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Giants γίγαντες
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In the strict sense the Gigantes in Greek mythology were the serpent-footed giants who were born from the blood-drops of the castration of Uranus (Heaven) that had fallen on Earth (Hesiod Theogony 183–186). The term gigantes occurs about 40 times in the LXX and refers there respectively to: a) the giant offspring of ‘the sons of God’ and ‘the daughters of mankind’ (Gen. 6.1–4; Bar. 3.26–28; Sir. 16.7); b) strong and mighty men, like Nimrod (Gen. 10.8–9); c) several pre-Israelite peoples of tall sta…

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G. Mussies, “Giants γίγαντες”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 03 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Giants>

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