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Giants: Sons of the Gods Paperback – June 8, 2013
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About the Author
Douglas Van Dorn is the author of Waters of Creation: A Biblical Theology of Baptism and Galatians: A Supernatural Justification. He has pastored the Reformed Baptist Church of Northern Colorado since founding it in 2002. He co-hosted the radio show Journey's End in 2011-12. He is a member of the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America and presently serves on its Administrative Council. He has been married to his extraordinary and beautiful wife Janelle since 1994. They have been blessed with four amazing girls and One gracious and loving God. He has climbed all 54 of Colorado's 14,000 ft. mountains and also Mt. Rainier in Washington.
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This book is a detailed study of the giants described in the Bible. Most people have probably heard of Goliath but are completely unaware that many other giants and giant people groups are mentioned throughout the Old Testament. The author surveys this data in a readable manner, treating the Scripture as the authority, and makes some interesting conclusions based on his research.
In addition to the biblical material, the author incorporates data from archaeology and other ancient writings to show that it wasn't only the ancient Hebrews who believed in the existence of giant peoples. Civilizations from all over the globe have left clues that tell us about these giants. It's been said before, but sometimes the truth really is stranger than fiction.
I have reached slightly different conclusions than the author on a few issues in the book. For example, I would be a little more cautious in drawing certain inferences from Scripture about some of the people groups described, although I think his conclusions are plausible. Even with the minor differences I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants a better understanding of Scripture, particularly of the Old Testament.
Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of this book for free from the author. No other compensation was received. The fact that I received a complimentary product does not guarantee a favorable review.
First, let me assure you that Van Dorn is not some kind of imaginative, spiritual wanderer who has created a story in his mind seeking to support it with Biblical arguments. No, rather the author devotes an extensive introductory section carefully exegeting multiple scriptures in an attempt to first understand what the Bible is trying to tell us. He also does an excellent job summarizing how Jews in the New Testament era and Christians have historically interpreted the key passages in Genesis. I know Doug personally and assure you that he views scripture as the authoritative, inspired word of God and would loathe the mishandling of scripture or speculation that detracts from the Glory of Christ ; in "Giants" he seeks to derive his understanding of this story from what the text says.
Van Dorn allows that there are different ways of interpreting this story in Genesis, but holds out that the most Biblically faithful way to view it is that spiritual and human beings did in fact conceive offspring, which were giants. Holding to that view he then re-examines the Biblical narrative from pre-flood times through the time of Abraham and the patriarchs, Israel's conquest of the land of Canaan to the famous story of David and Goliath and uncovers whole new levels of understanding and nuance in these Biblical narratives, if in fact sons of gods really did come down to earth and marry daughters of men.
Following from this interpretation of the Biblical storyline, Van Dorn traces the age old struggle between the offspring of Eve and Satan, culminating – as the promise to Eve was given – in Jesus Christ, the only begotten (an important word here) Son of God achieving total and complete victory over Satan.
Van Dorn’s writing is supported by the work of others. He is not the sole voice exploring this weird possibility, but rather provides extensive references, footnotes and appendixes citing the scholarship of others from the modern era all the way back to extra-biblical commentaries and texts prior to the time of Jesus.
Be warned, for those of us so engrossed in the physical realm, this book stretches the mind to consider what is really possible and what really exists in the spiritual realm. Read the book and draw your own conclusions.
President, Transform Minnesota: the evangelical network