Nephilim in “Sons of God, Fathers of Giants” by Derek Gilbert

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A tweet by Troy Anderson for April 24, 2019 AD reads:
“Sons of God, Fathers of Giants
By Derek Gilbert
The Jewish scholars who translated the Old Testament into Greek understood that the Nephilim were giants.
Prophecy Investigators:
https://prophecyinvestigators.org/sons-of-god-fathers-of-giants”

I replied:
“Well, ‘giants’ is a vague, generic, subjective and un-biblical term plus, we have no reliable physical description of Nephilim so we do not know if they were even one inch taller than average.”

Derek Gilbert replied:

A tweet by Troy Anderson for April 24, 2019 AD reads:
“Sons of God, Fathers of Giants
By Derek Gilbert
The Jewish scholars who translated the Old Testament into Greek understood that the Nephilim were giants.
Prophecy Investigators:
https://prophecyinvestigators.org/sons-of-god-fathers-of-giants”

I replied:
“Well, ‘giants’ is a vague, generic, subjective and un-biblical term plus, we have no reliable physical description of Nephilim so we do not know if they were even one inch taller than average.”

Derek Gilbert replied:
“The Jewish religious scholars who translated Hebrew into Greek for the Septuagint had no problem using ‘gigantes’ (‘giant’). Also, Dr. Mike Heiser makes the case for ‘Nephilim’ deriving from Aramaic /naphil/ (‘giant’). See https://t.co/WJ124lQIb3”

I replied:
“Well, ‘gigantes’ is another vague, generic, subjective and un-biblical term [as is naphil] plus, we have no reliable physical description of Nephilim so we do not know if they were even one inch taller than average. Heiser does not believe that anyone mentioned in the Bible is over 8 ft.”

That was the end of the discussion. I appreciated Gilbert’s tips but it reminded me of the English teacher adage that we should never define a word using that same word—even when we switch from one word in one language to the same word in another language.
And if, and since, the appeal to Heiser is to the effect that giants/gigantes/naphil were not over 8 ft. (give or take a couple of inches) then, as always, it is a best practice to ignore the word and get to defining it.

In any case, let us now consider Gilbert’s article as mere tweets are that which they are: succinct in nature.

It is “Sons of God, Fathers of Giants” by Derek Gilbert wherein he directs us to that “In the Old Babylonian version of the Gilgamesh epic” 18th century BC “‘[Mt.] Hermon and Lebanon’ were called ‘the secret dwelling of the Anunnaki’…seven chief gods of the Sumerian pantheon” (see my article Is the Bible an Anunnaki control mechanism?). According to the apocryphal book 1 Enoch/Ethiopic Enoch, Hermon is where the fallen Angels descended to Earth (see my book “In Consideration of the Book(s) of Enoch”).

Upon this, Gilbert proposes “A new take on end time prophecy” and tells us that “The name Hermon appears to be based on a root word that means ‘taboo,’ similar to the Hebrew word kherem, or ‘devoted to destruction.’”

Moreover, “the ban [as per Exodus 22:20] wasn’t just invoked against disobedient Israelites” but also to “giants, or at least descended from giants.” Well, as per the tweet exchange, since he has not defined the term then we cannot know to what he is referring: Nephilim, Rephaim, people one foot taller than average, many entire body lengths taller than average, or what?

Well, he then asks and answers, “Who are the Nephilim?” so we are starting to get a definition—however, keep in mind that I noted “we have no reliable physical description of Nephilim so we do not know if they were even one inch taller than average.”

Gilbert asks “Where did the” post-flood “giants” to which he was referring “come from?” and directs us to Genesis 6 which states nothing about “giants” but about how the offspring of the sons of God and daughters of man were Nephilim with the only description of them being, “These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.”

Gilbert tells us that Nephilim may derive “from a Hebrew root, napal, meaning ‘to fall’ or ‘cast down’—literally, ‘fallen ones’” or, quoting Heiser, from the Aramaic “noun naphil” which “means ‘giant’” which is how gigantes ends up in the Septuagint/LXX: but, again, we still do not know what the term means in English, Hebrew, Aramaic or Greek.

Gilbert assures us that not due to the text, the immediate or greater context, but due to a Jewish translation into Greek, “Nephilim were giants, not just men who ‘fell away’ from God” even though the text tells us that Nephilim “fell away” and states nothing about their size.

Rightly arguing that “sons of God” refers to Angels—that being the original, traditional and original view amongst the earliest Jews and Christians alike—Gilbert replies to the question of “whether angels and humans could successfully produce children” and quotes, “‘For in the resurrection [people] neither marry nor are given in marriage but are like angels in heaven’” (Matthew 22:30 ESV).”
He states, “The key words are ‘in the resurrection’ and ‘in heaven’” and note that this is also about “angels in heaven” and not fallen ones who, as Jude tells us, left their first estate. He then, rightly, directs us to how both Jude and 2 Peter 2 refer to a fall of Angels and the Bible only knows of the one in Genesis 6.

Well, the article was about “Sons of God, Fathers of Giants” and we learned that the sons of God were Angels but that they fathered “giants” was left a mere assertion based on an undefined word—in whatever language.

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
What Does the Bible Say About Various Paranormal Entities? A Styled Paranormology
What Does the Bible Say About Giants and Nephilim? A Styled Giantology and Nephilology
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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