A super king-sized bed! In modem measurements it was 18 feet, 6 inches long, and 8 feet, 4 inches wide!” FYI: as per an 18 inch cubit, I get 13.5 X 6. The text refers to utilizing “the cubit of a man” and it seems that the Hebrews were very practical about measurements with a span being the tip of a grown man’s pinky to the tip of his thumb when the hand is spread and two spans make a cubit which is the distance from a grown man’s elbow to the tip of his middle finger.
A question is raised regarding, “the key to the great knowledge and expertise that characterized certain men in ancient times” such as the Great pyramids and various monolithic structures of which there is “A whole network of them can be found around the planet”—the article Pyramid grid Eden to Revelationmay be of interest.
Well, the article asks if there is “a linkage between this esoteric knowledge and the ‘tree of knowledge’ found in the Garden of Eden?” It is then asked, “Why was this tree so named? Few commentators have shed any light on its meaning…Obviously, the ‘tree of knowledge’ must have something to do with knowledge, or why should it be so named?”
Now, did you notice something about these statements? Can you discern the answer?
The fact is that there is no such thing within the Bible as a, quote unquote, “tree of knowledge” but rather, a “Tree of knowledge of good and evil.” Thus, it had nothing to do with engineering, architecture or any such thing.
And so, when the article comes to speculations as whether we are dealing with “space-beings called ‘fallen-angels’” we have clearly gone much too far afield.
The article references the 1961 AD alleged UFO and alien case of Betty and Barney Hill which, we are told, “consulted a psychiatrist, the noted Dr. Benjamin Simon of Boston. By the use of hypnosis, he was able to induce from them—quite independently of each other—the story of those missing hours. Both told the same story.”
Well, that is the watered down pop-version. In fact, they not only conflicted with each other but with themselves. For example, Barney specifically described the pilots of the UFO as not only being humans but identified one as a German Nazis and others as Irish. It appears that due to hypnotic suggestions, conscious or not, the story changed and suddenly they had dealt with aliens.
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