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26 July 2019

The Sons of God and the Nephilim

Noah's Ark
        A hot topic in many circles concerns the 'Nephilim' or "giants(?)" mentioned in Genesis 6:4, the supposed offspring of the angelic "sons of God" and the "daughters of men."
     This group of alleged angel-human hybrids figures into many conspiracy theories about ancient aliens and ancient lost civilizations, perhaps including Atlantis. And it figures into many ideas about the final days before Jesus comes in glory with claims about the return of the 'Nephilim' and other sinister forces from the time before Noah's flood.
       The approach to the passage falls under what I call the "Mythological interpretation" of the passage. It involves importing popular assumptions, later Jewish traditions, and mythological elements from pagan legends into the Genesis account. It also misidentifies the children of the "sons of God" and the "daughters of men," which the passage labels "mighty men of renown" or the Gibborim. It also classifies members of this last group as human beings or 'enosh. Of the Nephilim, it states simply that they were on the earth before children were born to the "sons of God" and the "daughters of men."
      Nowhere does the passage mention angels, giants, hybrids, aliens or demons, and nowhere does it place the responsibility for the corruption of humanity on any group other than disobedient humanity. Unfortunately, the King James Version and several other English translations have done us a disservice by mistranslating Nephilim as "giants."
        A completely different Hebrew word means "giant," which is never used in Genesis chapter 9, Nephilim is from a verb that means "fall" and likely means something like "fallen one."
        If you wish to read an alternative approach, please feel free to download my e-book in PDF format:

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