Jericho is one of the oldest and most important cities of all time. Modern excavations have confirmed the numerous ancient ruins of this city. It was a sacred city and the site of many bloody wars.
In ancient times, Jericho was known as the City of Giants, because there were giants called Gibborim. The term “Gibborim “, “famous ancient heroes “, mentioned in the book of Genesis 6 (Genesis 6), were not as tall and strong as the Nephilim, but they were extremely dangerous warriors.
According to the Bible, these people (Nephilim) are a group of 200 noble Gods, they came down to earth and became “Falling Angels “, then they mate with the women of the earth.
The giants mentioned in the book of Genesis were a cross between humans and “Falling Angels”. The descendants of the Nephilim were the Gibborim giants. Joshua, who became the leader of the Jews after Moses died, mentioned the Gibborim in his chronicles.
(The walls of the city of Jericho. Image source: Biblical archeology)
The story of the city of Jericho is told in the excerpt Joshua 6:1-27. From Joshua’s writings we learn more about the actual inhabitants of the ancient city of Jericho.
In Joshua 6:2, it is written that God said to Joshua:
“And the Lord said to Joshua, I give you the city of Jericho, its king, and its mighty men.” (Joshua 6:2)
According to biblical scholars, “mighty men” is a reference to the Gibborim. This phrase has the same Hebrew origin that Moses used in the book of Genesis to denote the giant.
(Ancient stone tablet The Victory Steele of Naram Sin circa 2254-2218 BC reveals the existence of Giants)
“There were giants on the earth at that time and even after that, when the sons of God mate with the daughters of men, and they bore them children. These are the heroes of old, men of great fame.” ( Excerpt from Genesis 6:4)
This means that the Gibborim giants took up residence in the city of Jericho. Joshua says that when the walls of Jericho fell, he and the Israelites encountered giants in battle.
Will the Gibborim survive?
According to Robert C. Newman, Professor of New Testament Studies at Hatfield Biblical Theological Seminary, Pennsylvania, the word “Nephilim” was used by rabbis at Num. 13:33, the term is related to Anakim at the time of the migration.
With hints in Deuteronomy 2:10-11, 20-21 (the fifth book of the Bible, containing a summary of the Ten Commandments of Moses), they found the Nephilim described by 5 different names with the words “metaphor”.
Two of those words are super-sounding : “Gibborim: … the marrow of each person’s femur is eight feet long (the cubit is called: the neck gauge is approximately the same length as the length of the forearm, about 18 inches or 44 centimeters). , also has cubits 21 inches or 52 centimeters)”; “Anakim: …their necks reach even to the sun.” The term “Nephilim” is understood as “they turned the world upside down with abortion that was against their morals”.
As Newman points out, some of the Nephilim’s offspring that seem to have existed before the flood were “Gibborim”, “Mighty Men”.
According to some ancient sources, some of the surviving Gibborim fled to Africa
Several biblical stories also speak of the Rephaim, a group of giants described as “mighty men of great stature who lived in Canaan.” It can therefore be assumed that the Gibborim People lived in the city of Jericho in ancient times.
When bred, the Gibborim were superior to the people of the time.
In the Bible, it is said that the Hebrews burned the whole city of Jericho. They burned everything around Jericho city and they pulled down the wall after that and escaped from the burning zone.
Did all Gibborim die in the cremation? It seems so, but some sources say that some Gibborim escaped. According to the Jewish Encyclopedia, the survivors were led by Ifrikish ibn Kais to Africa. After killing the king of that place they settled there. The Berbes are their descendants.
Another source, Mr. Procopius of Caesarea (An ancient port on the Mediterranean coast of Israel, one of the main cities of Roman Palestine), an ancient scholar of the late Palaestina Prima period writes that these giants fled to Africa. The settlers in Libya, spread across Africa, and they went as far as the Pillar of Hercules, two peninsulas at the eastern end of the Strait of Gibraltar.