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The Book of Vir-Og-dad

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Published on Jun 27, 2016
Several Reconstructions In Full From Ancient Fragments 
The Book of the Giants was published in not less than six or seven languages. From the original Syriac the Greek and Middle Persian versions were made. Also known as The Book of Giants or the Book Of Og (Vir-Og-dad) it's about the Giborim, the sons of the Nephilim, the Fallen Angels, it features a full summary of the interesting "Dream Sequences" (parables) of the giants, via the Interpretations of several professional theologians. Reading from The Book of Giants found in the Qumran Caves, the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Ka-Wan of the Manichaeans, we'll reconstruct the full story, and examine several key aspects. GIANTS AT THE NORTH POLE /EDEN? The book of giants, or known as the book of Og (ogres), states that 32 or 36 towns were built for the wicked sons of the giants near Mt Sumeru, at the North Pole. They were taken there to spare them from the war betwen the giants and the angels. Another name for the area is Aryan - Vedan,'Aryan - Weyzan' in Indo-Iranian. According to the ancient texts, these people originated the arts and crafts and built weapons for a war between the giants and the angels. The book of Enoch, and the Apocalypse of Baruch (and many other texts) are considered 'OT Apocrypha', and are kept out of the modern bible. Enoch is part of the original 88 books of the bible.
From Wikipedia: "The Book of Enoch (also 1 Enoch, Ge'ez: መጽሐፈ ሄኖክ mätṣḥäfä henok) is an ancient Jewish religious work, ascribed by tradition to Enoch, the great-grandfather of Noah, although modern scholars estimate the older sections (mainly in the Book of the Watchers) to date from about 300 BC, and the latest part (Book of Parables) probably to the first century BC. It is not part of the biblical canon as used by Jews, apart from Beta Israel. It is regarded as canonical by the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church and Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church, and it is wholly extant in the Ge'ez language, with Aramaic fragments from the Dead Sea Scrolls and a few Greek and Latin fragments. For this and other reasons, the traditional Ethiopian belief is that the original language of the work was Ge'ez. The books author was Enoch himself, before the Biblical Flood. The authors of the New Testament were familiar with the content of the story and influenced by it: a critical part of the bible, a section of 1 Enoch (1 En 1:9 or 1 En 2:1 depending on the translation) is quoted in the New Testament (Epistle of Jude 1:14–15), and is attributed there to "Enoch the Seventh from Adam" (1 En 60:8). The text was also used by the community that originally collected the Dead Scrolls Canonicity and was evidently widely known during the development of the Hebrew Bible Canon. The biblical story revolves completely around the book of giants and the book of Enoch as without these tales it lacks context.


NOTE: You are strongly advised to read the Book of the Watchers (1 Enoch 1-36) before tackling the Book of Giants! The story will make much better sense if you do.



Fragments of and allusions to the Manichean version of the Book of the Giants have been recovered in medieval manuscripts in various languages, including Middle Persian, Sogdian, Uygur, Coptic, Parthian, and Latin. The following is a summary of the surviving fragments and allusions, which I have attempted--extremely tentatively!--to put in sequence. The summaries are also very tentative; I have not consulted the texts in the original languages, most of which I do not read. For the sequencing I follow some of the many (mutually inconsistent) suggestions and observations by the various editors and commentators along with occasional bouts of my own gut feeling, but in many places the ordering is extremely doubtful. Readers may find it an interesting exercise to try to work out equally or more plausible arrangements. See after the summary for some notes on my rationale for the sequencing.

M1. The two hundred demons descend to earth.

M2. Their descent from heaven stirs up the other heavenly beings.

M3. They descend because of the beauty of the women they saw there (cf. Gen 6:2; 1 Enoch 6:1-2; Jub. 5:1).

M4. They reveal forbidden arts and heavenly mysteries in order to seduce these women (cf. 1 Enoch 7-8) and they bring about ruin on the earth (cf. Gen 6:5, 11-12; 1 Enoch 7; 9:8; Jub. 5:2-3).

M5. Someone (Enoch?) warns that the coming of the two hundred demons will lead only to "hurting speech" and "hard labor".

M6. They subjugate the human race, killing hundreds of thousands of the righteous in battle, forcibly marrying beautiful women, and enslaving the nations. The angels "veil" Enoch (cf. Gen 5:24; 1 Enoch 87:3-4, 70:3; Jub. 4:21, 23).

M7. The righteous endure burning and Enoch the Sage is mentioned.


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M8. Šamizad (Šemihaza, cf. 1 Enoch 6:3; 9:7) begets two giant sons, Sa(h)m (=Ohyah) and Pat-Sam (=Nariman or Ahyah/Hahyah). The other demons and Yaksas beget the rest of the giants.

M9. The giants grow up and wreak ruin upon the earth and the human race. The lamentation of humanity reaches up to heaven.

M10. Yima (a transmogrification of the Jewish God according to Mani's cosmology??) accepts the homage of humankind as they plead for help.

M11. Someone boasts that Sa(h)m and his brother will live and rule forever in their unequalled power and strength.

M12. The giant Hobabiš (=Humbaba) robs someone of his wife. The giants fall out among themselves and begin killing one another and other creatures. Sa(h)m and his brother are mentioned. It appears that Sa(h)m has a dream in which a tablet was thrown in the water. It seems to have borne three signs, portending woe, flight, and destruction. Nariman has a dream about a garden full of trees in rows. Two hundred of something, perhaps trees, are mentioned.

M13. Someone recites a list of proverbs involving contrasts, usually between the lesser and the greater or the derivative from the source. Nariman tells how he saw (in the dream?) some who were weeping and lamenting and many others who were sinful rulers.

M14. The giant Mahaway, son of Virogdad (=Baraq'el, cf. 1 Enoch 6:7), hears a cautioning voice as he flies along at sunrise and he is guided to safety by Enoch "the apostle" and the heavenly voice, which warn him to descend before the sun sets his wings on fire (shades of Icarus). He lands and the voice leads him to Enoch.

M15. Enoch interprets the dream, indicating that the trees represent the "Egregoroi" (Greek for "Watchers," cf. 1 Enoch 12:4 etc.) and also mentioning the giants who were born of women. Something (the trees?) are "pulled out."

M16. Someone reports that someone ordered him not to run away but to bring the message written on two stone tablets, showing it first to Nariman. He has brought them in order to share the contents of one tablet, pertaining to the demons, with the giants. Šamizad tells him to read the writing by Enoch.

M17. Enoch the apostle gives a message of judgment to the demons and their children, telling them that they will have no peace and that they will see the destruction of their children (the giants--cf. 1 Enoch 14:6; 16:3; Jub. 4:22). He refers to someone (presumably the giants) ruling for one hundred twenty years (cf. Gen 6:3). Then he predicts either an era of earthly fecundity, presumably after the Flood (cf. 1 Enoch 10:11-22), or else the Flood itself (cf. Gen 7:8-9).

M18. Sa(h)m exhorts the other giants to cheer up and eat but they are too sorrowful to eat and instead fall asleep. Mahaway goes to Atanbush (=Utnapistim--either another giant or another name for Enoch) and tells him all. When Mahaway returns, Sa(h)m has a dream in which he ascends to heaven. He sees the water of the earth consumed with heat and a demon comes out of the water. Some beings (the protecting spirits?) are invisible but he sees the heavenly rulers.

M19. Sa(h)m, Šamizad, and Mahaway have a conversation. Mahaway mentions his father, Virogdad. There are obscure references to weapons and a blessing on someone who saw something but escaped death. Sam and Mahaway search (?) for something?

M20. Someone gives satisfactory assurance to Mahaway that he will be protected from Sa(h)m but nevertheless Sa(h)m and Mahaway fall out and begin to fight.

M21. The wicked demons are glad to see the "apostle" (Enoch) and assemble timidly before him. Apparently they promise to reform their ways and they ask for mercy (cf. 1 Enoch 13:4-6, 9).

M22. Someone (Enoch?) warns a group (the demons?) that they will be taken from a fire to face eternal damnation, despite their belief that they would never lose their misused power. He also addresses their "sinful misbegotten sons" (the giants?--cf. Gen 6:3) and describes how the righteous will fly over the fire of damnation and gloat over the souls inside it.

M23. "They," presumably the demons, take some heavenly helpers hostage. As a result the angels descend from heaven, terrifying the two hundred demons, who take human form and hide among human beings (cf. 1 Enoch 17:1). They angels separate out the human beings and set a watch over them, seize the giants from the demons, and lead "them" (the children of the giants?) to safety in thirty-two distant towns prepared for them by the "Living Spirit" at Aryan Wezan (the traditional homeland of the Indo-Iranians) in the vicinity of the sacred Mount Sumeru and other mountains. These people originated the arts and crafts. The two hundred demons fight a massive and fiery battle with the four angels.

M24. Atanbush does battle, accompanied by Watchers and giants, and three of the giants are killed. An angel and others are also killed.

M25. Ohyah and Ahyah resolve to keep their promise to do battle, and they boast of their prowess.

M26. The four angels, by divine command, bind the Egregoroi with everlasting chains in a dark prison (cf. 1 Enoch 10:11-14; Jub. 5:6, 10) and annihilate their children (cf. 1 Enoch 10:15; 15:8-12; Jub. 5:7-9, 11).

M27. Even before the rebellion of the Egregoroi, this prison had been built for them under the mountains. In addition, thirty-six towns had been prepared for the habitation of the wicked and long-lived sons of the giants before they were even born.

M28. Ohyah (or Ahyah), the primordial monster Leviathan, and the archangel Raphael engage in a great battle, "and they vanished." According to one tradition, Ohyah survived the Flood and fought this battle after it.

M29. Three thousand, two hundred and eighty years passed between the time of Enoch and the time of King Vishtasp (who ruled at the time of the prophet Zoroaster, who, along with Buddha and Christ, was an apostle who came before the final apostle Mani).


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