Written By: CK Quarterman - Mar• 01•12


The Rephaim were a tribe of giants who lived east of the Dead Sea. (Deuteronomy 2:10, 11, 19, 20) The Israelite’s had trouble with the Rephaim who lived in the forest of the mountainous region of Ephraim. (Joshua 17:14-18) Goliath, whom David killed, was evidently one of these people. (1 Samuel17:4-7)

The Rephaim were the “Mighty Men of Renown,” such as the Akkadian Gilgamesh, and the Titans of Greek mythology. When these hybrid-human Rephaim died, they became Shades in Sheol. (See also, Ezekiel 32:17-32; Psalm 86:13). There was a belief among Jews during the time of Christ that the Demons who Possessed humans were the Evil Pneumas of the Rephaim.Rephaim & Nephilim

The Nephilim (Hebrew for “Fallen Ones”), were the god-heroes of old, the “Mighty Men of Renown,” the Common Mythology of the Bronze Age. They were giants (“Sons of the Mighty Ones”) who reigned on Earth. Dynasties are traced to these Heroes. The Flood was sent to purge the Earth of these hybrid creatures and the great Wickedness that they had created. Since they were hybrid beings, they passed on some form of immortality to their offspring, necessitating the Lord to cut short the lifespan of “man” to 120 years. The Rephaim are equated with the Nephilim, who were also Giants. The Anakim, at one time or another, are called “Rephaim,” “Nephilim,” and “Emim.”

When the human race began to increase, with more and more daughters being born, the sons of God noticed that the daughters of men were beautiful. They looked them over and picked out wives for themselves. Then GOD said, “I’m not going to breathe life into men and women endlessly. Eventually they’re going to die; from now on they can expect a life span of 120 years.” This was back in the days (and also later) when there were giants in the land. The giants came from the union of the sons of God and the daughters of men. These were the mighty men of ancient lore, the famous ones. (Gen 6:1-4 Message Bible)


According to tradition, the Nephilim had enormous psychic abilities. They performed levitation, mind control, and remote viewing. They had the power of pronouncing and removing curses and diseases, and had ways of knowing and predicting the future. They were extremely intelligent. They knew all about science, architecture, and engineering. They combined these skills with their powers of intelligence to build the Pyramids and the other great monuments around the world. They created human sacrifice. According to 1Enoch they drank blood and taught abortion.

The book of Enoch states,


And the fifth was named Kasdeja: this is he who showed the children of men all the wicked smitings of spirits and demons, and the smitings of the embryo in the womb, that it may pass away, and the smitings of the soul the bites of the serpent…” (Enoch 69:12a)


They certainly tampered with both human and animal gene pools (Jasher) to try and hinder redemption through a human bloodline. They were the heroes of old, the mighty men of renown, talked about in mythology, and contributed to the reason God had to destroy the world and all its inhabitants in the Great Flood.


(Genesis 14:5 NSB) »In the fourteenth year Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him came and subdued the Rephaim in Ashteroth-karnaim, the Zuzim in Ham, the Emim in Shaveh-kiriathaim,

(Genesis 15:20 NSB) »the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim

(Deuteronomy 2:11 NSB) »Like the Anakim they were also known as Rephaim; but the Moabites called them Emim.

(Deuteronomy 2:20 NSB) » This territory is also known as the land of the Rephaim. That is the name of the giants who formerly lived there. The Ammonites called them Zamzummim.

(Deuteronomy 3:11 NSB) »Of the Rephaim only King Og of Bashan was left. His bed was made of iron and was more than thirteen feet long and six feet wide. It is still in the Ammonite city of Rabbah.

(Deuteronomy 3:13 NSB) »I assigned the rest of Gilead and also all of Bashan, where Og had ruled, that is, the entire Argob region to half the tribe of Manasseh. Bashan was known as the land of the Rephaim.

(2 Samuel 5:18 NSB) »So the Philistines camped in Rephaim Valley.

(2 Samuel 5:22 NSB) »The Philistines again attacked and overran the valley of Rephaim.

(2 Samuel 21:20 NSB) »There was another war, this time in Gath. One of the enemy soldiers was a descendant of the Rephaim. He was as big as a giant and had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot.

(2 Samuel 23:13 NSB) »At harvest time three of the thirty leading men came to David at the cave of  Adullam when a troop from the Philistine army was camping in the valley of Rephaim.

(1 Chronicles 11:15 NSB) »Now three of the thirty chief men went down to the rock to David, into the cave of  Adullam. The army of the Philistines encamped in the Valley of Rephaim.

(1 Chronicles 14:9 NSB) »The Philistines raided the Valley of Rephaim.

(Isaiah 17:5 NSB) »It will be like reapers gathering the standing grain. Their arms harvest the ears, and as when one gleans the ears of grain in the Valley of Rephaim.


This broad plain or valley was near Jerusalem. It got its name from the giants named the Rephaim who once lived there. (Joshua15:1, 8; 18:11, 16)

(1 Chronicles 14:9 NSB) »The Philistines raided the Valley of Rephaim.

(Isaiah 17:5 NSB) »It will be like reapers gathering the standing grain. Their arms harvest the ears, and as when one gleans the ears of grain in the Valley of Rephaim.


Critics of the Bible have often pointed to the Old Testament God as being harsh. His treatment of the Canaanites has been a source of misunderstanding. However, the Nephilim, and their descendants, were still living in Canaan, and their wickedness was great. When one considers the worldwide wickedness perpetrated by the Nephilim in Genesis, it is not hard to understand how a similar evil could soon be exerted over Canaan thus the necessity of destroying all Canaanites, lest some Nephilim slip through the cracks.






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