HISTORY CORNER: Where are all those giant Nephilim bones that were sent to the Smithsonian?

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  • Osmar Schindler (c. 1888) The 5-foot-6(?) David versus the 9-foot-9(?) Goliath.

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    LUIS ROYO The Bible says Nephilim were fallen angels that mated with human women to produce a race of giants (Gen. 6).

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    GOOGLE IMAGES Chart of some reported giant skeletons allegedly found.

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    Map created by CEE HALL Sites where it is alleged giant bones were found.

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    GOOGLE IMAGES The lighting and shadows give this photo away as fake.

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    GOOGLE IMAGES University of Chicago excavation in Niger in 1993.

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    GOOGLE IMAGES Fake photo of University of Chicago excavation in Niger showing giant skull added using Adobe Photoshop.

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    WORTH1000 A Canadian contestant created and submitted this image in a fake photo contest and won third prize, followed by the picture going viral in the news media and internet as genuine.

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    GOOGLE IMAGES Former Houston Rockets star Yao Ming is 7-foot-6, a modern day giant not caused by gigantism.

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    CREATIVE COMMONS According to Guinness Book of Records, the tallest man living is Sultan Kösen, born in Turkey in 1982, who is 8-foot-2.82 inches tall shown here in London with He Pingping from China, world’s shortest man at 2-foot-5.

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    MINNESOTA HISTORICAL SOCIETY PHOTO Grand Mound Native American burial mound west of International Falls, Minn., one of hundreds across America, some allegedly containing giant human skeletons.

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  • Osmar Schindler (c. 1888) The 5-foot-6(?) David versus the 9-foot-9(?) Goliath.

  • 1

    LUIS ROYO The Bible says Nephilim were fallen angels that mated with human women to produce a race of giants (Gen. 6).

  • 2

    GOOGLE IMAGES Chart of some reported giant skeletons allegedly found.

  • 3

    Map created by CEE HALL Sites where it is alleged giant bones were found.

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    GOOGLE IMAGES The lighting and shadows give this photo away as fake.

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    GOOGLE IMAGES University of Chicago excavation in Niger in 1993.

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    GOOGLE IMAGES Fake photo of University of Chicago excavation in Niger showing giant skull added using Adobe Photoshop.

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    WORTH1000 A Canadian contestant created and submitted this image in a fake photo contest and won third prize, followed by the picture going viral in the news media and internet as genuine.

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    GOOGLE IMAGES Former Houston Rockets star Yao Ming is 7-foot-6, a modern day giant not caused by gigantism.

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    CREATIVE COMMONS According to Guinness Book of Records, the tallest man living is Sultan Kösen, born in Turkey in 1982, who is 8-foot-2.82 inches tall shown here in London with He Pingping from China, world’s shortest man at 2-foot-5.

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    MINNESOTA HISTORICAL SOCIETY PHOTO Grand Mound Native American burial mound west of International Falls, Minn., one of hundreds across America, some allegedly containing giant human skeletons.

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In 1924, the New York Times reported “A huge skeleton, believed to be that of a prehistoric human being has been discovered in Salmon River Country by two members of the State Highway Dept., who brought their find to the City.”

The largely intact bones — said to be of a woman more than 8 feet tall — were found in a cliffside about 50 feet deep, according to a report from Lewiston. The Times continued: “Belief that the person was of an herbivorous race was expressed owing to the peculiar formation of the jaws and teeth. Both the upper and lower jaws each had only ten teeth, all of which were intact.”

The Times said the skeleton was to be sent to the Smithsonian for study.

The Internet is flooded with stories like that about giants living throughout the U.S., as well as elsewhere in the world.

Another story by the Times in 1941 tells of a man’s skull found in Chile 60 feet underground during a coal mining operation. “Experts determined an ear-to-ear internal spread of nine inches, and ten inches at the base of the cranium.” From this, they determined the man to have been 9 to 10 feet tall.

Google Images shows fascinating photos of alleged archeological excavations of giant bones and skulls — most probably fake. Some skeptics would say all are fake.

But maybe not …

So who were these giants? That debate will no doubt last a long time, but many think they were Nephilim — meaning “fallen ones” — as mentioned or alluded to multiple times in the Bible, starting in Genesis 6:4:

“The Nephilim were on the earth in those days — and also afterward — when the sons of God went in to the daughters of humans, who bore children to them.” (NIV)

Genesis 6, Ezekiel 32, and Numbers 13 are the only passages that mention the Nephilim by that term. (Some Bible versions say “giants” instead of Nephilim.)

In Numbers 13:33, Moses sent spies to Canaan who reported that “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” (NIV).

(Some say Nephilim were only pre-Flood.)

Even Josephus (37-c.100 A.D.), the great Jewish scholar and historian who wrote about the early days of Christianity, told about giants: “For which reason they removed their camp to Hebron; and when they had taken it, they slew all the inhabitants.

“There were till then left the race of giants, who had bodies so large, and countenances so entirely different from other men, that they were surprising to the sight, and terrible to the hearing. The bones of these men are still shown to this very day, unlike to any credible relations of other men.”

Some believe that Goliath was a Nephilim, but that may be difficult to determine because ancient text vary on how many “cubits” tall he was, from 6 feet to 9-foot-6 — likely this height. David was probably about 5-foot-6.

A New York Times article with a dateline of Maple Creek, Wis., Dec. 19, 1897, said, “One of the three mounds discovered in this town has been opened. In it was found the skeleton of a man of gigantic size. The bones measured from head to foot were over nine feet and were in a fair state of preservation.

“The skull was as large as a half bushel measure. Some finely tempered rods of copper and other relics were lying near the bones.”

Across America there are hundreds of burial mounds — some as large as the Egyptian pyramids — believed to have been built by pre-Columbian Indians. Some have contained skeletons of giants from 7 to 10 feet tall. Regretfully, civilization has destroyed many of those sites.

One report noted that in New England, giant skeletons unearthed from these mounds often had two rows of teeth and “jaws that could fit over the head of a normal-sized human.”

In 1912, the New York Times reported discovery of 18 giant human skeletons in archaeological excavations near Lake Delavan in Wisconsin:

“Their heights ranged between 7.6 feet and 10 feet and their skulls, presumably those of men, are much larger than the heads of any race which inhabit America to-day. They tend to have a double row of teeth, 6 fingers, 6 toes and like humans came in different races. The teeth in the front of the jaw are regular molars. Heads usually found are elongated believed due to longer than normal life span.”

Many reports say the bones were sent to the Smithsonian, but they reject those claims, according to the History Code website, even though “there is evidence in the press for nearly 100 years of huge skeletons findings throughout the American Midwest.”

Sioux Native American author Vine Deloria Jr., Indian rights activist and professor of law challenged the Smithsonian:

“Modern day archaeology and anthropology have nearly sealed the door on our imaginations, broadly interpreting the North American past as devoid of anything unusual in the way of great cultures characterized by a people of unusual demeanor.

“The great interloper of ancient burial grounds, the nineteenth century Smithsonian Institution, created a one-way portal, through which uncounted bones have been spirited. This door and the contents of its vault are virtually sealed off to anyone, but government officials. Among these bones may lay answers not even sought by these officials concerning the deep past.”

The Smithsonian has been saddled with claims that it deliberately destroyed giant bones sent to it from multiple sources, so as not to give credence to Biblical accounts of Nephilim. Conspiracy theorists remain convinced that the bones are hidden somewhere.

Why would the Smithsonian do that? Because giant ancient humans would challenge the theory of evolution is one answer. It would show that we have actually devolved — not evolved. Giants were big and strong — and we aren’t by comparison. It’s the old battle of creationists versus the evolutionist; Biblicists versus scientists.

So there’s a great deal of controversy, scholarship and lots of photos and artwork on giants. But what is true history and what’s myth?

National Geographic News says they were flooded with emails from around the world when the Society was credited with finding a giant human skeleton in India. A photo that showed the bones being unearthed and crated added credibility, but it was a digitally created image entered into a contest for hoax photos hosted by the website Worth1000.

Quoting David Mikkelson of Snopes.com, the National Geographic article says, “Such hoaxes succeed when they seem to confirm something people are already inclined to believe, such as a prejudice, political viewpoint, or religious belief … A hoax also needs to be presented in a framework that has the appearance of credibility.

“It appeals to both a religious and a secular vision of the world as different, and more fantastic than mere science would lead us to believe,” he said.

The massive amount of literature and images available from sources around the world, backed by Biblical credibility, make the Nephilim story highly plausible. But it is also an easy target for fake news. Photoshop users have been especially creative.

Reports of giant skeletons larger than Goliath are most likely a hoax. Former Houston Rockets basketball player Yao Ming is 7-foot-6 and may be considered a giant today and even more so in ancient times when people were smaller. The actual percentage of modern humans who reach 7 feet in height is a minuscule 0.000007 percent.

There are also giants today taller than Yao Ming, and they are unquestionably that tall due to gigantism, a rare pituitary gland disorder.

Renowned undersea explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau told this writer that he hoped that the Lost City of Atlantis would never be found, believing that whether successful or not, just the act of searching for the unknown has its own rewards — an everlasting search and appreciation for truth, knowledge, scholarship, creativity, progress and high adventure.

Maybe one day someone will open some crates in a Smithsonian storage facility and find the missing bones of some giant humans from long ago.

Then they’ll have to explain why they hid them in the first place.

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Stifling of dissent…

“I don’t see the Smithsonian as being in a conspiracy in the true definition of the word. I see it as a sort of stupidity in the sense that they have ignored an aspect of their own findings that the public sees as intriguing. Instead of engaging the public, they alienate it. I also see that American archaeology resents all outsiders, resists all beliefs that go against their beliefs, and they utilize skeptics as a sort of police force to silence critics and others. From a psychological standpoint, they are doing battle with their own shadow. It is a battle that can’t be won.”

— Dr. Gregg Little, AP Magazine

Jefferson liked fossils…

In 1804, Thomas Jefferson reserved a room in the White House for his collection of extinct elephant, giant ground sloth, and bison bones, teeth, and tusks. He believed the bones were animals and not human giants. Fascinated by a huge claw of a ground sloth, Jefferson wrote to a friend, “I cannot…help believing that this animal, as well as the mammoth are still existing.”

How long is a cubit?

Old Testament measurements are in cubits, but it’s difficult to determine how long a cubit was. Lengths differ among different groups. The Hebrews had two measurements — believed to be from 17.5 to 20.4 inches, the length of the forearm from elbow to fingertip. The Egyptians ranged from 17.6 to 20.6 inches. Noah’s Ark may have been bigger than some believe.

A span is half a cubit, measured from thumb tip to pinky tip — about 9 inches.

No Nephilim after the Flood…

“The Bible makes clear that the human-giants after the flood were not Nephilim, by saying those that called them so were slanderers in Num 13-14. Both the presence of human-giants after the flood and the shortened lifespans after the flood can be tied to the Nephilim that lived before the flood, through a woman on the Ark, without any resumed fallen-angelic interbreeding after the flood. The evidence for this theory is seen in that all of humanity soon had lifespan shortened to 120 years, and Gen 6:3 shows the prophecy of a shortened lifespan as being related to the fallen angels taking wives, and their offspring.”

— Paradox Brown, “A Modern Guide to Demons and Fallen Angels”

Giant conspiracy…

“If one good, complete giant skeleton were known to exist in its entirety, which scientists today could openly study and discuss with the public, there would be little need for discussion of a conspiracy.”

— Micah Hanks, writer, researcher, podcaster

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