SPECIAL TOPIC: TERMS USED FOR TALL/POWERFUL WARRIORS OR PEOPLE GROUPS (GIANTS)

These large/tall/powerful people are called by several names.

1. Nephilim (giants, BDB 658, KB 709) – Gen. 6:4 (see  Special Topic: Sons of God in Genesis 6); Num. 13:33

2. Rephaim (giants, BDB 952 II, KB 1274) – Gen. 14:5; 15:20; Deut. 2:11,20; 3:11,13; Jos. 12:4; 13:12; 2 Sam. 21:16,18,20,22; 1 Chr. 20:4,6,8

3. Zamzummin (BDB 273), zuzim (BDB 265, KB 266) – Gen. 14:5; Deut. 2:20

4. Emim (BDB 34) – Gen. 14:5; Deut. 2:10-11

5. Anakim (sons of Anak, the long-necked ones, BDB 778 I, KB 859 II) – Num. 13:33; Deut. 1:28; 2:10-11,21; 9:2; Jos. 11:21-22; 14:12,15; 15:14; Jdgs. 1:20

Notice how Gen. 14:5 mentions three of these groups of large men (cf. LXX, Vulgate).  The term Rephain is also used of those living in Sheol (cf. Job 26:5; Ps. 88:10-11; Isa. 26:14,19).

 

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