“Compelling Truth” on “Nephilim – Who or what were they?”

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The Compelling Truth website posted articles about Angles, Nephilim, Rephaim, giants, etc. and since that is right up my alley I decided to review them since they have some good points but also go astray on others. I parsed my review into one per article and you can find them all here.

Hereinafter, I am reviewing Nephilim – Who or what were they?


The Compelling Truth website posted articles about Angles, Nephilim, Rephaim, giants, etc. and since that is right up my alley I decided to review them since they have some good points but also go astray on others. I parsed my review into one per article and you can find them all here.

Hereinafter, I am reviewing Nephilim – Who or what were they?

The first claim is that “The word ‘Nephilim’ means ‘fallen ones, giants’” but since “giants” is a generic term then it is useless: Hebrew males of biblical times averaged 5.5 ft. (so women averaged less) so is a giant 6.6 ft., 13 ft. 60 ft. or what? The fact is that the English word giant is unfortunately used by some to pseudo-translate both the pre-flood “Nephilim” and post-flood “Rephaim” which are not related whatsoever. Thus, the term causes confusion since it leads to people chasing an English term around a Hebrew Bible and connecting things that the text never connects—pop-research on Nephilim and giants is essentially based on this fallacy.

It is rightly noted that the Angel view of Genesis 6 “is supported by a passage in Jude” and, I will add, by 2 Peter 2, see Nephilim in 2 Peter and Jude.

The article make one of those fallacious correlations to which I referred (such as between Nephilim and Rephaim due to the English word giants), “‘Nephilim.’ This name, plus other biblical stories about giants such as Goliath, suggests that these were a race of both very large and very strong men.” Well, Goliath was a Philistine and they fall under the category of Anakim and Anakim are only correlated with Nephilim within the spies’ deception.

A speculation is offered to the affect that Nephilim were “a race of giants” there is that generic term again, “Their strength and size were most likely the product of demon ‘DNA’ combined with human genes”—by whatever bio-mechanics they would take on human bodies made of demon DNA, I suppose.
The problem to which we return is that the only reliable reference to Nephilim is Genesis 6 which offers no physical description nor a description of their actions beside saying that they “became mighty men which were of old, men of renown”—period. Thus, all of this stuff about DNA and how the mixture of demonic and human DNA leads to giants, superhuman strength, etc. is much ado about nothing—it is actually much ado about a few apocryphal folkloric tall tales.

The article then Q&As itself with “What was the motive for creating the Nephilim? The Bible does not tell us. We may speculate that the demons were attempting to pollute or destroy the blood line that would produce the Messiah, Jesus Christ…”
This is a very common view and may be accurate but the qualifier is accurate in that “The Bible does not tell us. We may speculate.” The text only states “the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose.”
One may add Revelation 12 noting that Satan had something to do with their fall, “a great red dragon[’s]…tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth.” Jude tells us of “angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode” and 2 Peter 2 refers to “angels when they sinned.”

Here the article comes back to a point already made in other articles which is that “It is also possible that the Nephilim were one of the main reasons for the flood” which, again, goes to show that any concept of post-flood Nephilim implies successfully thwarting God. And, as we have already seen from other articles, this one does go on to argue for post-flood Nephilim—apparently unaware of the logical and theological implications.

I hope that this review has been instructing and for some related info, see my books (on which I am offering a money saving deal:
What Does the Bible Say About Angels? A Styled Angelology
What Does the Bible Say About Demons? A Styled Demonology
What Does the Bible Say About the Devil Satan? A Styled Satanology
On the Genesis 6 Affair’s Sons of God: Angels or Not? A survey of early Jewish and Christian commentaries including notes on giants and the Nephilim
The Paranormal in Early Jewish and Christian Commentaries: Over a Millennia’s Worth of Comments on Angels, Cherubim, Seraphim, Satan, the Devil, Demons, the Serpent and the Dragon

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