Chapter 4: The Giants Of Antiquity
We must be clear on this point. Nephilim were giants. The Old Testament, the Apocrypha, Josephus, the Gnostic gospels, and a myriad of other sources, all testify to the same. These giants, did indeed have a large impact on the evolution of both the antediluvian and postdiluvian worlds, but before we dig deeper into their legacy in ancient history, let us first quantify just what we mean by giants so as to better understand who these monsters were.
Their size was staggering. Goliath— I will later link Goliath to the Nephilim— was affirmed to be over nine feet tall. 6 That would be four feet taller than the average height of a person of that time, or almost twice as tall! Iris Freelander, an ordained minister, who holds hold degrees in psychology and theology, notes that depending on which Bible scholar tells the Goliath narrative, he was anywhere from eight and a half feet to thirteen and a half feet tall. 7 In antiquarian measurements, Goliath’s height was six cubits and one span. 8 A cubit was either a common eighteen inches or twenty- one royal inches, while a span was nine inches. 9 This then tallied Goliath’s height at nine feet, nine inches on the common measure, but because Goliath was of royal Nephilim bloodlines, one could argue Goliath’s true height at eleven feet, three inches. That calculation would align perfectly with an account from the time of Alexander, where a conversation between Midas and Silenus noted Titans grew to twice the size of humans and lived twice as long. 10
King Og of the Amorites owned a bed that was more than thirteen feet long and six feet wide, 11 requiring him to be at least nine feet tall, and even up to twelve to thirteen feet tall. Og was described in legend as being of such immense size that waters only lapped at his ankles. 12 All of Og’s beds and furniture were made from iron, for his weight would crush any furniture made of wood. 13 We can only speculate as to what size some giants may have grown to or even how large the pure original offspring might have been, before they intermingled with humankind, diluting their size and strength throughout the generations.