"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 th