As we read the Bible, we find several mentions of giant men. Of course, the most famous of these was Goliath.
Throughout history, there have been stories of giant people. The Guinness Book of Records states that the tallest man on record was an Illinois man, Robert Pershing Wadlow, who grew to a size of 8’11”.
In this instance, Wadlow’s giant size was due to problems with his pituitary gland that resulted in an inordinate release of growth hormones. Reports suggest that Wadlow was still growing when he died at 22 years of age in 1940 due to an infection.
But as we look at the Biblical record, we see that the Bible was not talking about one offs, a person here or there who reached extraordinary size due to glandular problems, it talked about a race(s) of giants known as the Nephilim.
The first reference to the Nephilim is found in the Book of Genesis, in the lead up to the worldwide flood:
4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.
Now, some believe that the Nephilim were actually the offspring of the marriages between the sons of god (fallen angels) and the daughters of men. But a closer read of the verse seems to suggest that the Nephilim were already in existence when the sons of God and daughters of men started having children.
We know from the Biblical record and other Hebraic writings, such as the Book of Enoch, that the Nephilim were a race of giants that had a particularly nasty side to them.
The existence of these giants is confirmed again when the Israel spies reported seeing giants in Canaan.
In their fear, the 10 spies exaggerated the difference, stating the Hebrews looked like grasshoppers compared to the Anak:
33 And there we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim), and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.” (Numbers 13:33 ESV)
Nevertheless, they identified them as a race of giants and instinctively connected them to the Nephilim.
We also know that Goliath was not a one off, as he had brothers who were also giants and the Bible again connects Goliath’s family to a group called the Rapha (2 Samuel 21:18-22), and as well, Bashan’s King Og was a giant who was said to be the last of a group called the Rephaim (Deuteronomy 3:11).
The Bible claims for a period of time in its early history there was a race of giants, that seem to have broken apart into different family groups.
Of course, because of these references to a race of giants, the Bible has been mocked by atheists. But then an incredible thing happened in the past century; anthropologists discovered that for a period of time a race of giant humans actually existed.
Recently (video below), Apologetic Press‘s (AP) Dr Jeff Miller, reported on an interview that the popular evolutionary podcast, The Naked Scientist, hosted by Dr Chris Smith from Cambridge University, had with Professor Lee Berger in 2007.
Berger is a paleo anthropologist from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa and Smith actually visited Berger at his university where they talked about a race of giants who lived on the earth about 300,000 years ago.
We are not going to quibble about the age in this article, but Berger said for a period of time, there was an actual race of giants who grew upwards to seven feet tall and higher.
Berger then proceeded to show them femurs that they have discovered of these giant men that were so large, Berger said it was impossible to calculate how big they actually were.
Berger states in the interview:
“They are huge. That’s so big we can’t even calculate how big this individual was. You would need an NBA basketball player to get someone of that height. Someone like this would have been something like over seven feet tall.“
And when Dr Smith asks if these were one offs, Berger says NO, because they are finding people of this size everywhere:
“No because we found a lot of them. Everywhere we find them we find them enormous. These are what we call archaic Homo sapiens. Some people refer to them as Homo heidelbergensis. These individuals are extraordinary. They are GIANTS.“
Notice how Berger describes them a human, Homo sapiens. AP’s Dr Miller adds that Berger description of this group as being archaic in Biblical terms would put them in the pre and post flood era.
In a follow-up to his interview with Dr Berger, Dr Smith adds that humanity went through a period of ‘giantism’:
“One of the most interesting thing that the fossil record reveals is that we went through a period of extreme giantism. These were people routinely over seven feet tall, they were huge.“
Over the last hundred years or so, atheists have mocked the Bible due to its description of a race of giant men, and it wasn’t until the 20th century that evolutionists finally discovered that the Bible was right.
And speaking of giant men, what does the Bible have to say about the giant dinosaurs?
What happened to them?
Well I believe there is one Bible verse that explains what brought an end to dinosaurs, and it was not because of the flood. And oddly it may be connected to discoveries of giant beavers, the size of bears and 10 foot tall giant kangaroos.