The Book of Giants

  • by Joseph Lumpkin
  • Narrated by Dennis Logan
  • 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Among the first seven scrolls discovered in the caves of Qumran at the Dead Sea is a scroll given the name "The Book of Giants". It is thought to have been based on the Book of Enoch, a pseudepigraphical Jewish work from the third century BCE. The Book of Giants, like the Book of Enoch, concerns itself with the Nephilim, which are the offspring of fallen angels, who are called the Watchers. Two main versions of the text exist. The Dead Sea version is written in Aramaic. Another version has been found written in middle Persian, adapted from the Aramaic to fit into the Manichean religion. Both versions will be examined. Following theories speculating that the Book of Giants was once part of the Book of Enoch, we will attempt to place the two texts back together to render the complete story of the Watchers and the Nephilim. We will discover the history and contributions of these ancient scrolls and look carefully at their content and meaning. Throughout the combined texts of the Book of Giants and the Book of Enoch we will examine all the biblical and apocryphal references and parallels within the text. The result is an in-depth and panoramic view of the Angels, the Watchers, and the Nephilim, and how one of the giants of the Nephilim race may have survived the flood intended to cleanse the Earth of their horror.

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Codex Corrupted - Otherwise A Good Listen

If this is not your introduction to apocrypha you know that the works in this category are mostly amalgams of incomplete materials that have become extant over thousands of years. This makes assembling a cohesive document effectively impossible with what we currently know.

Academically, the issue is handled by noting places where information is incomplete. When reading scholarly works those notations are easy to ignore, but when listening to someone reading from quasi scholarly works it can be a horrible experience.

In this book every incidence of incomplete information is read aloud as "codex corrupted". Codex corrupted, codex corrupted, codex corrupted, is repeated hundreds or thousands of times. It is so bad I made a clip of those words the ringtone for my lawyer. It is funny at first, but gets old after 20 minutes or so. Consider yourself warned (there has to be a better way).

Otherwise it's a good review of the extant material. There are few absolute conjectures and those are clearly defined as such. While there's little new here, the ordering of the information is approached in an intriguing way. It's worth a listen.

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- Jesse

I Really Like the Narrator

What did you love best about The Book of Giants?

I wasn't expecting a reference book on this subject to be a work of art, but that's what this is. Well written and well produced.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Book of Giants?

allowing my subconscious mind to fill in the gaps in the text every time I'd hear codex corrupted... it's kind of like a game


Any additional comments?

I really like the narrator's voice and style, it doesn't matter what he was saying, I could listen to his voice all day. He doesn't sound like a conventional narrator and I like that the most.

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- Juize

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-20-2017
  • Publisher: Fifth Estate