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King Og

Written By: CK Quarterman - Aug• 15•11
Rephaim

Rephaim

King Og of Bashan his Genealogy

In the book of Deuteronomy, the Rephaim are identified as exceedingly tall, Giants. Deuteronomy 1.28 relates that there were Giants who were resident in the area, called Anakim, who lived there before the Israelite conquest, and who were discovered by the Israelite spies sent by Moses to scout out the land.

Deuteronomy 2.11 considers the Anakim to be Rephaim. In addition, Deuteronomy holds that Israel’s neighbouring countries were also inhabited by races of Rephaim before being settled by their human inhabitants. So, Deut. 2.11-12 and 20-21 describe Giants living in Moab and Ammon – called ”Emim” and “Zamzummim” (to buzz)– who also lived there before the Moabites and Ammonites respectively, and who are also referred to as Rephaim. The description of the Anakim in Deut. 1.28 seems to reflect the parallel account in Numbers 13.28b, 33. Yet Num. 13.33 adds the additional information that these Anakim were “from the Nephilim”. Nephilim by the way is technically (correctly) pronounced “nepheeleem.” This description links to Genesis 6.1-4, the only other place in the Old Testament where the Nephilim are mentioned, and which describes the descent of these mysterious Angelic creatures, Nephilim or “sons of god(s)”, to earth, where they interbred with the “daughters of men”, producing “mighty men” of ancient times.

Another possibility is that King Og was considered the offspring not directly of Nephilim, but of other Rephaim. Passages such as Num. 13.28 and Josh. 15.13-14 describe lineages of Anakim (who Deuteronomy consider to be Rephaim), which suggests that they were thought of as having families of their own following the initial sexual intercourse between the “sons of god” and human women. If this is the case, Deut. 3.11a might indicate that King Og was the last of a genealogy of rulers which ultimately claim an Angelic father who mated with a human mother: “only King Og of Bashan was left of the remnant of the Rephaim”. Perhaps it merely means that King Og was the last of his kind? Again, this is not entirely clear.

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