Editor’s Note: Jonathan Poulsen has been researching the Sasquatch since 2008, but really involved himself heavily in 2011. He has since devoted his life to the near impossible challenge of verifying the existence of the Sasquatch. Shawn refers to him as the Bigfoot encyclopedia.
NOTE: This article was not written by a biased source, as I am neither an Atheist nor Christian.
In the Bible, there are numerous references that one might interpret as being related to the Sasquatch. The most famous of these is undoubtedly the giant Goliath. But, Goliath is largely thought to be just an unusually tall human, and not as a bipedal ape, early hominid, ghost, alien, or anything else that the Sasquatch is thought to be. In Genesis 27:11, a hairy man is mentioned:
“And Jacob said to Re-bekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man”.
Esau is described as a completely normal modern man, but with excessive hair growth. His behaviors were typical of men in that region during that particular time period (2,600 years ago?). Nothing about Esau seems to indicate anything cryptozoological or unexplained. One verse, also in the Book of Genesis, reads:
“Thus dwelt Esau in mount Seir: Esau is Edom.”
Could this be a way of saying Esau lived in the mountains? Possibly.
It is more likely, however, that Esau simply had a bad case of Hypertrichosis, a disease that causes unconditional hair growth all over the body. Jo-Jo the Dog Faced Boy and Lionel the Lion Faced Man, two famous circus performers, both had this bizarre disease also known as ‘Werewolf Syndrome’.
In Genesis 6:4, the following is written:
“There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown”.
From what I understand, the term ‘Sons of God’ is synonymous with the term ‘giant’. So, giants bred with daughters of men and had half giant-half man children? The children went on to become prolific and mighty. Psychologist Stan Gooch suggested that Neandertals and humans produced offspring that are still around today, and that the offspring are the Jews. So could the ‘giants’ be Neandertals? Well, Neandertals weren’t known for their great height, but they are thought to have been quite hairy creatures (which fits the description of Esau). And also, Jews would’ve been the primary group of people to read the Book of Genesis (which was originally featured in the Old Testament) and complimenting them by referring to the Jews as “mighty men which were of old, men of renown” would’ve been a positive addition to the Bible. The part I like best about the Christianity-Sasquatch connection is the comment that they lived after the initial “creation” of our planet, leaving open the possibility that they may still exist today…..