How tall was Og the king of Bashan?

For King Og of Ba′shan was the last remaining one of the Reph′a·im. His bier was made of iron, and it is still in Rab′bah of the Am′mon·ites. It is nine cubits long and four cubits wide, by the standard cubit. – Deuteronomy 3:11

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Og is mentioned in Jewish literature as being alive from the time of Noah up until the time of his death in battle with the Israelites. It is also written in the Midrash that he had a special compartment in Noah’s Ark  just for him.  Jewish oral tradition has it that Og  sat upon the top of the ark, riding out the flood for the duration of the Flood from that location.

Such was the impact of the slain of Og in the memory of the Jewish nation that Og’s destruction is retold again centuries later in the book of Psalms (Psalms 135:11;136:20) as one of many great victories for the nation of Israel .Also the book of Amos makes a reference to Og the Amorite with the following words :”But it was I who annihilated the Am′or·ite before them,Who was as tall as the cedars and as strong as the oaks;I destroyed his fruit above and his roots below.”(Amos 2:9)

OG'S BED
Some scholars believe that King Og’s “bed” was really his sarcophagus, and was made not of “iron” but of ironstone. It measured 13 and a half feet long, and 6 feet wide. His burial place, it seems, became widely renown, and may have looked something like the picture above.

Og “was the last remaining one of the Reph′a·im” a tribe considered in ancient Israel as a tribe of giants.If the giant king’s bedstead was built in proportion to his size as most beds are, he may have been between 9 to 13 feet in height. However, later Rabbinic tradition has it, that the length of his bedstead was measured with the cubits of Og himself. The Talmud applies fantastic proportions to this giant’s height relating a story where Og was so large that he tried to destroy  the Israelites by uprooting a mountain so large, that it would have crushed the entire Israelite encampment. In the same story Moses under Jehovah’s direction not to fear this giant grasped a spear the size of ten cubits length and by jumping a similar vertical distance managed to stab Og in his ankle.

It is of great interest to mention  that the region north of the river Jabbok, or Bashan, “the land of Rephaim”, is a land full of hundreds of megalithic stone tombs (dolmen) dating from the 5th to 3rd millennia BC. At the begining of the 20th century Gustav, a German theologian and orientalist, discovered in the neighborhood of Amman Jordan (Amman is built on the ancient city of Rabbah of Ammon) a noteworthy dolmen which appears to be of the same proportionste dimensions of Og’s bed as described in the Bible. Such ancient rock burials were not the norm for the area  west of the Jordan river, and the only other concentration of these megaliths are to be found in the hills of Judah in the vicinity of Hebron, where the giant sons of Anak were said to have lived (Numbers 13:33).

The Bible is not the only record of that time to make mention of these extrodinary giants .The ancient Egyptians also called the inhabitants of the land of Canaan “Shasu.” A later text entitled The Craft of the Scribe(c. 1250 BC), which was used to train Egyptian scribes, discusses a Canaanite mountain pass during a past battle.

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Egyptian cubits were longer than the Hebrew common cubit. At 20.65 inches per Egyptian cubit, the Shasu mentioned in this letter would have measured between 6’10” and 8’7.” This description shows that the traditional measurement of Goliath is not as outlandish as many critics believe.

og's palace
One of the last great barely known wonders of the ancient world is a Stonehenge-like monument sitting atop Israel’s Golan Heights. Called Gilgal Refaim in Hebrew (The Circle Of The Refaim or “Wheel of the rafaim”), the area where Og of Bashan used to live. It is one of the most mysterious archaeological sites in the world.

 

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  1. March 26
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    Hi I am Christian, a bible believer christian. If you allow me to ask a favor that would be wonderful, would you send me your references or resources for this information.
    first, I do believe in bible alone, I do not believe that Og king of bashan was alive after the great flood in noah’s days. Your reference and resources will help me alot in my study about giants thanks,

    • jwdoctri
      March 26
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      It’s been over 2 years since I wrote this article .The sources used are the Talmud,Egyptian documents and the Bible.All my explanatory comments are based on these documents that can easily be verified online . Fascinating subject,proving that giants did indeed exist after the Flood.I hope that helps. Regards

      • April 3
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        Evidence clearly seems to suggest that not all of the Nephilim giants drowned in the Flood. King Og of Bashan is hard proof of this evidence. What’s a bit disheartening is how certain authorities in our world go to extreme lengths to hide the evidence and keep Christians and non-Christians alike in the dark.

        • jwdoctri
          April 8
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          from my research i found that there is good enough evidence to suggest that giants lived in the Promised Land during the time of the Exodus but not enough to suggest they were the giants from the time of Noah

  2. steve Thompson
    September 5
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    The antediluvian giants are different from the postdiluvian giants. Most theologians believe the giants before the flood were universal and all over the world. the Biblical accounts limit the post flood giants to Israel/Canaan, Bashan and surrounding nations. It is thought that the rebellion and evil of the Canaanites (who came from Ham and he was cursed by his grandfather Noah), contributed to a fall, similar to Genesis 6:1-4. This is a whole study in itself.

    • jwdoctri
      September 5
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      you’re in the ballpark but there is more to it ,thanks for posting

      • Adam Botha
        September 26
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        Yes. How the post diluvian giants came about is a huge topic but they were certainly there. The Septuagint even mentions Nimrod as a giant hunter and he began to be a giant? Interesting. However as dimensions go, Goliath was small compared to what has since been discovered and there have been many discoveries. The history of our earth is stranger than fiction and certain authorities have gone to great lengths to cover it up. People are blinded because they ,by default with out even thinking , view everything through the filter of the THEORY of evolution. It was a great tactic that still blinds many people including Christians

        • Adam Botha
          September 26
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          I forgot to add that Moses was of course very educated and to be specific he was educated in Egypt. His cubit would have been the Egyptian royal cubit.

  3. Lester Wheeler
    January 3
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    There is theory that King Og and his son both split the lifetime of King Og in the Bible and in extra biblical texts. ie. They were both named King Og and that is how they are both antidiluvian and postdiluvian. Elements of this point is captured in the Lost book of King Og. http://thelostbookofkingog.com/ch1-7/

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