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rephaim

rephaim


  1  definition  found 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Rephaim 
  lofty  men;  giants,  (Gen.  14:5;  2  Sam.  21:16,  18,  marg.  A.V., 
  Rapha,  marg.  R.V.,  Raphah;  Deut.  3:13,  R.V.;  A.V.,  "giants"). 
  The  aborigines  of  Palestine,  afterwards  conquered  and 
  dispossessed  by  the  Canaanite  tribes,  are  classed  under  this 
  general  title.  They  were  known  to  the  Moabites  as  Emim,  i.e., 
  "fearful",  (Deut.  2:11),  and  to  the  Ammonites  as  Zamzummim.  Some 
  of  them  found  refuge  among  the  Philistines,  and  were  still 
  existing  in  the  days  of  David.  We  know  nothing  of  their  origin. 
  They  were  not  necessarily  connected  with  the  giants"  (R.V., 
  "Nephilim")  of  Gen.  6:4.  (See  {GIANTS}.)