The Old Testament is filled with some strange occurrences. One odd occurrence in the bible was the appearance of giants known as Nephilim.
“The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went in to the daughters of humans, who bore children to them. These were the heroes that were of old, warriors of renown” Genesis 6:1-4
“We saw the Nephilim; and to ourselves we seemed like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.” Numbers 12:32-33
So, who were the Nephilim? In the bible, they are the sons of God and the daughters of men. . . however that works. Loosely translated the word means “giants”, although some believe the word comes from the Hebrew word for “fallen”.
Their presence in the bible has been interpreted many different ways. Some claim them to be the offspring of angels, while others claim them to actually be fallen angels. Others claim they are the result of Aliens (or angels) and humans breeding.
Most Sunday school students remember the story of “David and Goliath”, the young boy who slew the giant armed only with a slingshot. Goliath, the most famous of Biblical giants, was actually a descendant of the Nephilim, a Philistine warrior who stood nearly ten feet tall.
The first discovery of what may have been actual proof of the Nephilim’s existence happened in 1705.
Massachusetts Puritan Cotton Mather strongly believed that bones found near Albany, New York actually belonged to giants who died in Noah’s flood. Paleontologists later debunked this claim when it was proven that the bones actually belonged to a mastodon. For centuries, fossilized remains of large animals such as elephants, giant sloths, and bison have been mistaken for giants. But for some, that still doesn’t dispel their supposed existence.
In 1928, Peruvian archaeologist Julio Tello discovered an enormous intricately designed graveyard containing some of the largest skulls ever found. Some of the skulls were believed to be over 3,000 years old.
A recent DNA test found that the DNA contained in these skulls had mutations unknown to human, primate, or animal.