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In: The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Study of the Humanities
In: Sibyls, Scriptures, and Scrolls

In different ways the Book of Watchers, the Animal Apocalypse, Jubilees, and the Book of Giants present the insatiable appetite of the giants as the key for understanding their crimes, which include murder, anthropophagy and the consumption of blood. Blood plays a major role in the retribution by the angels against them. The appetite of the giants affects their recompense in that their bodies, not their spirits, are destroyed. In this form they can no longer eat; but, this essay suggests, their overwhelming hunger remains. The ancient Near Eastern background of depicting violence and death with language of eating is also explored. The theme of appetite is critical for understanding the giants and their crimes on earth.

In: Journal of Ancient Judaism
In: Tracing Sapiential Traditions in Ancient Judaism
In: Studies in the Book of Wisdom
In: Apocalyptic Thinking in Early Judaism
In: The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi Codices