Giants in the bible


The Sons of God

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...." Genesis 6:4

This is one of the most interesting verses in the bible. Who were "the sons of God" who had sex with "the daughters of men"? Jesus and his long-lost brothers? Sex-crazed angels from hell?

The bible doesn't say, but whoever they were, they seemed to have pissed off God. Because in the very next verse, he decides to kill every living thing that he had made.

The Anakim

When Joshua sent twelve spies to "spy out the land of Canaan" they came across "men of great stature", "giants", even.

The land, through which we have gone to search ... all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. 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 13:32-33

The Emims dwelt therein in times past, a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; Which also were accounted giants...." Deuteronomy 2:10-11

That also was accounted a land of giants: giants dwelt therein in old time; and the Ammonites call them Zamzummims; A people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; but the LORD destroyed them. Deuteronomy 2:20-21

These are the same giants (the Nephilim) mentioned in Gen 6:4. Somehow they managed to survive the flood, contrary to Genesis 7:21.

Og

Og's bed was nine cubits* long -- large enough for a 4 meter-long giant.

For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it. Deuteronomy 3:11

And the coast of Og king of Bashan, which as of the remnant of the giants... Joshua 12:4, 18:16

Goliath

Goliath was about 10 feet tall (~3 meters).

Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. 1 Samuel 17:4

Benaiah

Among those killed by Benaiah, was an Egyptian five cubits tall. (7.5 ft, 2.3 m).

Benaiah ... slew an Egyptian, a man of great stature, five cubits high. 1 Chronicles 11:23

The Amorites

God destroyed the Amorites who were a race of gaints as tall as cedars and as strong as oaks. Amos 2:9

* A cubit is about 18 inches in length; a span is about 9 inches) See Bible weights and measures