Giants Of The Past

The Bible actually teaches there were giants who once roamed the earth! They were very tall people. Some were the descendants of Anak—the Anakites. Their chief location was Hebron:

They went up through the Negev and came to Hebron, where Ahiman, Sheshai and Talmai, the descendants of Anak, lived. (Num 13:22)

It is possible there were only three Anakites in the days of Caleb:

From Hebron Caleb drove out the three Anakites—Sheshai, Ahiman and Talmai—descendants of Anak. (Josh 15:14)

Arba was the greatest man among the Anakites. (Josh 14:15), but there were other giants too as tall as the Anakites:

(The Emites used to live there—a people strong and numerous, and as tall as the Anakites. Like the Anakites, they too were considered Rephaites, but the Moabites called them Emites. (Deut. 2:10,11)

The most crucial bit of information about the height of the Biblical giants is found in conjunction with Og, the last of the Rephaites. His iron bed was over 13 feet long! The width was 6 feet. Imagine how B-I-G he must have been:

(Only Og king of Bashan was left of the remnant of the Rephaites. His bed was made of iron and was more than thirteen feet long and six feet wide. It is still in Rabbah of the Ammonites.) (Deut. 3:11)

Is it possible that Og was about 12.5 feet tall, slightly shorter than his bed? If so, then he was a couple feet taller than Goliath, who was over 9 feet tall (1 Sam. 17:4). David slew him with a stone and sling and because he had faith in God! It took people who had a strong faith in God to conquer such giant-like people. Caleb was another such person (Josh. 15:14).

[Dan Corner is the director of Evangelical Outreach, a true evangelical ministry.]