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Ashdod's Giants
Ashteroth Karnaim's Giants

Avvim
Bashan's Giants
Beit Jibrim
Beth-Paleth's Giants
Birsha

Ashdod's Giants
Joshua lists Ashdod, one of the five Philistine cities on Canaan's southwest coast, as a place where the Anakim survived following Israel's campaign against the giants. The giant population here must have been especially large, for the Egyptian Execration Texts often refer to Ashdod as a "city of the giants." (See Beth-Paleth's Giants; Oath's Giants; Gaza's Giants)


Ashteroth Karnaim's Giants
Located about six miles northwest of Edrei, Ashteroth Karnaim served as the Rephaim's chief city in Bashan. These giants worshipped Astarte, the goddess of the crested moon. They came under attack by Chedorlaomer in the nineteenth century B.C., and though Moses described them as "great and many and tall," they were nonetheless greatly decimated. (See Abraham and the Giants)


Avvim
Experts believe the Avvim and Hurrians were the first giants to occupy Canaan. According to Moses, the Avvim lived on the plains around Gaza, but they were almost annihilated by the Caphtorim who came in ships from Caphtor. Those who escaped the Caphtorim afterward founded a city in the territory that later fell by lot to the tribe of Benjamin. To perpetuate their name, they called it Avvim. (See Israel's Wars with the Giants)


Bashan's Giants (See Argob's Sixty Cities of the Giants; also see Abraham and the Giants; Sihon's and Og's Overthrow)


Beit Jibrim
Beit Jibrim means the "House of the Gibborim," i.e., of "the Giants." The town, which still exists even to this day, commands the entrance to the Valley of Zephathah on the road from Jerusalem to Gaza. Because of its enormous caverns, it has been called "one of the most amazing cave-cities in the world." Some of the caves measure up to four hundred feet long, while their ceilings reach to heights of eighty feet. (See Argob's Sixty Cities of the Giants; Giants, Valley of the; Israel's Wars with the Giants; Rephaim, Land of the)


Beth-Paleth's Giants
Although the Hebrews were successful in their campaign to rid the promised land of all the giants, Joshua writes that some Anakim still survived in Gaza, Gath, and Ashdod. He apparently meant to say that they occupied a sizable territory around these chief cities of the Philistines. For when Sir Flinders Petrie, a British archaeologist, dug up Beth-Paleth some eighteen miles south of Gaza, he found artifacts indicating that it, too, had been inhabited by giants.28 (See Ashdod's Giants; Gath's Giants; Gaza's Giants)

Birsha
Gomorrah's King Birsha, against whom Elam's King Chedorlaomer made war, apparently was a giant. "On the basis of the Arabic language," declares G. Ch. Aalders, "the name. . . Birsha, king of Gomorrah," can be interpreted "as 'large man'."29 (See Abraham and the Giants)

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