Nephilim - Giants - Sons of God And Daughters Of Man

Are The Nephilim Really The Offspring Of Sons of God And The Daughters Of Man?

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Who were the nephilim?  The word nephilim appears twice in the Old Testament of the Bible.  They are first mentioned in chapter 6 of the book of Genesis and then again in Number 13:33.  But their brief mention in the Bible has led to an ongoing debate as to who or what the nephilim were.  Much of this debate stems from the passage in the Bible that states:

When people began to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that they were fair; and they took wives for themselves of all that they chose.
The Nephilim were on the earth in those days - and also afterward - when the sons of God went in to the daughters of man, who bore children to them. These were the heroes that were of old, warriors of renown
.  Genisis 6: 1-4

The traditional definition of Nephilim is giant.  Some dictionaries describe the nephilim as being giants who also possess super human strength.  The Greek Septuagint, an ancient translation of the Hebrew Bible, refers to them as gigantes, which actually means "earth -born", a concept we will be coming back to as we continue.  It is believed that the word Nephilim comes from the root word "Naphal" which means to fall.  In biblical circles this definition has quickly put the Nephilim into the role of the children of the fallen angels.  The word Naphal, however, is never directly associated with the concept of fallen angels.  Its meaning in context is more closely associated with the idea of lying prostrate or of prostrating oneself.  There are also ties in this word to the concept of failure, falling short or being cast down.  

Over the years a mythos has developed around the concept of the nephilim.  It alleges that these giants were the offspring of the "Sons of God" and the "Daughters of Man".  Are the nephilim the children of the untoward relationship?

The connection between the biblical text and this claim, although commonly pointed to as the basis of this belief, is unfounded.  The document in which we find statements that support this claim actually comes from the apocryphal Book of Jubiliees. 

And it came to pass when the children of men began to multiply on the face of the earth and daughters were born unto them, that the angels of God saw them on a certain year of this jubilee, that they were beautiful to look upon; and they took themselves wives of all whom they chose, and they bare unto them sons and they were giants.  The Book of Jubilees - Chapter V: 1

Is the claim that the nephilim were the offspring of the sons of god and the daughters of men supported by sources outside the Judeo-Christian tradition?  In other words, does mythology worldwide support this belief?

The notion of giants roaming the earth can be found in cultures worldwide.  Greek mythology tells us that the Titan Cronos castrated his father Uranus in order to gain control of the Greek pantheon.   It is from the blood of the castrated Uranus that fell upon the earth that the giants, the "earth-born", were created.  The Earth-born were, when compared to us, were giants.  The giants, under the rule of Cronos lived during the golden age, in a time that was free from sorrow or care and everyone lived happy and joyous lives. 

It was only after Cronos' son Zeus fought for control of both the heavens and the earth that everything changed.  Zeus in his new role, according to Greek myth, put the giants to work.  It was just a matter of time before the giants starting ignoring the god's mandates.  They were no longer prostrating themselves to the will of the gods.  Their lack of complete servitude and their failure to comply with the gods demands incited the "children of god" into a full blown rebellion against the heavenly gods.  Heavy losses were taken on both sides, but their revolution was finally suppressed by the gods.  A truce was declared.  As part of their reparations to the giants it was decided to create a new race to handle the burdens that were cast upon the giants - man. 

Padraic Column in his book entitled Orpheus, Myths of the World, relates this tale about the creation of man.  Aztec legend recounts how the Earth-mother, Citlalicue, gave birth to a flint knife.  When the knife was flung down onto the Earth, it was transformed into sixteen hundred "earth-gods".  (Is there connection between the flint knife, flung down by Citlalicue, and the sickle used by Cronus to castrate his father?)  These newly formed earth-gods lived as men and women and labored in search of food.  After some time, the Earth-gods began to think that this work was below their station.  They were, after all, the children of the Sky-father and Earth-mother.  They asked their mother Citlalicue to make race who would serve them and bear the burdens they faced.  With the help of Citlalicue, mankind was created. 

Based upon these mythological traditions it seems clear that the earth-born giants, the nephilim, existed long before man first inhabited the earth.  Thus when you read the line "The Nephilim were on the earth in those days - and also afterward" it seems clear, from this perspective that the authors were not being vague.  Instead they were just making a statement of fact - that the Nephilim, the earth-born were on the earth at that time. 

So who were the offspring of the sons of god and the daughters of man?  The Hebrew Bible refers to them as gibborim.  The inferred meaning of this word is men of great stature, heroes, men who are valiant or brave.  The Greek Septuagint identifies them as the renominati or men or renown.  In Greek mythology the gods have a long history of having relations with humans.  The names of some of these "demi-gods", or semi-human individuals, whose names have withstood the tests of time include were Hercules, Perseus, and Achilles.  In India they are called Hanuman and Garuda and in Sumer Gilgamesh and Adapa. 

Interestingly, a parallel myth to this biblical narrative does exist.  It comes to us from the pages of the Hindu epic the Ramayana.  The Ramayans is the epic tale of Rama, the 7th avatar of the supreme god Vishnu.  Rama lived during the Treta Yuga.  It was an age where the world was filled with giants.  Around the same time as Rama's birth, the supreme god Vishnu, knowing what was in store for him requested that all of the gods descend to the earth and mate with the apes and the bears.  This request was made in order to, when the time was right, to provide Rama with an army he could use to help hi conquer Ravana the giant demon king of Lanka.

The offspring of these unions obtained an array of impressive skills from their divine parents.  The mighty Sugríva was the ruler of the vanara, the ape-men).  His father was Surya, their chief solar deity.  The demi-god Hanúmán was the son of the wind god and is described as being able to travel very fast, while Nala was the son of the god of building and construction and is the vanara that helps Rama to build a bridge from mainland India to Lanka.

These thousands did the Gods create
Endowed with might that none could mate,
In monkey forms that changed at will;
So strong their wish the fiend to kill.

Are the nephelim the offspring of the sons of god and the daughters of man?  No.  They were the race of earth-born giants who lived before the creation of man.  They are the group who revolted against the gods in antiquity.  They are also the ones responsible for the creation of mankind.  Additionally, based upon the references that come to us from the Ramayana it does seem clear the when the gods mated with "ape-men" that their offspring were men of renown, heroes or individuals who are valiant or brave.

By  Dr. Rita Louise

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Comments

How come we have never found any skeletons from these so called giants ?? We have found dinosaur skeletons but never any nephilim ( giant) skeletons.

If you do even a google search on the subject your question should be answered.
There are many skeletons and much affirmative proof that has been discovered throughout the earth -
There are those who don't want the truth to be known - but the truth will be and is known regardless -
"Seek and keep on seeking and you will find..."
as the old saying goes -

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Hi Sharon, actually they have but the findings are quickly swept under the carpet. See here for more info: http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-evolution-human-origins/giant-footpr...

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i believe they have been found, but they aren't openly displayed.

love, light and blessings

AB

Your conclusion concerning Biblical Scripture is deeply flawed and missing information. First consider that the first 2 versus of Genesis 6... one sentence and not 2 separate thoughts... discussing 3 groups 1. Sons of God 2. mankind 3. Nephilim. Then when asking ourselves who are the Sons of God here, we turn to the original manuscript to see that it is a word that is only used when referring to a DIRECT creation of God. The word is Bene HaElohim. For example, Adam was a direct creation of God, in the natural you and I are not...we are daughters and sons of Adam. In the old testament (Job 1:6, 2:1, 38:7) this term is used to refer to angels. In the new testament (Luke 20:36) this term is also used to refer to angels because they are a direct creation of God (also note the same use of the word in the book of Enoch, while not considered inspired canon, it is still a good source in considering grammar of the time). Additionally, the Septuagint (giving us the valuable benefit of the precision of Greek) makes it clear that we are dealing with angels, as we think of them.

The actual term used for daughters of men is benoth Adam and means daughters of Adam (not a direct creation of God).

Since scripture indicates that angels are not directed to reproduce (completely different than not equipped), then we see angels, God's direct creation in direct rebellion to Him and His directive which does not describe the behavior of a messenger of God at all but exactly describes the behavior of angels who are in rebellion to God and His directives (the fallen angels).

While there is so much more support for this theory in scripture (I could go on all day about the "giants" punishment in that their spirits were earth born and on the earth their spirits remain without a body or any peace when they die and how this aligns with demonic entities even today), it is just silly to think in the very next verse, a continuation of the thought of fallen angels "taking" themselves wives of human women and reprodusing, that nephilim (giants) are mentioned quite randomly and with no apparent baring on the thought concerning the offspring of the rebellious angels and daughters of Adam.

You are the kind of person to stick close to. Your knowledge abounds. Quite impressive.

Even after studying hard for years, a person comes along and hits me between the eyes.

Good job!

Isn't it rather convenient that you quoted several mythologies that have no link to one another and drew up a conclusion on a biblical verse? You come across as one who was ready to dismiss the scripture before even starting.

Secret: The best (human) way to interpret the scriptures is by using the scriptures. I put human in parenthesis because you can ask the Holy spirit to help you, but since that is whole different subject on its own, you will do well if you just read other scriptural references. You can use a mythology to interpret a holy scripture.

Read the whole texts (whole chapters or story lines, as may apply) you were referring to, no need to give you more work. May Jesus bless your soul.

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