This same story is given with more than Talmudic exaggeration in
the Targum of Jonathan ben Uzziel, while the author of the Book
of Jasher (chap. lxv., verses 23, 24) makes the camp and the
mountain forty miles in extent. The giant here figures in
antediluvian tradition. He is said to have been saved at the
Flood by laying hold of the ark, and being fed day by day
through a hole in the side of the ark by Noah himself. A
tradition which says the soles of his feet were forty miles long
at once explains all the extraordinary feats ascribed to him.
Rav Yehudah used to say, "Three things shorten a man's days and
years:--1. Neglecting to read the law when it is given to him for that
purpose; seeing it is written (Deut. xxx. 20), 'For He (who gave it) is
thy life and the length of thy days.' 2. Omitting to repeat the
customary benediction over a cup of blessing; for it is written (Gen.
xii. 3), 'And I will bless them that bless thee.' 3. And the assumption
of a Rabbinical air; for Rabbi Chama bar Chanena says, 'Joseph died
before any of his brethren, because he domineered over them.'"
THE TALMUD, _Berachoth_, fol. 55, col. 1.