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 Palestine, 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.)
The rephaim, "lofty men," are frequently named in the Old Testament, the word being generally translated "giants."
The forest of rephaim was also the cause of Absalom's personal destruction.
Such might be the special privilege of the rephaim, and other tribes of which we read.
The tribe that first felt his sword was that of the rephaim, or giants.
The primary place was held by the aborigines, the Anakim and rephaim, a powerful race of giants.
Yes, it will be like when one gleans grain in the valley of rephaim.
Then the Philistines came up again and spread out over the Valley of rephaim.
He was in some strange way entangled in the branches of a tree as he fled on his mule through the forest of rephaim.
And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread themselves in the valley of rephaim.
rephaim or "Giants" was a general epithet applied to the prehistoric population of the country.