TJ Steadman wrote the following of Gen 4:26 “to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD”:
On the face of it, this looks like the origin of prayer or praise. Unfortunately, our English Bibles do us a disservice here. The problem lies in the word “began.”
The Hebrew is chalal. We will spend a lot more time on this word later in the book, but for now, it will serve us to be aware that it means more than just “started to do something.”
There are all kinds of bad connotations associated with it, indicating that it was the start of something that defiled or profaned the people involved in it. This was not praying to Yahweh or praising Yahweh.
It was more like “men profaning and defiling Yahweh’s name, possibly by applying it to themselves.” Incidentally, Enos means, “man.”
His point in claiming this is so as to tie it to Nimrod because Gen 10:8 states, “And Cush begat Nimrod: he began” chalal “to be a mighty one in the earth” so he wants to read this as a negative thing.
He also wrote of this issue thusly, “Genesis 4:26, indicating when ‘men [Sethites] began to call upon the name of the Yahweh,’ they were actually profaning His name (possibly calling themselves by His name), and the same word is used again in the account of the Nephilim, in Genesis 6:1.”
Now, that it is employed “in the account of the Nephilim” is generic since, sure, it is in the account but how so?
“And it came to pass, when men began” chalal “to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them…” and there is nothing wrong with this. In fact, this is what God had commanded Adam and Eve and thus, humanity. Also, that is just about what humanity was, rightly, doing after which comes a reference to son of God and then Nephilim.
Yet, it matters not since there is nothing inherently negative about chalal. For example:
Gen 9:20 “And Noah [chalal] to be an husbandman,” nothing wrong with that.
Deu 2:24 “Rise ye up, take your journey, and pass over the river Arnon: behold, I have given into thine hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land: [chalal] to possess it, and contend with him in battle” which is what God commanded.
Deu 3:24 “O Lord GOD, thou hast [chalal] to shew thy servant thy greatness, and thy mighty hand: for what God is there in heaven or in earth, that can do according to thy works, and according to thy might?” which is a good thing.
Deu 16:9 “Seven weeks shalt thou number unto thee: [chalal] to number the seven weeks from such time as thou [chalal] to put the sickle to the corn” again, non-issue.
Jos 3:7 “And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day will I [chalal] to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee” which is another good thing.
Thus, just because a word can sometimes be used in a negative context, does not mean it must always be understood that way—and this is true of any language since context ultimately determines meaning.
TJ Steadman also referred to “the original giants after the Flood (Nimrod being the first of this kind).”
Also, “Nimrod found a way to become a giant, a fate with which he had planned to infect all of humanity at Babel.”
Also, “ancient kings of the world were empowered by the Rephaim, like Nimrod, Og, Sihon, Amalek/Agag, Arba, Anak and many others.”
In an article titled “Master of Chaos”(http://giantanswers.com/blog/master-of-chaos), TJ Steadman wrote, “The religions and political structures of the world were not invented by Nimrod. They came from the fallen sons of God – known to the Mesopotamians as the Anunnaki” whom he also refers to as “Anunnaki/Igigu” and claims that “Anunnaki and the Igigu serve as ministers to the gods, the Apkallu” (http://giantanswers.com/blog/the-apkallu).
He continued thusly, “And once Nimrod had drawn on their power to invoke the spirits of the dead Nephilim giants from the Flood, the Anuna-gods had an army that would do their bidding. They were the Rephaim, and they enforced the enslavement of humanity to the new gods of the ancient world.”
He also refers to Nimrod as “the first giant of the post-Flood world” who “brought the Rephaim into existence by summoning a power from the great deep.”(http://giantanswers.com/blog/the-cosmic-tree).
He continues by referring to the Tower of Babel as “the birthplace of the post-Flood giants” and that Nimrod “was little more than a tool in the hands of a greater, darker power. The Leviathan” to whom/which he also refers to as “Leviathan (or Lotan).”(http://giantanswers.com/blog/dancing-with-the-stars).
He also wrote, “The astrology of the ancient world strengthens the Biblical position of Ezekiel 31 that Nimrod the mighty hunter, the giant, pursued the ancient pre-Flood spirits, becoming joined with one of them; one associated with the Light-bringer, Satan.”(http://giantanswers.com/blog/dancing-with-the-stars).
My well gone through copy of Steadman’s book
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