There are many references to giants in the Bible. Those humans described as such were simply large people such as Goliath who was described as being nine to ten feet tall. These are not the giants of folklore or Hollywood.
Is there evidence that giants, as mentioned in the Bible, existed?
The most famous biblical account of a giant is Goliath (1 Samuel 17). Others include Goliath the Gittite and the giants at Gath (2 Samuel 21:19–22), Og the king of Bashan (Deuteronomy 3:11), the people of Canaan (Numbers 13:30–33), and the Anakites (Deuteronomy 9:1–2). In addition to biblical evidence for giants, we can look to a few other sources of evidence.
Archaeologists have found very large bones in addition to weaponry and other artifacts that could have been used only by very large people. Stonehenge could have been set up by giants, some scientists say. However, most archaeological theories about giants are met with skepticism. The scientific evidence for giants is mostly circumstantial, but that doesn't mean there weren't giants.
Culture clues also exist. Ancient drawings and artwork depicting giants, such as those found on Egyptian jars and in tombs, are thought to be representations of gods or kings. Their large size is thought to have represented a person's power or importance. However, relative size did not always offer such a simple explanation. In fact, no culture produced true-to-life anatomically-sized art until the Renaissance. Often, children were depicted as the same as adults, just smaller. So it's difficult to determine that there were or were not giants by explaining away ancient art of very large people.
There are accounts of giants in other historical sources, such as the Book of Enoch, the Book of Jasher, and the writings of Josephus, a Jewish historian. These books relate to us stories of actual people engaged with giants in non-fiction accounts. Josephus tells of a camp of Hebrews who moved to Hebron and there found "the race of giants, who had bodies so large, and countenances so entirely different from other men, that they were surprising to the sight, and terrible to the hearing. The bones of these men are still shown to this very day."
The Bible mentions the Book of Jasher (Joshua 10:13 and 2 Samuel 1:18) along with the Book of Jubilees and the Book of Enoch. All give accounts of the ancient world and reflect the passage in Genesis 6:1–4 that tells of fallen angels impregnating human women to produce Nephilim—giants. This is the introduction to the account of Noah, who was found to be "blameless in his generation" (Genesis 6:9), which could be interpreted as being purely human and not having a bloodline crossed by the Nephilim. However, the Anakim and the Rephaim were mentioned after the flood, indicating that some giants remained, or that the fallen angels resumed their relations with human women after the flood.
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