PART III: LEGENDS
by Anthony Forwood (2011)
22: Gods of the Bible
As we’ve already seen, certain important aspects of the early legends from different cultures around the world suggest that the origin and history of the human race is tied up with another race or races of beings that were/are technologically (if not spiritually) advanced to our own. In the following sections, we will discuss some of the evidence relating to our human genetics as it is revealed in the Old Testament Bible.
On the Preservation of Biblical Legends
The Old Testament Bible is said to be the recorded history and early geneology of the Jewish people. The words ‘bible’ and ‘genesis’ both clearly reflect this. The root word from which “bible’ is derived is also the root word in ‘bibliography’, and the root word from which ‘genesis’ is derived is also the root word for ‘gene’, ‘genetics’, and ‘genealogy’. This makes it quite clear that the Old Testament Bible, and the Book of Genesis in particular, is a genealogical record and history of the Jewish people.
The writings of the Bible stem from much older texts and oral legends, compiled from a number of separate sources, and some of these sources were interpreted through the understandings of the people of the time, rather than having been copied verbatim from the older texts and oral legends. Although there was probably great care taken early on to preserve the original legends as much as possible, time has a way of degenerating events of the past and often the best efforts will still fail to preserve the full meaning of what has been said or written. Older, more accurate conceptual understandings are lost with the minds that held them, and the effort to express them in a way that withstands time is not always easily accomplished. Fresh minds not steeped in the understandings of past generations will fail to think in the same terms, and meaning often becomes distorted as an attempt is made to understand it from a viewpoint that is much separated from the time and events in question. Thus, the sources from which the earliest history of humankind is derived can be expected to have more or less suffered this sort of distortion or misinterpretation, particularly with the descriptions of our human origins as expressed in the first few chapters of Genesis. The earliest written copies of these very ancient biblical legends were probably preserved as much as possible in their original form and with as little distortion as possible, but we know that later interpretations of these legends have often been purposely distorted in order to make them fit with more contemporary ideals and understandings. This occurred at least once, when the Catholic Church, at the Council of Nicea, ordered that certain changes and omissions to the biblical texts be made. What these changes and omissions were are now the sole knowledge of the Papacy in Rome, locked away in the vaults of the Vatican.
The book of Genesis deals with the earliest history of the human species, and as such, the information it contains about this has been passed on from generation to generation for millennia, and different parts of it are likely to have been lost or altered in the process. The opening chapters of Genesis in particular deal with the earliest documented history of man as remembered through many legends that originate from our most distant past. These opening chapters, concerning the earliest days of the human race, are the oldest legends within the Bible, and as such are the most likely to have suffered any such alterations or omissions. In spite of this possibility, however, they can be seen to retain certain key aspects of events that are remarkably complex in their meaning, and often only begin to make full sense when taken from the perspective of our modern day understanding. The intervening years and centuries do not seem to have marred certain of the underlying messages within these important writings. We must keep in mind, however, that alterations and omissions have been made to the biblical texts, so on their own, they do not offer a complete picture, and must be considered in relation to other sources, such as the histories and legends of other civilizations and cultures.
Multiple Gods and Human Origins
Many ancient legends from different cultures around the world describe a multitude of gods that once lived on Earth and ruled over the human species. These legends are commonly regarded as nothing more than fictional tales, and this is mainly because until very recently when our technologies reached a certain level of advancement, we could not fathom these gods and their achievements as anything less than the miraculous works of divine creators. With our modern perspective, however, we can begin to understand more clearly the reality of these legends and the beings and events that they describe.
An analysis of the Old Testament will show that contrary to what most people understand, there was not just one, but actually a number of god-like beings on Earth in the earliest period of our human history, and it is only because this group of gods has become symbolized by the Church as a single god that we think in terms of only one god. In reading through the events in the Bible, we see that these gods appear to have been lords over different areas of land and the people who inhabited them. Jehovah, or Yahweh, was only one of these gods, and the biblical texts were centered specifically around him and his followers. However, a closer look at these texts will show that there were other gods, such as Baal and Ashtaroth, who were rivals of Yahweh, the god of the Israelites.
As stated earlier, the word ‘Elohim’, which is used in some of the more accurate versions of the Bible, is thought by most people to be a Hebrew word that refers to a single god, but is more properly defined to mean a group or council of gods. There are also direct references to the involvement of multiple gods in the early events of the Bible. For instance, in Genesis 1:26, it says: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”. This verse is very significant because it reveals several things about our human origins. Not only does it tell us that there were a number of these god-like beings involved in the creation of the human species, but it also reveals that we have purposely acquired certain of their genetics, having been made in their likeness.
Another reference to multiple gods is found in Genesis 3:22, where the Lord God says “Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil…”.
Understanding that there were multiple gods on Earth during the early events depicted in the Bible draws some light on the hidden truth of our past that will help us to get a clearer picture of what is actually being revealed in these and other texts regarding our ancient origins.
Further to all of this, we find the mention of the ‘sons of God’ in Genesis 6:2, who were undoubtedly the literal sons of the gods who at that time held lordship over humankind. We are told that these ‘sons of God’ began to interbreed with humans, and in Genesis 6:4, we see that the offspring of this crossbreeding were a race of mighty giants. This reveals that the gods were a flesh-and-blood species whose offspring lived on Earth at that time. Further evidence that the gods were flesh-and-blood creatures can be found in Genesis 6:3, where it says “And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years”. The use of the word ‘also’ seems to be saying that man is also flesh, like the gods. This can be seen when it’s taken in context to the overall discussion in this chapter of the Bible: the interbreeding between the gods and humans and the problems that resulted. That the gods and humans are both flesh-and-blood creatures (and have compatible genetics for hybridization) may mean that there will always be a potential problem between the gods and humans should they interbreed.
The Old Testament gives a somewhat vague but interesting description of the origin of the human race and details the early genetic lineage of a certain group of humans known as the Israelites. It also lays out certain laws that these people were to govern themselves by. Certain of these laws deal with matters of justice, while others deal with religious matters. There are certain laws about what is acceptable for eating, and other laws for hygiene and health. It seems apparent that the purpose of many of these laws was to preserve the health and purity of these people, but they may have also been relevant to their genetics in some way.
If humans were the product of a genetic cross between these Elohim and an earthly creature (or any other creature), then from our very beginning we have been infected with certain traits of these unearthly beings. As can be seen throughout the Old Testament, as well as many other ancient sources, these gods had a rather egotistical and warring nature, and it seems obvious that humans have acquired these particular traits as well. In fact, this is why the gods had decided to destroy humans with a deluge. This might help us in understanding why our species doesn’t seem to respect this Earth and the life forms that share it with us, and why we’re the only species on this planet that kills its own kind for reasons other than the necessity of survival. We must also consider the apparently non-spiritual nature of these early gods, who did not seem to regard anything as important or meaningful beyond themselves. A careful review of the first books of the Old Testament, which reach back to our earliest origins, will show that spiritual matters are not mentioned at all. This supports what I am saying here regarding the nature of these gods.
Concerning Adam’s Offspring
In Genesis 4:1, it tells us that Adam and Eve conceived two sons, whose names were Cain and Abel. This occurs after they have been thrown out of the Garden of Eden, and Adam is already one hundred and fifty years old. Further on, in Genesis 4:25, it tells us that Adam and Eve conceived a third son, whose name was Seth. It is Seth’s lineage that is recorded in Adam’s geneology, rather than Cain’s, who had been cast out by God for killing Abel.
It should be noted that the Bible doesn’t actually say that Cain had been Adam’s first-born son, and it’s entirely possible that Adam and Eve had conceived children while they were still in the Garden of Eden. The gods needed humans to continue to tend the garden after Adam had been expelled, and may have kept any earlier offspring of Adam’s in the garden when Adam was evicted. If Adam and Eve were genetically affected by ‘eating the fruit’ from the Tree of Knowledge, as seems to be the case, then any offspring that were born prior to them eating it wouldn’t have the altered genetics, and would still be the ignorant creature that the gods had initially intended humans to be.
When we consider this in relation to the Sumerian texts, however, it’s more likely that Adam was a proto-human, having been brought to Eden from the mines somewhere in the west. Eve was the product of genetic cloning, with the manipulation of the chromosome count to produce a female version of Adam’s otherwise strictly male species. Adam may have been a modified Neanderthal, with a larger brain capacity that was perhaps kept in check by artificial means, but growth of the neocortex could have been triggered by the ‘fruit’, and this gave us the ability to make judgments. I go over this in greater detail further on.
Whatever the case, this would give us two different genetic lineages of the human species: one with ‘awareness of good and evil’, and one without. The lineage without this awareness remained with the gods or eventually died out, and the evidence we have that shows that the two hominid species of Neanderthal man and Cro-Magnon man coexisted may be evidence of these two divergent species. The increase we see in the brain size of the later hominids compared to the earlier hominids correlates with what is stated in Genesis 3:16, where God is admonishing Adam and Eve for having eaten the forbidden fruit: “Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children”. The enlarged cranium needed to accommodate the increased size of the neocortex in the later hominid species makes childbirth difficult for women, and this is unusual in nature, there being no other animal that suffers this way in giving birth.
So, here we have physical evidence, in the form of changes in the anatomy of the evolving species, which supports what is stated in ancient legends regarding our origins and the events surrounding them.
Aside from these two possible lineages that may have stemmed from Adam and Eve’s transgression – Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon – there was a third lineage created after Cain killed Abel and was ordered by the gods to emigrate elsewhere. Cain eventually settled in a land east of Eden called Nod, and built a city that he named after his son, Enoch. Although Cain’s descendants are listed for several generations, none of them, nor his city, is mentioned any further in the Bible, so we know little else about them.
There is something noteworthy about this whole situation. Although Seth is younger than Cain, he is essentially recognized as the first-born descendant of Adam. Seth may not have even known of Cain or that he was his older brother, since Cain goes off into obscurity before Seth is even born. Cain, however, would naturally see himself as the first-born son of Adam, and he or his descendants may have felt entitled to the family inheritance that Seth received from his father. It would be an issue of title, rather than of wealth or possessions. Cain and his descendants may have harbored a desire to reclaim what they felt was due them, and this may have resulted in a secret agenda that has persisted for millennia. We don’t know any of this, at this point, but it shouldn’t be ignored in light of what I present in these pages.
Although there doesn’t seem to be any living descendants of Adam and Eve that may have been born in the Garden of Eden and remained there after Adam was evicted, we still have two separate bloodlines deriving from the brothers Cain and Seth. Since Cain went off to live away from Adam and his descendants, there would have been little interaction between his people and Seth’s for some time.
The Bible doesn’t always give us more than the first-born in the recorded lineages, but there were undoubtedly many other offspring produced by Adam and his descendants, who had life spans of nearly a thousand years at that time, and this would have helped to quickly populate the land with their many offspring. We should understand that there would have necessarily been incestuous relations within the first few generations, and this would have caused some mutations in their genetics. Thus, we see certain major genetic differences between humans today.
Into the Shadows
The Elohim, this council of god-like beings, were directly involved in at least the earliest events of the Bible, as we’ve seen, and only later does it appear that there is only one god represented in the remainder of the Old Testament. This god may have been an appointed representative of the Elohim, this being a more suitable arrangement for the gods as they disappeared out of sight but otherwise continued to rule over human civilization from behind the scenes. At any rate, the gods remained out of sight and were considered by humans to be a single god who only ever spoke to them through a chosen human proxy. As appointed representatives of the human race, the early priest-kings such as Abraham and Moses were the only humans that had any direct contact or communication with these gods, and even this eventually took place only indirectly through the use of the Ark of the Covenant, which has been suggested was actually a radio receiver. The Ark was always placed behind a screen whenever the god of the Israelites was about to speak through it. Thus, their ruling god was always a faceless entity that kept its physical distance from humans, and after some time even began to use emissaries (angels) when intervening in the affairs of humans.
The point here is that it would have been impossible for anyone to be certain that it was always the same god that was being represented in the events throughout the Old Testament, and it most probably was not. This gives some plausibility to the idea that these gods were not necessarily immortal, but instead lived and died just as all flesh-and-blood life forms do. Early on, at least in the time prior to the Flood, humans were aware of many gods, and only after the Flood, when one of these gods saved Noah and his people and took claim over them does the idea of a single, almighty God begin to take form within the biblical texts.
The gods depicted in the Bible, after having departed from the scene almost entirely, eventually came to be remembered as a single, all-powerful god. The original texts of the Bible may have been changed in places to fit more accurately with this idea, and it’s impossible to know if the same god is always being referred to or if it might be referring to different personages at different times, or even to a number of gods (the Elohim) represented as a single entity.
This is especially the case early in Genesis. We can trace the references to the mention of God and see a change in the specific titles given over this early period of history. For instance, Genesis opens by using the generic title of ‘God’, but soon switches to ‘Lord God’ in Genesis 2:4, which is a part of the text that’s believed to be written at some time long after the text of the first chapter, when a different god may have been in charge. The fourth chapter makes another switch of title to just ‘Lord’. Another change of title is found again near the end of the fourteenth chapter, with reference to ‘God Most High’. Could these changes in title indicate that the Old Testament Bible is referring to different gods ruling at different times, and who had taken on individually preferred titles during their rulership? Given the long periods of time covered in these texts, this may be precisely what is being indicated by these changes in title. We’ll discuss further evidence of the passing on of ruler-ship later on when we look again at the much older Sumerian texts.
The question of where the gods might have disappeared to remains unanswered. Why they left is a little easier to surmise, considering the problems that occurred when the gods interacted directly with humans. Further on in this text, we’ll consider evidence that will offer suggestions as to where the gods may have gone.
Degenerating Life Spans
One of the most interesting aspects of the earliest recorded history of the human species is that our oldest ancestors are said to have had extremely long life spans.
According to the Old Testament, the original human race began with Adam, who is recorded to have lived an incredible nine hundred and thirty years, as we see in Genesis 5:5. Continuing through this chapter of Genesis, we find that each successive generation of Adam’s first-born descendants are listed, along with the number of years that each of these generations lived. Starting with Adam, we thus find:
Adam = 930 years (Genesis 5:5)
Seth = 912 years (Genesis 5:8)
Enos = 905 years (Genesis 5:11)
Canaan = 910 years (Genesis 5:14)
Mahalaleel = 895 years (Genesis 5:17)
Jared = 962 years (Genesis 5:20)
Enoch = 365 years (Genesis 5:23)
Methuselah = 969 years (Genesis 5:27)
Lamech = 777 years (Genesis 5:31)
Noah = 950 years (Genesis )
From this record, we can clearly see that human life spans were originally quite long, reaching to almost a thousand years during these earliest generations. The only instance where the life span was much shorter was in the case of Enoch, who is stated in Genesis 5:25 to have “walked with God, and he was not, for God took him”, which has been taken to indicate that he didn’t die as humans normally do, but nevertheless left this world.
The above list takes us as far as Noah, and here we come to a major turning point in the history of the human race, which appears to have had a certain bearing on the declining life spans of later generations. After Noah, who was favored in the eyes of his god and was to be the last to live such a long life, we see the following generations after the Flood with their declining life spans:
Shem = 600 years (Genesis 11:10-11)
Arphaxad = 933 years (Genesis 11:12-13)
Salah = 433 years (Genesis 11:14-15)
Eber = 464 years (Genesis 11:16-17)
Peleg = 239 years (Genesis 11:18-19)
Reu = 239 years (Genesis 11:20-21)
Serug = 230 years (Genesis 11:22-23)
Nahor = 148 years (Genesis 11:24-25)
Terah = 205 years (Genesis 11:32)
From the above list of generations, we can see that human life spans became progressively shorter with each generation after the Flood event.
The sixth chapter of Genesis is very important to our overall discussion of our evolutionary history, because it holds a number of clues regarding our genetic origins and makeup, of which the shortening of human life spans is but one factor.
We find what might be taken as a direct reference to a deliberate shortening of human life spans in Genesis 6:3, where it says of humans, “…yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years”. This statement can mean one of two things. Either it’s the length of time remaining at that decisive point before humans were to be destroyed, or it’s a purposeful decision to limit the future life spans of humans to one hundred and twenty years.
In considering the first of these possible meanings, we are told in Genesis 5:32, which is the last verse of the fifth chapter of Genesis, that Noah was five hundred years old when it was decided that humankind would be destroyed, and we find further on in Genesis 7:6 that Noah was six hundred years old when the Flood event took place. This gives us one hundred years, rather than one hundred and twenty years mentioned in Genesis 6:3. We also see in Genesis 9:28 that Noah lived for one hundred and fifty years after the Flood. It is therefore more likely that Genesis 6:3 is referring to a deliberate shortening of all future human life spans.
Zecharia Sitchin offers a third alternative, based on a possible mistranslation of this verse of the Bible, which, if it were written in past-tense as “and his days were one hundred and twenty years”, it would conform to the earlier Sumerian texts, which record that ten gods reigned on Earth for a total of one hundred and twenty of their years (each being 3,600 Earth years), until the Flood event occurred. This time-line coincides with the arrival of Neanderthal man at around 400,000 BC, who may have been the result of the god’s first rudimentary attempt to create an intelligent hybrid species soon after their arrival on Earth.
We can see from the list of generations after the Flood that such a limitation to their life spans to one hundred and twenty years is not immediately reflected in the first post-Flood generations. However, the intention may have been for one hundred and twenty years to be the eventual life span of humans, rather than anything so immediate. In fact, if the gods knew something about genetics, which it appears that they did, then they would have known that human life spans would become shorter if the god-genes in humans were allowed to thin out while the earthly genes were strengthened. In this respect, it may be that the life spans of humans were as long as they originally were because of the genes they had inherited from these gods, and it would come to balance itself out between the long life spans of the gods and the much shorter life spans of whatever earthly creature humans shared their genetics with, if the gods stopped crossbreeding with humans and thereby stopped continually strengthening the god-genes in human DNA. Noah’s DNA was of the pure Adamic race, never having been injected with further god-genes through crossbreeding. We can find support of this in Genesis 6:9, where it says that Noah was “perfect in his generations”. The more earthly genetics in human DNA would have come to predominate as the god-genes in the DNA of Noah’s descendants was continually thinned with each generation. I’ll come back to this point in a moment, because there’s more to say about it.
In the following listing, which picks up the geneology from where we left off earlier, we can see that eventually the life spans of humans did in fact decline to about one hundred and twenty years, leaving the meaning of Genesis 6:3 less open to question:
Abraham = 163 years (Gen. 25:7)
Ishmael = 137 years (Gen. 25:17)
Isaac = 164 years (Gen. 35:28)
Jacob = 147 years (Gen. 47:28)
Joseph = 110 years (Gen. 50:22)
In any event, after humans had come to populate the land, and the ‘sons of God’ had interbred with them (Genesis 6:1-2), a decision was made that earthly life must be destroyed. The human race had become wicked and evil (Genesis 6:5), perhaps infected with too strong a dose of god-genes. Only Noah’s unadulterated DNA saved the human race.
It’s apparent that the act of interbreeding between these god-like beings and humans, and the fact that the lands were already well populated, was not the entire problem, however. These early generations of humans would have been a problem due to the longevity of their lives. Where today we’re used to seeing generations passing away almost as rapidly as new generations are born, at that time it would have been quite different. Older generations would still be around when their great-great-great-great-great-great-grandchildren were born, as was the case with Adam, who was eight hundred and fourteen years old when Lamech was born, and still had a hundred and sixteen years of his life yet to live. Since generations didn’t die off nearly as rapidly as they do today, and the number of offspring a man produced in a lifetime would in most cases have been much greater than is common today, we can understand that the problem of overpopulation was mounting rapidly. Considering that only ten generations had passed between the time of Adam and that of Noah, and that the land was already well populated at the time of the Flood, it’s not hard to understand that only a few more generations of people might have become a major problem. In support of this last point, we’re told in Genesis 6:5 that humans had shown themselves to be full of wickedness and evil thoughts, and this was only going to get worse as the human population increased with life spans being as long as they originally were. It seems that this had a major influence on the decision to destroy the human species.
It needs to be realized at this point that there were at least two types of humans living on Earth at the time of the Flood: those who were the product of interbreeding with god-like beings, and those who were the product of otherwise normal human breeding – the pure Adamic race. The former would have had stronger god-like genetics than the latter, and this seems to have been the problem. The human race that the gods had originally created was being altered through interbreeding, throwing the original carefully mixed genetics of the Adamic race off-balance, and giving humans too many problematic traits. In all probability, this is why the gods decided to destroy the human race.
Before we go any further, it should be pointed out that the Bible is not the only record that so clearly reflects such long life spans in very ancient times, and the Sumerian texts reflect this fact very clearly as well, and gives support to the proposition that this longevity was due to the mixing of god-genes with that of an earthly creature. One text in particular, referred to as the ‘Kings List’, records the lengths of reigns of the first Sumerian kings, and, although I won’t reproduce the entire list here due to its sheer length, I will point out some of the earliest kings that were listed, along with their almost unbelievable lengths of reign, beginning with the very first god-king on Earth:
Alulum = 28,800 years
Alalgar = 36,000 years
Enmenluanna = 43,200 years
Enmemgalanna = 28,800 years
Dumuzi = 36,000 years
Ensipazianna = 28,800 years
Enmenduranna = 21,600 years
Ubaratutu = 18,000 years
At this point in the list, it’s stated in the actual texts that a catastrophic flood event occurred, and after it was over, the kings descended from heaven again to re-establish their reigns. We find at this point that the length of these reigns became much shorter, corresponding with the change seen in the biblical records:
Jucur = 1,200 years
Kullassina-bel = 960 years
Nanjiclicma = 670 years
En-tarah-ana = 420 years, 3 months, 3 ½ days
Babum = 300 years
Puannum = 840 years
Kalibum = 960 years
Kalumum = 840 years
Zuqaqip = 900 years
Atab = 600 years
Macda = 840 years
Arwium = 720 years
Etana = 1,500 years
Balih = 400 years
En-me-nuna = 660 years
Melem-Kic = 900 years
Barsal-nuna = 1,200 years
Zamug = 140 years
Tizqar = 305 years
The list continues for some length beyond this point, and the length of the king’s reigns continue to become shorter and shorter, until they are often only several years in length. As we can see from the above, however, there is definitely a striking and immediate difference between pre-Flood and post-Flood reigns.
A point needs to be made here regarding the extreme lengths of these king’s reigns in comparison to the much shorter life spans of humans described in the Bible. At the very least, the first kings listed in the Kings List were the original gods, and as such, they had naturally long life spans extending over many thousands of years. It was only after humans had been created and the gods began to interbreed with them that the life spans of later kings began to shorten. This was either due to natural earthly causes affecting the longevity of the later gods who were born on Earth, or it was because these later kings were themselves crossbreeds, and their human genetic traits affected their life spans. We will show evidence of this a little further on.
The initial length of human life and its eventual decline reflected in these separate texts is supportive evidence of the fact that humans were actually the result of genetic crossbreeding, and that the extreme differences in life spans between the two original species involved in the creation of humans became leveled off in the human species over time through the natural effects of gene dominance. The original gods could very well have had natural life spans of many thousands of years, as we’ve already seen to be reflected in the Kings List, while the natural life span of whatever earthly species was used in the creation of humans would likely have been less than a hundred years. As long as the mix of god-genes was allowed to remain strong in the DNA of the human species, human life spans would continue to be relatively long, even if not nearly as long as those of the original gods. With the continued mixing of godly DNA with that of the crossbred human species, human life spans would remain long, but if this continued mixing was curtailed, the god-genes in the DNA of the human species would begin to weaken, the earthly genes would strengthen, and human life spans would eventually become shorter.
As we’ve already seen, however, these shortening life spans are not the only evidence that can be found to support the idea that interbreeding between the gods and humans actually took place, and came to pose a problem. Within chapter six of Genesis, we find another clue.
“There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.” Genesis 6:4
In the above biblical verse, we’re told that in the time before the Flood, as well as after, there existed a race of giants – referred to as the Nephilim in the original Hebrew texts – and that these giants were the offspring of ‘the sons of God’ who had mated with females of the human race, These giants had become great and heroic men in the earliest times.
Who were these giants, and of what significance were they in the story of our past? A closer study of these biblical giants might offer us some valuable insights about the ancient gods and our own true origins and history, so they deserve some further consideration.
A search for the mention of giants in the Old and New Testaments (King James version) reveals that there are no less than nineteen separate verses that contain a direct mention of them. From studying these, we are able to learn some interesting pieces of information about these mysterious creatures.
In Numbers 13:32 – 33 it says: “The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.” This gives us several important pieces of information. It tells us who these particular giants were – the sons of Anak – and it gives us some indication of the immensity of their size and stature. It also suggests that they were a cannibalistic people.
Searching further for the direct mention of giants, we learn in Deuteronomy 2:10 – 11 that the land of Ar was once inhabited by a race of giants who the Moabites called the Emims, “a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims”. Then, a little further on in 2:18 – 21, we learn that this land of Ar, which is on the coast of Moab, was known as a land of giants, and that it had once been inhabited by giants who the Ammonites called the Zamzummims. They are described just as the Emims are, and it seems fairly clear that the Emims and the Zamzummims were one and the same, but called by different names by the Moabites and Ammonites. We are also told in 2:21 that these earlier giants had been destroyed by the gods, and the Ammonites had succeeded them. There is no further direct mention of either the Emims or the Zamzummims in the Bible, but in Genesis 14:5 it mentions the Zuzims and Emins of the same general area, whom king Chedorlaomer slaughtered during the time of Abram. It can be assumed that the Zamzummims and the Emims were of the Anak, who were of a giant race that stemmed from prediluvian times.
In Deuteronomy 3:11, it states that Og, king of Bashan, was the last remaining giant (see also Joshua 12:4, 13:12). We’re given a description of his iron bed, which is nine cubits by four cubits in size. A cubit is approximately equal to twenty-five inches, so this giant’s bed was eighteen feet, nine inches long, by eight feet, four inches wide.
Although Og is stated to be the last remaining giant, we can see that there were still other men of giant stature in the land after him (such as Goliath), so this might mean that either Og was the last king coming from the giant race, or that these others were not of pure giant stock, but had mixed genetics between giants and men. We should also take into consideration that the original giants, of which Og was one, lived for as long as the gods did, thousands of years longer than ordinary men, and so Og may have lived since the time of their original creation. And there is also the likelihood that, as hybrids, these giants were not able to procreate, since hybrids are normally sterile. These later giants may have been created through genetic engineering, just as the gods created humans.
In Deuteronomy 3:13 it tells us that Bashan, where Og was king, was part of a larger area that was referred to as the land of giants. This reference to a land of the giants is also made in Joshua 15:8, 17:15, and 18:16. We also learn from Deuteronomy 3:5 that in this land, “All these cities were fenced with high walls, gates, and bars; beside unwalled towns a great many.” Could these giants have been the great builders in stone, the erectors of the megaliths that stand even today?
We learn from Kings II 21:16 that one of the descendents of these giants, a Philistine named Ishbibenob, had a spear that weighed three hundred shekels of brass, or about seven and a half pounds. A little further on in 21:19 we are told about another giant, Goliath’s brother, who has a spear “like a weaver’s beam”. And in 21:20 we find an interesting description of yet another giant, described as having six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot (recall the statues found at Tiahuanaco, which also had these features).
In Chronicles I 20:4 – 8, we are again told about four giants that were slain by David’s men, one having a spear “like a weaver’s beam”, while another is again described as having six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot.
In Chronicles I 11:23 there is the description of an Egyptian, “a man of great stature, five cubits high; and in the Egyptian's hand was a spear like a weaver's beam.”
The most popular biblical giant is Goliath. He is described in Kings I 17:4 – 7 as being more than six cubits in height, which is about thirteen feet. His coat of mail weighed five thousand shekels (125 lb.), and his spearhead weighed six hundred shekels (15 lb.).
A search in the Bible for the mention of the Anak or Anakim reveals a number of verses that offer us more information on these giants.
In Numbers, Moses and the Israelites are being led blindly through the desert by their god, and when they are about to enter the land of Canaan, their god directs them to send out spies to survey the land (13:2). The spies report back to Moses that “the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.” This is the first encounter the Israelites have with giants, and although they had not been aware that they were being led to do battle with them, their god certainly was. The Israelites were very afraid when they heard this report, and protested more than once, but the wrath of their god drove them on.
In Joshua 11:21 – 22 we are told that Joshua, the successor to Moses in leading the Israelites, had utterly destroyed the Anakim, and that there were no more of them remaining in the land except in Gaza, Gath, and Ashdod.
It becomes apparent that these tales of the Old Testament are relating the mission of the Israelites to eliminate all traces of these giants, who had populated the ancient lands in the earliest times before the Flood, which they seem to have survived.
The Israelites may have seemed barbaric in slaughtering entire populations, but it makes sense to do so if they were on a mission to eliminate all genetic traces of these creatures. We see that although Og was the last remnant of this giant race, there were still many others in the land after him who were of large stature, and they were obviously of mixed genetics between humans and these giants.
The images and idols of these people’s gods were also ordered to be destroyed, and the Israelites were forbidden to ever worship these other gods. This giant race and the people who lived among them were extremely corrupt and evil. The implication here is that these giants, a genetic abomination, were not beholden to serving the original gods, the Elohim, and may have even seen themselves as gods in their own right. The land of the giants seems to have included Sodom and Gomorrah, and perhaps were the reason for the utter destruction of these two cities.
As I’ve been proposing in this text, these biblical giants were the result of genetic mixing between the gods and the original Adamic human species, and the immensity of their stature, like that of the longevity of early humans, was due to the genetics of the original gods, who had naturally long life spans and may have also been of equally great stature. We can begin to see as well that these giants were not at all few in number, but populated the land perhaps as much as humans did.
In Genesis 6:4, where it first mentions giants, the more accurate Hebrew translation uses the word ‘Nephilim’. These Nephilim were the offspring created between gods and female humans. The definition of ‘Nephilim’ has been interpreted as ‘those who were cast down’, and this suggests an association with demigods, fallen angels, and perhaps even the personification of evil. Whatever the case, the Nephilim seem to have been abominations of godliness.
In considering who the ‘sons of God’ were, we might better understand who these giants were that they fathered. There are few references to the sons of God in the Bible, but interestingly, in Job 1:7 and 2:1 we find that Satan is included among them.
Could it be that the main mission of the Israelites, led by their god Yahweh, was to exterminate these unearthly abominations from the land, and to re-establish the Adamic race of ‘pure’ humans that didn’t carry certain undesirable genetic traits inherited from the gods? Could this be what led to the gods deciding that all but Noah and his family, and the creatures that he took with him on the Ark, would be allowed to die off in a global deluge? Was the Flood event intended to do more than eliminate just the human race?
It should be noted that Anak may be a derivative of ‘Anunnaki’, the name given to the lesser Sumerian gods (those born on Earth).
(Zecharia Sitchin, who is fluent in the Hebrew language, points out that the original Hebrew translation of Genesis 6:4 might be read differently, where “men of renown” can interpreted as “the people of the flying craft”, which is an equally valid translation of the original Hebrew.)
It should also be understood that Og, being the last remnant of the ancient race, may have had a shortened life span compared to his earlier ancestors, and it is not at all unreasonable that perhaps their immense stature came to be shortened as well as their genetics balanced out over the ages. Thus, although Og was as much as eighteen feet tall, he may still have been short in stature compared to his earlier ancestors. Og was a famous and mighty king (Psalms 135:10 – 11, 136:18 – 20), the last of a prediluvian race who Moses was on a mission to slaughter.
God’s Vengeance and the Meaning of The Flood
The Flood event in the Bible is the pivotal event that led humans into complete domination by one god. The biblical description of the Flood tells how a small group of humans were saved from a planetary disaster by one of the gods, who afterwards made a promise to lead these people to ‘a land of milk and honey’ if they would swear absolute obedience and servitude to this one god and do whatever was thereafter demanded by him. Through their human leader, the people agreed to this, and from that point on were led about the land and ordered to go to war with one nation after another. Any complaints from among the people were dealt with harshly. The method of rule for this god can only be seen to be one of fear and tyranny. Getting revenge for any slight seems to have been imperative to him. He demanded to be revered by his followers as the only recognized god, and promised to exact harsh punishment on any who failed to comply with his every expectation and demand.
Fully understanding the state of affairs that led up to the Flood event isn’t possible, and I’ve discussed certain particulars already, but it’s worth pointing out that the gods knew that a flood would take place. We see this in Genesis 6:17, where Noah is told exactly what destruction was about to take place: a flood of water that will destroy every living thing on Earth. Whether this destruction was intentionally caused by the gods, or whether it was a predictable but otherwise natural event is uncertain, although the way in which it has been recorded in the Bible suggests that it wasn’t a natural event, or at least the gods claimed responsibility for it. Whatever the case, it was expected that all life on Earth would be destroyed by this cataclysmic event.
At this point, we can see that with the destruction to come, whether it was a premeditated act or a foreseen natural disaster, the gods purposely intended to destroy the errant genetics that they had fostered. But we must not presume that it was just the human species itself that was the problem. When we understand that the genetic mix caused by interbreeding between the gods and their human creations resulted in the creation of giants, and that these creatures were wicked and savage – even cannibalistic – and that they occupied much of the land, it’s not too difficult to realize that they may have been the main concern of the gods.
If we seriously consider the ancient gods to have been involved in the science of genetics, it may be that the problem was more than just giants, or of human frailties. When we consider the frequent ‘mythological’ depictions from many different ancient cultures of other such odd creatures as the cyclopes, gigantes (human/serpent), minotaurs (human/bull), centaurs (human/horse), chimeras (human/lion/goat/serpent), sphinxes (human/lion), mermen and mermaids (human/fish), satyrs and fauns (human/goat), gorgons (human/snake), geryons (human/cow), unicorns, dragons, and a plethora of other creatures that often had the mixed features of different species, and if we accept that these may have been actual creations made through genetic manipulations, it begins to make even more sense why it would have become desirable for the gods to destroy what they had wrought through their genetic engineering. Although these chimerical creatures were not mentioned within the texts of the Bible, they were commonly described and discussed in other ancient legends, including those from Sumer, Egypt, India, Greece, and elsewhere. We must remember that the Old Testament Bible was primarily written as a historical record and geneology of the Jewish race, and that much has been excluded or otherwise altered, and so with these points in mind, we can understand that mention of such odd creatures may not have been retained. However, they may still have influenced the decision of the gods to wipe out all life on Earth, or they may have merely been the result of early attempts by the gods to create creatures that would serve them – with humans being a later, much more perfected creation.
Was the biblical Flood actually a contrived event, or was it an otherwise very natural and predictable event that the gods knew was to come? There is evidence from many different ancient cultures that the same or similar planet-wide destruction had been the result of a celestial object such as an asteroid, meteor, or even an otherwise unknown planet in our solar system. In fact, this is a very likely reason why the ancients were so interested in the science of astronomy, and built structures that were used as astronomical observatories. It might also explain why the Mayan calendar ends on December 21st, 2012. These possibilities are discussed in other sections of this text.
What is important to note here regarding the Flood event is that the gods knew beforehand what was going to occur, and although it may appear that they actually caused this event, this may not be the case at all. Although it may have appeared this way to Noah and anyone else who happened to survive the event, and were thus able to relate it to others after them that their god had purposely inflicted the event out of anger, this may have been a misconception on the part of the human survivors, or it may be that their god pretended to have caused it in order to appear more powerful than he actually was.