By Gordon King
The Nephilim, the Giants of old. What do we know about the Nephilim? Most of us have heard the story of David and Goliath. This was actually a true story.
1 Samuel 17:4
4 A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. His height was six cubits and a span.
The length of a cubit was based on the distance from the elbow to the fingertips, so it varied between different ancient groups of people. However, it says according to “the common cubit”, so the average cubit was approximately 18.5 inches. A span was the distance between the tip of the thumb to the tip of the small finger when the hand is fully extended, approximately 9 inches.
Free Dictionary.com definition “Cubit”:
An ancient unit of linear measure, originally equal to the length of the forearm from the tip of the middle finger to the elbow, or about 17 to 22 inches (43 to 56 centimeters) or approximately 18.5 inches.
Free Dictionary.com definition “Span”:
The distance from the tip of the thumb to the tip of the little finger when the hand is fully extended, formerly used as a unit of measure equal to about nine inches (23 centimeters).
So Goliath was 6 cubits x 18.5 inches = 111 inches / 12 inches per foot or 9.25 feet plus 9 inches = 10 feet tall.
1 Samuel 17:48-50
48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.
50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.