“There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.” Genesis 6:4
We are told very clearly that there were giants in those very early days of humanity. The “sons of God,” fallen angels by interpretation, came to earth, took human women, and produced a race of giants. One might ask what ever happened to them and if there is any fossil evidence for them.
My first thought is whether there were giants AFTER the Flood. Genesis 6:4 is the beginning of the story of Noah and the Flood. However, there are biblical references to giants post-flood, indicating this same activity continued.
“There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.” This is from Numbers 13 when the spies were sent into the Land of Canaan.
“The Emim had dwelt there in times past, a people as great and numerous and tall as the Anakim. 11They were also regarded as giants, like the Anakim, but the Moabites call them Emim…That was also regarded as a land of giants;[b] giants formerly dwelt there. But the Ammonites call them Zamzummim, 21 a people as great and numerous and tall as the Anakim…For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of the giants. Indeed his bedstead was an iron bedstead. (Is it not in Rabbah of the people of Ammon?) Nine cubits is its length and four cubits its width, according to the standard cubit.” These are selected verses from Deuteronomy 3 as Israel prepared to finally go into the Land of Canaan.
Note the measurements of Og’s bed: 9 x 4 cubits. Conservatively, a cubit is 20 inches. That makes Og’s bed 15 feet long and 6.5 feet wide. Made of iron, like there was some weight to be handled. I measured my bed at 80 inches long. I’m 5’10”, so I’m .875 of my bed’s height. Use that same ratio for Og, and we have someone just over 13 feet tall. Conservatively.
There are cases like Andre the Giant, who suffered from a genetic defect, known colloquially as Gigantism. It’s what eventually killed him. But are there real giants in the archeological record? Are there giants today? Are there true, proportionally correct giants and not someone with a debilitating and ultimately fatal glandular defect?
“Near Braytown, on the headwaters of the Tennessee river, were found some remarkable footprints impressed in what is now solid rock. The tracks included those of a human heel ball thirteen inches wide!” The marks clearly showed that the fellow whose stride in that distant day turned to stone had six toes on each foot. Source: Stranger Than Science, by Frank Edwards
Paleontologists have long known of a fossil called Gigantopithecus, a species they try to fit into the evolutionary record. They define him as “…an extinct genus of ape… standing up to 3 m (10 ft), and weighing up to 540 kg (1,190 lb).” Source, Wikipedia.
Og might well have fit into those parameters, if a bit larger. Gigantopithecus may well be one of the same race as Og, who lived in the time of David and described in Joshua, 2 Samuel, and 1 Chronicles.
And let’s recall that the PhD’s who are telling us they know oh, so much about evolution and the fossil record aren’t nearly as informed as they claim. You might recall me writing about the great hoax of the Piltdown Man in an earlier blog. Allow me to recall it for you per an entry in a Newsletter put out by Ron Wyatt, a Christian archeologist:
“And it may seem harmless to you now that it (The Piltdown man Hoax) has been exposed. But, did you know that over 500 people obtained their PhD’s by writing their thesis on “the Piltdown Man”? I dare say, no one took back those PhDs after it was exposed, and those people taught hundreds of thousands of people.” Source, Wyatt, Newsletter Five.
Dr. Lyall Watson is no Christian, but he was “…a South African botanist, zoologist, biologist, anthropologist, ethologist, and author of many new age books, among the most popular of which is the best seller Supernature. Lyall Watson tried to make sense of natural and supernatural phenomena in biological terms.” Source, Wikipedia. Here is his own comment regarding the fossil record:
“The fossils that decorate our family tree are so scarce that there are still more scientists than specimens. The remarkable fact is that all of the physical evidence we have for human evolution can still be placed, with room to spare, inside a single coffin!”
Likewise, a 1994 article in Time Magazine admitted that: “Yet despite more than a century of digging, the fossil record remains maddeningly sparse. With so few clues, even a single bone that doesn’t fit into the picture can upset everything. Virtually every major discovery has put deep cracks in the conventional wisdom and forced scientists to concoct new theories, amid furious debate.”
Why are these disclaimers regarding evolution and the fossil record important? Because we need to know just how fragile the evolution theory is. Once we do, we start seeing the fossil record in a clearer light. We can also understand why so little has been forthcoming on fossil finds showing the definite existence of giants in history.
Also, why is the existence of giants in the fossil record important to begin with? To once more demonstrate that the Bible is a true history of the world and God’s relationship with man. It is important that this connection be made, otherwise it’s just a bunch of “Bible Stories.” I’ll refer you to previous posts: The Exodus Case series from last October-November and the Already Gone Series from last December.
More to follow.