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There Were Giants in Those Days!

"The eyes of that species of extinct Giants, whose bones fill the mounds of America, have gazed on Niagara as ours do now."

Abraham Lincoln, 1848

We have all heard the Holy Scripture story of David and Goliath. David, who was a shepherd boy according to the Holy Scriptures, defeated Goliath a giant of a man over nine feet tall. David killed Goliath and won the day by hurling a single rock into the forehead of Goliath, killing him on the spot.

King David tells of many battles the Israelites had with giants, mostly Philistine giants. The following Holy Scripture describes some of these battles. We begin in 2nd Samuel 21:15-22 of the New Living Translation (NLT). All of my references from the Holy Scriptures will be from the New Living Translation. Here is how 2nd Samuel 21:15-22 reads.

15"Once again the Philistines were at war with Israel. And when David and his men were in the thick of battle, David became weak and exhausted. 16Ishbibenob was a descendant of the giants; his bronze spearhead weighed more than seven pounds, and he was armed with a new sword. He had cornered David and was about to kill him. 17But, Abishai son of Zeruiah came to David's rescue and killed the Philistine. Then David's men declared, 'You are not going out to battle with us again! Why risk snuffing out the light of Israel?'"

18"After this, there was another battle against the Philistines at Gob. As they fought, Sibbecai from Hushah killed Saph, another descendant of the giants."

19"During another battle at Gob, Elhanan son of Jair from Bethlehem killed the brother of Goliath of Gath. The handle of his spear was as thick as a weaver's beam!"

20"In another battle with the Philistines at Gath, they encountered a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in all, who was also a descendant of the giants. 21But when he defied and taunted Israel, he was killed by Jonathan, the son of David's brother Shimea."

22"These four Philistines were descendants of the giants of Gath, but David and his warriors killed them."

And, in Numbers 13:30-33 we find this final quote:

"But Caleb tried to quiet the people as they stood before Moses. 'Let's go at once to take the land,' he said. 'We can certainly conquer it!'"

"But the other men who had explored the land with him disagreed. 'We can't go up against them! They are stronger than we are!' So they spread this bad report about the land among the Israelites: 'The land we traveled through and explored will devour anyone who goes to live there. All the people we saw were huge. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak. Next to them we felt like grasshoppers, and that's what they thought, too!'"

For those of you who might believe these stories of great battles with giants are fictitious, you should read Richard J. Dewhurst's book, "The Ancient Giants Who Ruled America." In the pages of his book, Mr. Dewhurst uncovers more than 400 newspaper clippings of early American archeological digs where the bones of giants were found. As in the Holy Scriptures, bones of early American giants with six fingers and six toes on each hand and foot were found as well. Some of these same giants had double rows of teeth and, their skulls were enormous. It is a fascinating read when you realize that giants were once quite prolific in America and even beyond America. There are also many legends of monolithic structures around the world built by giants.

Now, let us return to the Holy Scriptures once again. In Deuteronomy 1:28, NLT in the paragraph just below it reveals one of the many problems the Israelites faced after wandering for 40 years in the Negev Desert. They needed to find land to settle since they were a large group of people of approximately one and one-half million in population. Of course, to settle that many people required a great deal of land. Therefore, Moses sent out one scout for each of the 12 tribes of Israel to look for appropriate land to settle. One of the scouts returned with the following startling message. Here is how it reads.

28"Where can we go? Our brothers have demoralized us with their report. They tell us, 'The people of the land are taller and more powerful than we are, and their towns are large, with walls rising high into the sky! We even saw giants there--the descendants of Anak!'" (Deuteronomy 1:28, NLT).

And, Deuteronomy 2:10, NLT, reads as follows, 10"A race of giants called the Emites had once lived in the area of Ar. They were as strong and numerous and tall as the Anakites, another race of giants. 11Both the Emites and the Anakites are also known as the Rephaites, though the Moabites call them Emites."

For those of you who might be interested, I have included some additional information below concerning David when he first defeated Goliath. I will evaluate David as a shepherd boy and Goliath as a warrior to give you a better perspective concerning the matchup between the two foes.

To begin, was David only a small lad when he confronted Goliath on the battlefield? This is the question I will attempt to answer. For instance, there are references in the Holy Scripture that would suggest that David was quite a large boy. David said he could hold a Lion by the jaw with one hand and club it to death with the other hand (1st Samuel 17:34-37, NLT). David goes on to say that he has done the same with Bears. An ordinary-sized man would not be able to hold a Lion by the jaw and club it to death. Even a man of six feet in height would pale in comparison to a Lion that could weigh six or seven times his weight. The Lion would easily fling David around even if David grasped the Lion by the jaw. The much smaller weight of David could not hold and control the much larger mass of a Lion or Bear which can weigh a thousand pounds, more or less. By the way, weight is the mass of a body under the influence of gravity.

Perhaps David was an immature boy; however, David would have needed tremendous strength to be able to grasp a Lion by the jaw and club it to death. And, imagine David holding a Bear by the jaw. To kill any large predator such as a Lion or Bear would take some doing and would seem impossible for even a very large man. Since the much large predator would be trying to break free and flee if it were being struck repeatedly, David would have had to be a large and massive boy to hold the Lion or Bear by the jaw. Not a small boy as we are led to believe. However, David's weight compared to the Lion or Bear would be many times less, and, of course, physics would have to be overturned for it to have happened as described in the Holy Scripture. The more massive Lion or Bear would simply carry off the less massive David. The strength in David's hand would have to be enormous to hold a thousand-pound Bear or even a six-hundred-pound Lion. Still, David's brothers never accused him of lying concerning his enormous feats of strength, nor did they accuse David of boasting far beyond reality. Even King Saul believed what David claimed to be able to do. After all, King Saul did appoint David to battle Goliath.

After Kind Saul issued his plea for someone to battle Goliath, David came forward against his brother's wishes. David argued with King Saul, saying he could take down Goliath just as he could take down a Lion or Bear, and King Saul finally relented and said, "All right, go ahead, and may the Lord be with you!" (1st Samuel 17:37, NLT). If you were going to wager everything in your Kingdom on one man, would you choose a small boy to try and defeat a nine-foot nine-inch giant, which is what the height of Goliath was? (1st Samuel 17:4, NLT). Goliath would probably have weighed 575 pounds or so according to my own calculations, give or take 50 pounds. Plus, all the weight of his armor would put his combined weight at perhaps eight or nine hundred pounds.

King Saul was said to be head and shoulders taller than any man in the land (1st Samuel 9:2, NLT). So, let us say King Saul stood around seven feet tall. That would probably make Kind Saul head and shoulders taller than any man in the nation he controlled. So, King Saul was taller than most Israelites of his time. After King Saul consented to David's request to be the champion of the Israelite nation, he gave David his armor.

38"Then Saul gave David his own armor--a bronze helmet and a coat of mail. 39David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before."

39"I can't go in these," he protested to Saul. "I'm not used to them. 'So David took them off again'" (1st Samuel 17:38-39, NLT).

Does this not demonstrate that David was much taller than we were led to believe? After all, King Saul was head and shoulders taller than any man in the land, and yet David was able to put on Saul's armor and not complain that it was way too large or heavy for him to wear, which a small boy would mostly likely complain about. Instead, David said, "I can't go in these. I'm not used to them."

Can you imagine David wearing a helmet that moved about his head like a wounded Duck? Or, perhaps, unable to hold the sword of King Saul in his small boy's hand? King Saul's breastplate would weigh quite a lot as well. So, naturally, David would look pretty ridiculous walking toward Goliath, a small boy trying to see from under a huge helmet, dragging a sword, and weighted down by body armor. Goliath would probably have laughed himself to death at the sight of David as he approached wearing armor way too large for his small boyish frame. The armor alone would have encumbered David so much in the fight with Goliath that David would have lasted only a matter of seconds. Anyway, are we left with the impression that King Saul's armor was too large for David to wear? No, quite the opposite. We are left with the impression that David simply felt uncomfortable wearing body armor that he was unaccustomed to wearing.

I doubt that King Saul would have even offered David his armor if David were a small boy since he could not possibly have worn it and survived. Could David successfully defend himself if Goliath was swinging his sword to and fro while David was trying to adjust his helmet, which would have been way too large for his head? All the while, Goliath would be trying to slash David in two. Not likely, and David made the right decision and fought the Philistine giant with his slingshot and won.

How much would the Philistine giants' armor have weighed? The helmet was made of Bronze, as was his leg armor. Goliath's chain mail weighed 125 pounds. It was said that the tip of Goliath's spear weighed 15 pounds, and the spear shaft was as thick as a weaver's beam (1st Samuel 17:4-7, NLT). Have you tried to lift a gallon of water with one hand? If you have, you know it is heavy. One gallon of water weighs approximately 8.45 pounds. Now, imagine how strong you would have to be to throw a fifteen-pound iron spearpoint at the end of a twenty-two-foot spear. Very strong indeed. This is the estimated length given by some Holy Scripture scholars for the length of Goliath's spear.

Goliath also carried a bronze javelin on his shoulder and, what of his sword? It might have been five feet or more in length and either Iron or Bronze. It might have weighed a hundred pounds or more. Goliath would have to have been tremendously strong to weld his sword for hours during battle. This gives you some indication of the weight of Goliath's armor and the weapons he was carrying. Goliath's shield was carried ahead of him by his armor bearer.

David did have great courage and excellent skill with his slingshot. Goliath, on the other hand, had tremendous strength and endurance. However, David was able to lift Goliath's sword and with one swipe, cut off Goliath's head. This shows you David's great strength as well. Could a small boy unsheathe a five-foot sword weighing a hundred or more pounds and with one swipe, cut off Goliath's head? In my best days, I could not pick up a hundred-pound sword over my head and then have the strength to use it to cut down even a small tree. David later carried Goliath's head back to present to King Saul. What must Goliath's head have weighed? It probably weighed well over a hundred pounds since the head is one of the densest parts of our body. I mention this because later, David would take Goliath's body armor home with him and store it in his tent, except for Goliath's sword, which David would come by when David asked Ahimelech the priest at Nob if he had a sword or spear which he could use to defend himself (1st Samuel 21:8-9, NLT). David accepted the sword of Goliath offered by Ahimelech, which was an estimated one-hundred poundslingshot in weight to use to defend himself. Of course, by this time David was an older man and apparently had the strength to use Goliath's sword in battle.

Anyway, the whole point of this is to show that David was not a small boy, as we are led to believe. We are told that David was the youngest of all his brothers and yet he must have been quite large and strong for his age. We do not know how large the men of Israel or Judah were at that time. Although, we do know they fought against many giants in those days. Even Goliath had a brother who was one of the last giants the Israelites killed. Some of the neighboring kings of that time were giants as well. For instance, "King Og of Bashan was the last survivor of the giant Rephaites. His bed was made of iron and was more than thirteen feet long and six feet wide" (Deuteronomy 3:11, NLT). King Og, may have been as tall as twelve-feet considering the size of his bed.

Anyway, that is all I have for this essay. For those who would like to hear or see other evidence of giants in America, please watch the following video links and the one interview of Richard J. Dewhurst if you please. These are only a few of the links available that have giants as subjects of their presentation.

"Lovelock Cave: Red-Haired Giants of Ancient Nevada." Arthur is British, July 2018.

Presented by Hugh Newman, Co-Arthur of "Giants On Record."

"Giants in America" by Brian Forester, 16 mins, 39 seconds in length

Presented by Treasure Exploration and Research

Regina Meredith interviews Richard J. Dewhurst; which aired on July 2, 2022. Mr. Dewhurst wrote the book "The Ancient Giants Who Ruled America: The Missing Skeletons and the Great Smithsonian Cover-up." Mr. Dewhurst reveals some interesting additional information in this interview.

Typed by Wayne Hill.

Inspired by The Holy Spirit, my wonderful friend.

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