The Nephilim

Abron Toure By Abron Toure, 12th Jun 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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One of the standing mysteries of the antediluvian period in the Old Testament is the question, who are the Nephilim?

Who Are The Nephilim?

One of the standing mysteries of the antediluvian period in the Old Testament is the question, who are the Nephilim? The conventional thinking is they are descendants or offspring of “fallen angels” and the daughter’s of men. Why this thinking persists today is beyond me. One would have imagined theologians would have gotten to the bottom of this by now and although I am not a Biblical scholar, I am a proponent of common sense. So I will give you my take on this scriptural reference.

Every bit of intuition indicates with regards to this topic instinct tells me angels having children with human women smacks of mythology. Rationalism dictates beings of the flesh and beings of the spirit the combination is incapable of producing offspring. Instead if a union of some sort as described by these passages did take place it stands to reason both creatures would have to have been at least biologically or homo genetically compatible.

There is also another bit of mystification that does not sit well with my trend of thinking. If some semblance of the occurrence in fact has been biblically accurately recorded but “fallen Angel” and human woman did not give birth to beings called the Nephilim or as they are referred to in the King James Version “Giants in the land”, then who did or what is more likely to have happened. First it is my take the Nephilim and the “Giants in the land”, these being are one and the same. The interpretations of angels somehow being in the act is a misrepresentation. This confusion is even further compounded by the accusatory notion the Nephilim are evil spiritual beings or “fallen angels”. When there is every indication the idea angels, impregnated human females is just not possible.

Why such a conclusion? The answer may rest in the psychology of the human condition and the insecure tendency on the part of men throughout the ages when it comes to a mystery to chalk it up to a divine cause or simply putting the blame on God. Things are happening everyday; we as men and women, stewards of the planet need to take responsibility for and just give God a break. This business about the Nephilim mating with a frailer human species, why it just simply wasn’t framed as more of a natural occurrence bares witness to this weakness. So let’s assume something did happen. Then the conclusion would follow, if these two species bore children then the notion one of the parents were angels needs to be dropped.

Here is my take on the famous scriptural quotes surrounding this controversy, The King James Version, Genesis chapter 6, verses 1 through 4 states:

And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. 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.

Once the notion that the phrase “sons of God” is not a reference to angels is accepted the idea of the Nephilim and the daughters of men giving birth to a pleasantly genetically altered being becomes more palatable. For example there is some indication that the Nephilim lived longer than the average man. Why else would there be the caveat that God would limit the time his spirit would strive with the new man. From my understanding this would just be a reference to perhaps the maximum average life span of the byproduct from such a union. Even though the reference says the statement is from God my tendency is not to blame God for this result or even label it as a curse but it is more likely the natural result of a superior being mating with one of a lesser quality.

This would substantiate the idea giving us every indication the two creatures were biologically compatible. This is further reinforced by the phrase, “for that he also is flesh:” as mentioned in the above verse. This quote specifically lets us know we are not dealing with a spiritual being like angels and God is certainly not talking about Himself as an object of the flesh. So the word, also, in the reference “also is flesh” means the two being of concern are flesh and blood.

Given what we now know about medical science there is no need to fall back on human weakness and the tendency to blame the unexplainable events on God. The resultant explanation when doing so often lies further from the truth. This is not to say the more likely explanation is no less miraculous. It is evident we should remove the crutch of leaning on the divine as the cause of this action unless we want to make God a party to an event where the whole happenstance is shrouded in lust. Therefore, a point of clarification, most believe the Nephilim are a product of Angels and humans. My contention is these “sons of God”, these “giants in the land” were on the earth before man. They are a wondrous mystery waiting to be realized at some later time in the future.

So, I am not above the notion of going out on a limb because the whole analysis begs the question if the Nephilim were already on the earth, not fallen angels and if they were of flesh and blood than who were they? The “sons of God” demons and fallen angels I think not. Lonely perhaps or even somehow left behind, not able to get home most likely. Why else after being on earth their normal life span approximately 500 to 900 years would they then decide to take wives?

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.

Here is another possibility. In the time before the flood there was more than one species of beings on the planet, perhaps an evolving species of man as we know today and a more perfect species of man, the Nephilim. At some point the beings that were more perfect departed the planet leaving it to be ruled by the new man, a lesser species than the more perfect beings, “sons of God”. Unfortunately for some of the “sons of God”, they were left behind, the so called “Fallen”. This species over time for whatever reason, natural causes, disaster or even being assimilated by the more dominant species died out. The product of the union eventually resulted in modern man.

The idea of two separate species exiting on the planet and both being dear to God but the earth being inherited by the more inferior of the two has a simple explanation. It just happens to be one of those truths that have yet to be revealed. It is not any different than any other archeological discovery to be. It will eventually fill a hole in the fabric of history. Sure some of this is speculation but why blame God for what we do not understand. There are some basic commonsensical things we should strictly adhere to. One is. God would not have sex with a human female and two, neither would the angels. That leaves the most likely which is two human type species came together out of need to mate and give birth not to an abomination but to a genus that would be better equipped to survive the post antediluvian period.


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Abron Toure has a BA in Philosophy, Brandeis, a BS in Chemical Engineering, Northeastern, MS Administration, Boston University. worked for Raytheon, Lam Research and Tokyo Electron Limited.

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