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Rephaim
        lofty men; giants, (Gen. 14:5; 2 Sam. 21:16, 18, marg. A.V.,
        Rapha, marg. R.V., Raphah; Deut. 3:13, R.V.; A.V., "giants").
        The aborigines of Israel, afterwards conquered and
        dispossessed by the Canaanite tribes, are classed under this
        general title. They were known to the Moabites as Emim, i.e.,
        "fearful", (Deut. 2:11), and to the Ammonites as Zamzummim. Some
        of them found refuge among the Philistines, and were still
        existing in the days of David. We know nothing of their origin.
        They were not necessarily connected with the "giants" (R.V.,
        "Nephilim") of Gen. 6:4. (See GIANTS T0001474.)
Bibliography Information
Easton, Matthew George. M.A., D.D., "Biblical Meaning for 'Rephaim' Eastons Bible Dictionary".
bible-history.com - Eastons; 1897.

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