Recent Giant Scholarship

Israeli Ministry of Tourism logoWhat are biblical scholars saying about the Giants in the Old Testament / Hebrew Bible? The latest word in biblical scholarship can be found here:

Galbraith, D. (2013). “Manufacturing Judean Myth: The Spy Narrative in Numbers 13–14 as Rewritten Tradition”(Thesis, Doctor of Philosophy)

Among the findings:

(1) the Hebronite traditions (concerning the Judahite leader Caleb, the city of Hebron, and ‘the sons of Anak’ who inhabit Hebron) are not vestiges of ancient legend which have been preserved in the text, but are all secondary to the spy-rebellion tradition derived from dtr Deut. 1;

(2) gigantic stature was first attributed to the sons of Anak and Nephilim in the composition of Num. 13–14, and to the Anakim and Rephaim of Deut. 1–3 in post-deuteronomistic Hexateuchal additions which harmonised the text with the expansionary Num. 13–14;

(3) the extension of the term ‘Rephaim’ to denote entire giant peoples throughout their associated territories also originates with the Hexateuchal harmonisations in Deut. 1–3;

And a detailed interview with the author can be found on Jim West’s blog, Zwinglius Redivivus:

“Scholars You Should Know: Deane Galbraith”

I know, I know – such gratuitous self-publicity…

The Meads of Asphodel summon the Anakim: Sons of Anak Rise!

The Meads of Asphodel
The Meads of Asphodel

“Sons of Anak Rise”
The Meads of Asphodel
Exhuming the Grave of Yeshua
Supernal Music, 2003

Slain of hebron desert titans
Sons of anak rise.
Earth born giants torn asunder
Sons of anak rise.

Ishbiben ohya achor
Beelisas arba lahmi
Sons of anak rise
Sons of anak rise.

Og of bashan great goliath
Sons of anak rise
Horim emim mighty nephilim
Sons of anak rise.

With midian steel the giants fell
All murdered by the hebrew priests
& they shall not rise nor live again
These sons of anak deceased.

Og of bashan great goliath
Sons of anak rise
Horim emim mighty nephilim
Sons of anak rise.

The Meads of Asphodel
The Meads of Asphodel

The Meads of Asphodel are a UK band which deliver that all-too-rare combination of black metal and 70s prog rock. The band was founded in 1998 by lead vocalist, Metatron.