Wednesday, July 8, 2015

They Might Be Giants

Discussing with a friend of mine the various aspects of mythology and particularly mythical creatures mentioned in the Bible and how they are sometimes sanitized in translation, I decided to complete a post I have been working on for some time. These mythic elements are there and while I do not feel bound to treat them all as literal, and I do not know if the original authors thought them literal, they must nonetheless be understood in their original context. We need not have a translator shield our eyes from what the text plainly says. This post therefore will deal with the subject of giants.

The Bible mentions various races of giants. The giant stories seem to have been restricted to the earliest, somewhat legendary histories of national origins of the various peoples in the area including some great stories of Israel's founding heroes. If you are a fan of the documentary hypothesis you will find that the giant stories do not come from a single textual tradition although some names for the giants might be specific to certain sources.