Saturday, January 9, 2010

Genesis 6:1-4 B'nai Elohim and the Nephilim

And it happened, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and when daughters were born to them, sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were good. And they took wives for themselves from all whom they chose. And Jehovah said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, in his erring; he is flesh. Yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years. There were giants in the earth in those days. And also after that, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore to them, they were mighty men who existed of old, men of renown.


We are going to get into some things that are weird and totally disputed by mainstream Christianity. One more thing before we get into the text.

Why is it that mainstream Christianity always wants to down play the supernatural. Isn't G-d supernatural? Isn't denying the supernatural, in effect, denying G-d? OK. I'll get off my soapbox and get to the text.

When the population of man began to increase, the "b'nai Elohim (sons of G-d) rawaw or looked at the daughters of man. Not translated into english is the Hebrew word, eth. As we discussed in earlier blogs, eth is used to emphasize either the subject or the object specifically. In our vernacular, it should be written as, "The B'nai
Elohim or sons of G-d really looked longingly, lustfully at the daughters of man."

This brings up the question, "Who were the sons of G-d?". Everytime b'nai Elohim was used in the scriptures, it directly referred to angels. Job 1:5, Job 2:1, Job 38:7. There are five times, sons of G-d is used in the B'rit Hadashah, the new testament and that is Rom 8:14, Rom 8:19, Gal 4:6, Php 2:15 and 1John 3:1-2. In the B'rit Hadashah, it refers to you and me, the holy men and women of G-d, true believers.

So, who were these sons of G-d? Our lone clue is what their offspring looked like. They were giants. How many human offspring were giants? The only other candidate were angels. But what about Matt 22:30.

"For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven."

My answer to that is...that's true about obedient angels. How about the disobedient ones?

For me, the final clue was the giants. In Hebrew, the word giants, used here, is nephilim, which come from nafal, which means the fallen ones. The b'nai Elohim were fallen angels who took the daughters of man as their own. Fallen angels were bad enough, the fall of man pushed G-d to anger. However, the two coming together to produce unholy offspring pushed G-d to declare that all of mankind had 120 years to repent. We know they didn't. 120 years later came a world wide flood that destroyed all mankind except for eight people and a whole lot of animals. But, that's for the next few blogs.


  1. Interesting,

    I always thought that they were angels but was never sure.
    On you tube their are videos of people digging up giants and they call them the nephilim.

  2. Were they still around after the flood? Because when the scouts reported about the people living in the Promised Land they said the nephilim were there. Were they exaggerating or did fallen angels start over? Do you think Goliath was one of these offsprings or just a fluke of nature?

    BTW, I am not saying I disagree with you. Personally I think this is when the Greeks started to create "gods" because they heard of these beings and made stories about them. BUt of course only a thousand years later or so.