of uncertain etymology; much disputed.
But, the Yahwist describes the nephilim as “heroes that were of old, warriors of renown,” not as gods or even demi-gods.
(Gen. 6:4; Num. 13:33, R.V.), giants, the Hebrew word left untranslated by the Revisers, the name of one of the Canaanitish tribes. The Revisers have, however, translated the Hebrew gibborim, in Gen. 6:4, "mighty men."