Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Battle of Edrei

The ancient city of Edrei (now the city of Daraa in modern day Syria) was once a major city of giants in the land of giants known as Bashan and it is there that Moses and the Israelites defeated the last remnants of the giants at the Battle of Edrei.

"The Emims [giants] dwelt therein in times past, a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; Which also were accounted giants, as the Anakims; but the Moabites called them Emims.'" -- Deuteronomy 2:10-11

"(That also was accounted a land of giants: giants dwelt therein in old time; and the Ammonites called them Zamzummims;" -- Deuteronomy 2:20

"Then we turned, and went up the way to Bashan: and Og the king of Bashan came out against us, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei." -- Deuteronomy 3:1

"For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man." -- Deuteronomy 3:11

"And the rest of Gilead, and all Bashan, being the kingdom of Og, gave I unto the half tribe of Manasseh; all the region of Argob, with all Bashan, which was called the land of giants." -- Deuteronomy 3:13

"And the coast of Og king of Bashan, which was of the remnant of the giants, that dwelt at Ashtaroth and at Edrei," -- Joshua 12:4

"All the kingdom of Og in Bashan, which reigned in Ashtaroth and in Edrei, who remained of the remnant of the giants: for these did Moses smite, and cast them out." -- Joshua 13:12


Fungus FitzJuggler III said...

The names of these giants all seem to be Hebrew? Have they a root meaning? A colour or other defining characteristic of the peoples described?
Do we know why they were fighting?

OilIsMastery said...


"The names of these giants all seem to be Hebrew?"

In the Bible they are because the Bible tells Hebrew history. However, giants were not limited to the Middle East. The Meso and South American peoples give the giants Indian names. And the Japanese give them Japanese names.

"Do we know why they were fighting?"

We are told they fought against eachother and fought against man over property and land.