Mysterious Malta

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It’s just a little island in the Mediterranean Sea, between Sicily and Africa: not very promising for agriculture, nor well-endowed with useful minerals. But whoever controls Malta can control shipping across the Mediterranean, so it’s long been a place fiercely fought over.

But long before that, tiny Malta was home to a civilization that left gigantic buildings ( ). Some of the biggest were produced by people to whom has been given the name “the Tarxien Civilization,” which flourished from about 3150 B.C. to 2500 B.C. That is, it seems to have been winding down just as the Egyptian pyramids were winding up. The dates are approximations drawn from Carbon-14 dating methods.

We don’t know who these people were. They left us no inscriptions. Pretty strange, when you come to think of that–huge, impressive public buildings with no inscriptions in them. Go ahead, try to find one in your town. It may be that the living natives of Malta are the descendants of the great builders. We just don’t know. Malta doesn’t appear in written history until long after Tarxien stopped building. The Phoenicians set up an outpost there around 800 B.C., and for some centuries after that, Malta was held by Carthage. The modern Maltese language has Semitic roots, probably a legacy of Carthaginian settlement. But the people have very likely been there much, much longer than that.

Maltese history has been pretty much a series of wars: no Mediterranean power could ever let another power control Malta. So there’s been enormous disruption, and the modern Maltese can tell us nothing about the people who built the great temples. Their folklore says that giants built them.

And unless someone is lucky enough to find an ancient Egyptian record of what was going on in Malta before 2500 B.C., we just may be stuck with the giants.

6 comments on “Mysterious Malta

  1. The Bible says “there were giants in the earth in those days, and after that…” so why not here?

  2. It seems giants are as good an explanation as any – there and elsewhere on this planet earth.

  3. We know that the Nephilim are referenced in scripture, but there is little in the way of detail as to just how big they were. I had always believed that the Nephilim were wiped out for good at the flood, but there are references to abnormally large people later on in scripture, so I’m not certain of how all of that fits in.

    Perhaps Nephilim are the explanation for the pyramids as well as these Maltese temples. I just don’t know how to explain it all. I am fairly certain, however, that history as it is taught leaves a lot of unanswered questions, which leads me to avoid being too dogmatic with regard to any of these matters.

  4. Genesis 6:4 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.

    We aren’t told when ‘after that’ was, so it could be there was another incursion sometime after the flood. Goliath, Og and others were huge!

    1. That may explain it. I would love to have a complete and accurate history of the world. The Bible provides a great deal, but it is not designed to be an exhaustive history, it really only hits on the items which relate to the establishment of the Kingdom.

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