The Giants Of The Bible
Ancient giants were real, and their existence is well-documented in ancient texts and historical artifacts. As one fascinated by this fact, it was with willing obsession that I dove into research to discover more. Perhaps one of the most reliable sources for information on giants is found in arguably the most-read book of all time, the Bible.
“There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.”
—King James Bible, Genesis 6:4—
The above passage is one of many found in the Bible on giants. Not only does the Bible contain numerous references on the existence of giants, but it also provides valuable insight into their origins (the offspring of fallen angels and humans), distinguishing features (six toes and six fingers), disposition (evil), position in society (rulers), and their size. This article will focus on the likely size of ancient giants according to the Bible.
The Bible cites to many giants, and even names them, including Anak and the sons of Anakim, Og, Saph, Ishbi-benob, Sippai, Lahmi, and the most famous of them all, Goliath of Gath—and hence the focus of this article. In several areas the Bible gives valuable information on the size of giants, although the height and length measurements are in cubits and weight in shekels, which has led to different interpretations and hence inherent differences. Such Bible citations can be found in Samuel and Deuteronomy and may differ with the version of the Bible. As a whole, they are relatively consistent, it is the subsequent interpretations where the discrepancies primarily lie.
The below passage is from my book titled Goliath The Giant of Gath. After exhaustive research, the following was considered a logical and reasonable conclusion on the size of Goliath based on the available information and in consideration of the available information on height, length, and weight (including that of his armor and weapons). It should be noted that my research extended well beyond the Bible and that my conclusions were undoubtedly influenced by a multitude of sources.
“When fully grown, the giant elicited bewilderment even from those who encountered him daily—standing nine feet nine inches tall and weighing over four hundred pounds, heavily muscled, a construct of gargantuan power.”
How so I have been asked. Put simply, in a far from simple equation, the Bible in 1 Samuel 17:4 states:
“And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.”
Taking a cubit as 18 inches, and a span as nine inches, then Goliath’s height measured nine feet nine inches.
So there you have it. Of course, the opinions and conclusions of others may differ, and many will scoff. Without visual proof, a standard that cannot be met, the answer to the question of size will never be answered to the satisfaction of some. But have faith, ancient giants were real, and their return is foretold. Mayhap then we can ask a giant to allow us to settle this once and for all.
Height of Goliath Of The Bible
Final notes on the characteristics of Goliath as determined from the Bible and other references on ancient giants:
• 9 feet 9 inches tall.
• Over 400 pounds.
• Muscular and athletic. He was the Philistine army champion, a great warrior which is why he was sent to challenge any Israelite that would dare meet him in the Valley of Elah.
• Age unknown except that he was in his prime when he met David.
• 6 fingers on each hand, 6 toes on each foot.
• Had extra row of teeth on top and bottom, giving him a very strong jawline.
• Handsome, but mean looking. Ancient writings indicate that giants were vain about their looks.
• Large facial features including straight nose, high cheekbones, large deep-set eyes (giants were described as god-like in appearance).
• Clean-shaven and did not have a beard. Giants were mostly well-groomed and likely used body oils and perfumes.
• Light color skin complexion. Giants lived amongst the Philistines whose origins were Greek and are often cited to be from the north and have red, blonde, or jet-black hair that is long, straight and often braided.
• Disposition was mean and evil. Giants were ruthless rulers with little or no compassion for others and were rumored to be cannibals.
• Giants were the offspring of fallen angels and human women.
About Alexander Royson
The Following is an online interview conducted by Celthric with Alex Royson:
How did you get into writing?
–I grew up in a home filled with comics, mostly due to two older brothers) which led to me loving superheroes and fantasy. As I got older the focus became more on fantasy books and movie. My first book was inspired by events that still shape me today, and suffice it to say, I was compelled to put the words on the page. A short description of this compulsion cannot do it justice, so I refer those with interest to read the prologue to my book titled: Goliath The Giant of Gath.
What can you tell us about your daily routines that help you focus and your creative habits? So, for example how do you come up with some of your ideas and inspiration for your book?
–I started the book at a time when I was unable to focus or get much sleep, a difficult time that many or most of us will experience something similar to in life. Writing the book brought much needed relief. The book was inspired by the real-life biblical story of David and Goliath.
But writing the book was not enough. I also felt compelled to bring to life the images in my head. The result was a hybrid graphic novel filled with artwork incredible artists from around the world.
Is this book very personal for you? If so, how?
–Yes. I became obsessed with writing the story behind the short biblical story, with unpacking David and finding out who Goliath really was.
How did you come up with the book title?
–The book title is based on the principle; Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS) is best. LOL.
Plot and Synopsis
Can you describe what the book plot and give a detailed synopsis of the book, of course without any spoilers.
–The book begins with my personal story and why I wrote the book, what in essence made me do it, the dark forces we all must confront. It then transitions into a horridly wild ride into an ancient world of troubled heroes and nightmarish villains. The book is fully illustrated featuring top fantasy artists from numerous countries that I worked closely with to help bring the story to life.
It answers the question of who was the giant Goliath? Goliath was essentially a descendant of giant kings, one of the last of a dying breed of ancient rulers cursed to near extinction. He was prone to dark thoughts and murderous rampages, but he did have ambitions that the book explores.
It brings new insight into David, a youth of exceptional prowess. David was a shepherd’s son who unknowingly held the power to save the over-matched Israelites and change the world forever, but he had to first survive his own demons and those that conspired against him.
An epic confrontation was brewing between supernatural forces with more at stake than just a piece of land.
Is there any movie, book, or television series that you can somewhat liken your story to? So for example, some books you can say are like Game of Thrones or Star Wars, what mainstream and popular movie do you think your book somewhat “feels” like? Did you want this to be the case?
–My favorite writer is Robert E. Howard, and I hope that I can bring this ancient world to life like he brought so many fantastical heroes and places to life for me. The most inspiring artist for me going into this was Frank Frazetta, and similar to the aforementioned author, I hope the story and artwork are something he would appreciate.
Themes or Messages
What themes and deeper meanings or messages can we expect to find in this book if any? Is there any deep meanings or philosophical questions being explored in the book?
–The basic premise is that there is good and there is evil, and there is an ongoing battle between the two that started long ago. There are messages in there, but perhaps they are different for everyone. Overall, it’s a story of good versus evil. Have faith that good will ultimately triumph.
Off the wall question, but would some of the issues being explored in the book relate to us here in the real world?
–Simply put, absolutely they do. We are all connected.
What can you tell us about the setting that we will be seeing in this book?
–Approximately 1,000 years BC the Philistines had established the Philistia nation, with impressive cities, the city of Gath being the leader. The Philistines were a warring race, and to be reckoned with by any they considered trespassers. Nearby the Israelite settlers had arrived from the Exodus as they were promised the land by God. Something had to give.
What cultures or societies can we expect to see and can you tell us about how you came up with creating these societies? Was it difficult to get deep into how the societies function?
–This is historic fantasy based on real people and places.
Tell us about the history of the land or world or worlds that we will be exploring through out the book?
–The real ancient world of the Philistines, Israelites, Egyptians, Assyrians, and more was filled with violence, evil, religion, kings, queens, kingdoms, human sacrifice, gods, sex, drugs, sorcery, retribution, heroes and so much more.
What can you tell us about some of the main characters and villains in this book?
–David was true to life super hero who eventually became a great king. He was perhaps the greatest warrior of his time and would have a spot in any argument of the greatest warrior of all time.
Goliath was a god-like specimen of incredible power. He was handsome, mean, compassionless, huge, strong, vain, evil at his core, and chosen by the Philistines and evil itself as their champion. He was sent to end David’s life, but it was not to be as powerful forces played a role in the outcome.
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