The ‘Nephilim’ Biblical Giants

The attached astonishing photos from an archaeological
discovery in Greece furnish the proof of the existence of the giants spoken of
in biblical times!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although the site is an hoax it nevertheless serves as a good introduction to a discussion on biblical giants. The first biblical account  dates back to Genesis Chapter 6 verse 4.

There is controversy surrounding the origin of these giants or “Nephilim”. The origin of the controversy lies within Genesis 6:2, “Sons of  God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose” (NKJV).  This verse gave rise to the interpretive view that “sons of God” is referring to angels. This is fraught with interpretive difficulties, but according to some it seems the most likely. It serves to reinforce the pre-flood evil in the world, for God abhors interbreeding of unlike species (v.5).

It is my opinion that although intermarriage between angels and human beings, though commonly mentioned in ancient mythologies, are surely excluded by the very nature of the created order.

There is nothing in the text of Genesis 6:2 that indicates that “sons of God” should be interpreted as angels – unlike Job1:6 where it fits  within the context of the chapter.  The context of Genesis 6:2 fits more likely within the context of Deut. 14:1 where the “sons of God” is referring to the “children of the Lord God”. Genesis 6:1-4 is more likely to refer to “sons of God”, meaning followers of God, as found in Genesis 4:6 where “men began to call upon the name of the Lord”, marking the beginning of Seth’s line. The purpose of this narrative seems to trace the parallel development of the Godly line (“sons of God”) in contrast with Cain’s godless descendants, referred to as “daughters of men”, and the two lines intermarrying. My conclusion is therefore that the giants were not the offspring of intermarriage between angels and humans, but rather that Moses is referring to intermarriage between Godly sons and ungodly wives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Responses to “The ‘Nephilim’ Biblical Giants”

  • David Woods:

    This is a very difficult passage indeed and I’m not sure if we will ever really know for sure what was meant. All the arguments seem to have their own weaknesses. (I’m not convinced by the Mark 12:25 reference; the argument is that the ‘sons of God’ left their God-ordained positions – see Jude 6 and context – that’s what made their actions so wicked. Note also 1 Corinthians 11:10.)

    I’ve come across the photos before and decided to do some homework on them. From what I can tell, they are a hoax (see http://www.snopes.com/photos/odd/giantman.asp and http://www-news.uchicago.edu/releases/photos/expedition/ (2nd-last photo).) Others have shown that such large creatures are physiologically impossible; one can’t just ‘upscale’ the human body to such a size – even elephants and giraffe have special adaptations for their size. Also, the giants shown in the photos are much bigger than the giants recorded in the Bible (which were about 3m tall).

    One day it will all be revealed!

  • Jose:

    David

    Thank you for pointing that out. It has also come to my attention via other scholars. I am aware of the argument of the “sons of God” leaving their ordained positions. Nevertheless I am not convinced that it impacts on Angels taking woman for wives as it opposes the created order. I agree with your comment on Mark 12:25 regarding its interpretative analogy to Genesis 6.

    Jose

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