Rephaim means Giant & Spirit or Ghost according to Encyclopedia Judaica. Pagan Phoenician King Tabnit of Sidon & another pagan King Eshmunazar curse those who disturb their tombs with Rephaim spirits, the likely carriers of curses who linger on earth after death. Christians have power to renounce & break curses & bind & send demons (Rephaim Spirits?) to the pit.

From the Website: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/judaica/ejud_0002_0017_0_16648.html

REPHAIM (Heb. רְפָאִים). The Rephaim are known from biblical, Ugaritic, and Phoenician sources. In the Bible two uses of the term are discernible. The first is as a gentilic (e.g., Gen. 14:5; 15:20; Deut. 2:11) referring to a people distinguished by their enormous stature. Especially singled out are Og king of Bashan (Deut. 3:11) and the powerful adversaries of David’s heroes (II Sam. 21:16, 18, 20). The biblical authors trace their designation to an apparently human eponym Rapha(h) (e.g., II Sam. 21:16, 18, 20;I Chron. 20:8). The Bible’s emphasis on the size and might of the Rephaim is responsible for the Septuagint’s renderings gigantes and titanes as well as for gabbārē of the Peshitta and gibbarāyyā of the Targums. The Genesis Apocryphon(21:28) on the other hand prefers the noncommital rephāʾayyā.

In its second use Rephaim designates “shades” or “spirits” and serves as a poetic synonym for metim (מֵתִים; Isa. 26:14; Ps. 88:11). It thus refers to the inhabitants of the netherworld (Prov. 9:18). This second meaning is also found in Phoenician sources. King Tabnit of Sidon curses any prospective despoiler of his tomb: “May there be no resting-place for you with the Rephaim” (H. Donner and W. Roellig, Kanaanäische und aramäische Inschriften (KAI, 1962), 13, lines 7–8; COS II, 182), King Eshmunazar (ibid., 14, line 8; COS II, 183) employs the same formula in the plural, adding “… and may they not be buried in a grave.”

Luke 10:14 has a quote by Jesus about Tyre and Sidon

Woe to the Unrepentant
13Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had happened in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14But it will be more bearable at the judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you. 15And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to heaven? No, you will go down to Hades!…

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~ by zamzummim on December 12, 2016.

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