Chapter 23: The Rephaites And Amorites
Unger’s defines the Emites or Emin as “giant aborigines who occupied the land east of the Jordan River and who were dispossessed by the Moabites.” 52 The name Emin was derived from the fear they inspired because of their sinfulness and size. 53 The Zamzummites were defined as “noisemakers,” likely from the thunderous bellows of their voices that Atlanteans and Titans were well- known for and/or those that mumbled and/or those who murmured. The Ammonites destroyed them. 54 The word z amzummin further describes the talent that these giants had in war, for in other accounts they were considered masters of war. 55 Avvites or Avim described iniquitous giants who dwelled among the Philistines in Gaza and identified with the Hivites. 56 The Auzim dwelled in Ham and were translated as “Shining People.” 57 In a similar manner, Iuvim , the name provided by Egyptians, describes their Snake- like qualities and their ability to easily judge the quality of the soil. 58
Rephaites were additionally understood to be giant aborigines from much older races. 59 The alternative translation to rephaite reflects that, at a glance, a person’s heart would grow weak from the terribleness of the giant’s appearance. 60 Remember, Nephilim possessed heads like snakes, rough and hairy skin, and eyes of honey and gold, all the while exuding a glow about them. Nephilim became known in legend and mythology as “the Shining Ones.” Webster’s New Compact Format Dictionary defines aboriginal as “original nation,” an indigenous inhabitant of a country from the beginning. 61 All this suggests that Rephaites were the true postdiluvian indigenous people of the Land of the Covenant, and perhaps from even before.
The two passages mentioned in Numbers and Deuteronomy link the Anakites, Zamzummites, Horites, Emites, Avvites, and for that matter, any giant of that time back to Rapha 62 or more accurately label them all Rephaites; this linkage includes both the Amorites and the Amalekites. The books of Deuteronomy and Numbers clearly underline that all these giants, including Anakites, were considered Rephaites (Deut. 2:10–11; Num. 2:20–22). Therefore, Rephaim must have been the root nation, or one of the root nations, for the postdiluvian Nephilim.