In the “Antiquities of the Jews“, the story of Aaron’s son Eleazar’s height according to Josephus went like this. ‘There was that there was a Jew named Eleazar the Giant, who stood over ten feet high, was among the hostages that the king of Persia sent to Rome to insure a peace.” This is quite amazing because I certainly never recall hearing that Eleazar was a a giant who was 10 feet tall. Eleazar, (Hebrew: אֶלְעָזָר, Modern Elʻazar Tiberian Elʻāzār ; “God has helped”) was a priest in the Hebrew Bible, the second Kohen Gadol (High Priest) – succeeding his father Aaron. He was a nephew of Moses.
The question must be asked if Eleazar was a giant, wouldn’t his father Aaron the Levite be a giant as well and also Aaron’s older brother, Moses or their father Amram, the patriarch of Islam or his mother Jochebed (“Yahweh is glory”) who was a daughter of Levi?
Amram we know of as the son of Kohath, who was a son of Levi. This would make Jochebed the aunt of Amram, her husband. This kind of marriage between relatives was later forbidden by the law of Moses. ʻAmrām ; Friend of the most high/The people are exalted. Also, Moses who may have been a giant we find in Numbers 12:1 – Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite.
Could this be the union of the Giants with another tribe producing the Nephilim that would forever split the blood of the giants?
The Nephilim were the offspring of the “sons of God” and the “daughters of men” according to Genesis 6:4; and giants who inhabited Canaan according to Numbers 13:33. The Book of Jubilees narrates the genesis of angels on the first day of Creation and the story of how a group of fallen angels mated with mortal females, giving rise to a race of giants known as the Nephilim.
One thing we know for sure based on these historical accounts is that Eleazar was most definitely a descendant of the giants and this would also make the Levites descendants as well. In my future article I will explore some other fascinating facts about the giants in the bible and how the above facts were a huge turning point in world history for everyone.