Answering The Atheist
July 27, 2003 / Volume 3, Issue 30
THE ATHEIST'S COMPLAINT:
Did everyone (except Noah and his family) die in the flood? Genesis 7:21-23 says that “all flesh died”, only Noah and those with him in the ark survived. However, Genesis 6:4 speaks of the giants which were on the earth prior to the flood, and what do we see after the flood, but the sons of Anak, giants who dwelt on the earth (Numbers 13:33). Is there a contradiction?
The giants who dwelt on the earth before the flood died in the flood. Moses explicitly says, “...all flesh died that moved upon the earth...every man...they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.” (Genesis 7:21-23).
The fact that there were giants on the earth hundreds of years removed from the time of the flood does not necessitate that the giants prior to the flood survived the flood. For whatever reason, the sons of Anek grew to be giants. Later in the Scriptures, we read of Goliath, who was also a giant. There is no indication that Goliath was of the sons of Anek, but rather, he was a Gittite.
Are all giants from the same family? Variations of size (either giant or midget) are not confined to a single ancestry, but have been found, and will continue among a wide variety of families on the earth.
There is no contradiction.
This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible