Giants, men of extraordinary size or height.
1. They are first spoken of in Gen. 6:4, under the name Nephilim. We are told in Gen. 6:1-4 that “there were Nephilim in the earth,” and that afterwards the “sons of God” mingling with the beautiful “daughters of men” produced a race of violent and insolent Gibborim (Authorized Version “mighty men”).
2. The Rephaim, a name which frequently occurs. The earliest mention of them is the record of their defeat by Chedorlaomer and some allied kings at Ashteroth Karnaim. The “valley of Rephaim,” 2 Sam. 5:18; 1 Chron. 11:15; Isa. 17:5, a rich valley southwest of Jerusalem, derived its name from them. They were probably an aboriginal people of which the Enim, Anakim and Zuzim [which see] were branches. [See also Goliath.]