The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
LegendMyth, saga, legend, and fairy tale are commonly considered to be the same thing. Even scholars sometimes use the terms interchangeably, and distinctions that are made are not accepted by all. One frequent distinction is that a myth is a wholly invented tale with no factual basis in history, while
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
LEGEND. The prevailing view of liberal scholarship is that the Bible contains legends which may or may not have an historical nucleus and which are not to be depended upon for basic historical reliability. (A typical example of this approach may be found in the article on “Legend” by Sigmund Mowinckel
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
LegendA genre of narrative whose content and structure typically emphasize the virtue of the protagonist. The goal of the legend is to edify its audience. “Legend” stems from legenda, the Latin term for “things to be read,” used for the medieval Christian stories about the lives of saints. Although
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Legend. *A designation for a broad number of narrative forms. It does not necessarily imply denigration of the historical value of the narrative found in these forms. Included under the general designation of legends, as the term is used in a broad sense, are legends proper, ancestor sagas, cult etiologies,
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
LEGEND. Legend is a narrative genre that is concerned with the wondrous, miraculous, exemplary, and etiological portrayal of persons, places, and events in the real world. Although legend typically portrays historical persons, places, and events, it is distinguished from history by its refusal to be
Key passages
Wis 14:6–7

For even in the beginning when proud giants were perishing, the hope of the world, taking refuge on a raft, guided by your hand, left a seed of generation for eternity. For blessed is the wood through which righteousness comes.

Bar 3:26

The giants who were famous from the beginning were born there, being very large and capable of war.

3 Mac 2:4

Those who previously did wrong—among whom were giants, who trusted in Rome and arrogance—you destroyed, bringing on them immeasurable water.