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Question of the Week: Is there archaeological evidence of giants?

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Q: Is there archaeological evidence of giants?

A: Have skeletons of giants been discovered in the desert in Saudi Arabia? Haven't they found evidence of giants in Greece? These stories have made the rounds on the Internet in recent years, and frequently those curious (or excited) about these supposed fossil finds have contacted us about them.
After all, the Bible does say that "There were giants in the earth in those days" (Genesis 6:4) and "there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants" (Numbers 13:33). Why should we not be excited about these discoveries that once again "prove the Bible is true"? Well, mainly because these reports are false.
Basically, what is reported is that a gas company in Saudi Arabia or a group of archaeologists in Greece have uncovered the remains of giants. The reports are illustrated with photos of a dig site containing very large human skeletons. At first glance, these photographs look convincing. Then, without looking further into the matter, well-meaning people begin to use this as "proof" that the biblical text in Genesis and/or Numbers is true.
However, the photographs in question are faked. They are the product of a competition for digital photographers who were trying to create an archaeological hoax. This innocent competition's photos were then used as the basis for a very widespread Internet hoax.

Continue reading to learn more about this hoax and see how the original photos were altered, in the first article of our new web series, Arguments Christians Should Not Use.

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