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The Book of Giants — What is it?

The Book of Giants is a pseudepigraphal book. Pseudepigraphical books are those that are written as if they were a book of the Bible, but they are merely stylistic imitations. The Book of Giants and another book called 1 Enoch share similar plotlines and are both set in the antediluvian time—the time before the flood of Noah's time (Genesis 6—9). Manichaeism considers the Book of Giants to be scripture, but it is not the inspired Word of God. While its story is partially based on parts of the book of Genesis, the Book of Giants is not a reliable historical account. However, it is a verified ancient document, written sometime before the second century BC, as portions of an Aramaic version of the Book of Giants were found along with the Dead Sea Scrolls.

The Book of Giants is about the sinful world before the flood. It has Enoch as a primary character along with several giants. The book of Genesis in the Bible talks about the biblical giants called Nephilim: "The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown" (Genesis 6:4). This verse doesn't provide us with a lot of details, so of course, this leaves room for vast speculation and imagination about what the backstory is. This is what the Book of Giants does. It creates a hypothetical background story for the Nephilim by connecting them to Noah's great grandfather Enoch.

In the Book of Giants, angelic creatures known as Watchmen come down to earth and produce the Nephilim through human women. According to the story, Nephilim are violent giants who kill a lot of people and destroy the planet—including plants, animals, and sea creatures. The story says that the giants have dreams that warn they will be destroyed and that the flood is coming. One of the giants, called Mahaway, goes to Enoch for advice. Enoch gives the giants as well as Semihaza, a Watcher, a word of warning that they must repent. The archangel Raphael (not an angel named in the Bible) has seen their sins and plans to destroy them. At the end of the book, they do meet the impending violent fate and are destroyed. Certain versions of the Book of Giants have a couple different outcome options for the Watchers; they are either bound in a dark prison by four angels or they are killed.

The Book of Giants and other ancient pseudepigraphical books are written in the style of biblical books, and even borrow real events and people from the Bible, but beyond potentially helping us to gain a better understanding of certain ancient cultures, they're not spiritually or historically sound. Essentially, they are historic fiction—interesting stories to read, but not to be taken as the truth upon which we base any of our beliefs.


Related Truth:

In Genesis 6:1-4, what were the identities of the sons of God and daughters of men?

Nephilim - Who or what were they?

What was the reason for the flood in the time of Noah?

Is the Book of Enoch inspired writing? Should the Book of Enoch be in the Bible?

What determines canonicity or that a particular book is considered scriptural? How do we decide which books belong in the Bible since the Bible doesn't tell us?


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