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The Nephilim

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The Nephilim are the offspring of the Anunnaki/Aessir who had sons from daughters of humans.

They were called the ‘Sons of God’ or ‘The fallen ones’

Could it be that these were the Anunnaki that stayed on Earth?

They are giant in proportion compared to humans.

They were called the ‘Sons of God’ or ‘The fallen ones’

Descendants of Seth and Cain, the Anunnaki (Noah) wanted to keep their bloodline alive through humans.

The Nephilim lived in the land of Canaan.

The Nephilim

The Nephilim (/ˈnɛfɪˌlɪm/; Hebrew: נְפִילִים Nəfīlīm) are mysterious beings or people in the Hebrew Bible who are described as being large and strong. The Hebrew word Nephilim is sometimes translated as “giants“, and sometimes taken to mean “the fallen ones”. Their origins are disputed. Some view them as offspring of fallen angels and humans. Others view them as offspring of the descendants of Seth and Cain.

Genesis 6:4

[4] There were giants, in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God Assendence of Aesir came in unto the daughters of men human, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men human which were of old, men human of renown – Methuselah, Lamech, Adam, Seth..

The Book of the Watchers (1 Enoch 1 – 36)

The first part of the book is about “The Watchers“, a group of “angels sent to earth to watch over humans. 200 of those angels committed transgression by having sex with humans, creating a hybrid race called the Nephilim. Of the Nephilim it is said that they were giants and savages that endangered and pillaged humanity. It is said that the “Watchers” taught humans reading, writing, weaponry, cosmetics, sorcery, about the stars, meteorology, and many other arts and that this was problematic because it robbed humans the opportunity to discover the arts by themselves. They “revealed the eternal secrets which were preserved for heaven, which men were striving to learn.” the book says.

“The Gods” were not pleased about the intervention of “The Watchers” in human affairs. (The same story of interventionists vs. non-interventionists is told in Greek Mythology, Sumerian Mythology as well as various Asian myths about the old days of mankind). Apparently there were also experiments in cross-breeding between animals and humans going on.

“And they became pregnant, and they bare great giants, whose height was three thousand ells: Who consumed all the acquisitions of men. And when men could no longer sustain them, the giants turned against them and devoured mankind. And they began to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and fish, and to devour one another’s flesh, and drink the blood.”

And then Michael, Uriel, Raphael, and Gabriel looked down from heaven and saw much blood being shed upon the earth, and all lawlessness being wrought upon the earth. And they have gone to the daughters of men upon the earth, and have slept with the women, and have defiled themselves, and revealed to them all kinds of sins. And the women have borne giants, and the whole earth has thereby been filled with blood and unrighteousness.

Disgusted by all this, “the Gods” decided to have a Great Flood to rid the earth of the Nephilim and other ghastly creatures (according to the Book of Enoch. The Bible says that the Nephilim are bound “in the valleys of earth” – beneath the earth?- until Judgement day).

The fallen ones

The term “Nephilim” is often translated as “fallen ones” in some interpretations of the Hebrew Bible. This translation stems from the root of the Hebrew word “naphal,” which means “to fall.” However, the exact meaning of “Nephilim” in the context of the biblical texts is somewhat debated among scholars.

There are a few interpretations of why the Nephilim are referred to as the “fallen ones”:

  1. Descendants of Fallen Angels: One interpretation is that the Nephilim were the offspring of “the sons of God” and human women, as mentioned in Genesis 6:4. In this context, “the sons of God” are often interpreted as fallen angels, and thus their offspring were called “Nephilim” or “fallen ones,” reflecting the fallen state of their angelic fathers.
  2. Mighty but Fallen: Another interpretation suggests that “Nephilim” refers to their great size and might (they were described as “the heroes of old, men of renown”), but also their moral or spiritual fall. They could have been considered “fallen” in a moral sense, possibly due to their violent or corrupt natures.
  3. Fallen in Battle: Some scholars suggest that “Nephilim” could refer to their fate as warriors who fell in battle. This interpretation aligns with their depiction as “men of renown,” suggesting their fame might have been in martial prowess.
  4. Etymological Debate: It’s important to note that the translation and interpretation of ancient texts, especially those as old and as contextually complex as the Hebrew Bible, often involve a degree of conjecture and debate. The term “Nephilim” and its translation as “fallen ones” is one such example where scholars might not fully agree on the interpretation.

This is the key verse where Nephilim are mentioned. It states, “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.” This verse suggests that the Nephilim were the offspring of the “sons of God” and human women.

Genesis 6:4

In this verse, the Nephilim are mentioned again in the context of the Israelite spies reporting back about the land of Canaan. They say, “We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” This suggests that the Nephilim were of great size and stature.

Numbers 13:33

The descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim

The Anakim (referred to as “Anak”) are a group of people mentioned in the Hebrew Bible. They are described as a race of giants, descendants of Anak, and are associated with the land of Canaan. The term “Nephilim” is also used in the Bible, particularly in the Book of Genesis, and is often associated with giants or mighty warriors of ancient times.

“We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim),” is from the Book of Numbers in the Old Testament. This statement was made by the Israelite spies sent by Moses to explore the land of Canaan. The spies reported back that they saw the Anakim there, a formidable race of giants, causing fear among the Israelites.

In biblical accounts, the Anakim are described as a powerful, tall, and intimidating people, contributing to the Israelites’ initial reluctance to enter the Promised Land. Over time, the Anakim were either driven out or assimilated into other populations in the region. The stories of the Anakim, like many in the Hebrew Bible, blend historical elements with mythological and symbolic narratives.

The battles in Canaan

It was under Joshua’s leadership, Moses’ successor, that the Israelites engaged in battles in Canaan, including conflicts with the inhabitants of the land, which would have included the Anakim. These events are detailed in the Book of Joshua. The Anakim were said to be concentrated in several cities in Canaan, and the Israelites, according to the biblical account, eventually defeated them and took control of these areas.

Early 4th-century CE manuscript of Joshua from Egypt, in Coptic translation.

Joshua passing the River Jordan with the Ark of the Covenant, painted by Benjamin West, 1800

The Ark of the Covenant

Offspring of Orion

In Aramaic culture, the term Nephilim refers to the offspring of Orion in mythology.

Nephilem vs Nephites

  1. Nephilim: The Nephilim are mentioned in the Hebrew Bible, specifically in the Book of Genesis (Genesis 6:1-4) and the Book of Numbers (Numbers 13:33). They are described as the offspring of the “sons of God” and the “daughters of men” before the Flood. The exact nature of the Nephilim is the subject of various interpretations and debates among scholars. Some interpret them as giants, others as fallen angels or powerful rulers. Their mention in the Bible is brief and somewhat enigmatic, leading to a variety of interpretations in Jewish and Christian traditions.
  2. Nephites: The Nephites, as mentioned earlier, are a people described in the Book of Mormon, a text central to the Latter Day Saint movement founded by Joseph Smith in the 19th century. The Nephites are said to be descendants of Nephi, a prophet who migrated from Jerusalem to the Americas around 600 BC. The narrative of the Nephites is contained entirely within the context of the Book of Mormon and is separate from the biblical narrative.

Key Differences

  • Origins: The Nephilim are part of ancient Jewish and Christian traditions and are mentioned in the Bible, a text with roots going back thousands of years. The Nephites are part of the Latter Day Saint movement and are mentioned in the Book of Mormon, published in 1830.
  • Contextual Background: The Nephilim are mentioned in the context of early Genesis narratives, while the Nephites are part of a story that claims to describe the history of ancient peoples in the Americas.
  • Cultural and Religious Significance: The Nephilim have been a part of Judeo-Christian lore and theological discussions for centuries, with varied interpretations. The Nephites, on the other hand, are specific to the Latter Day Saint movement and its teachings.

Nephi, Alma, and Mosiah

The book is divided into smaller books, each named after its main named narrator or protagonist, such as Nephi, Alma, and Mosiah. It also includes the words of prophets and leaders.

The lineage of Seth leading to Noah

Enosh

Enosh, mentioned in the Hebrew Bible, was the son of Seth and the grandson of Adam and Eve. His name is often interpreted as “mortal,” “man,” or “human,” which could reflect the biblical authors’ understanding of the human condition, especially in contrast to the divine. Here are some key points about Enosh:

  1. Place in the Genealogy: Enosh is noted in the genealogies in the Book of Genesis (Genesis 5:6-11), 1 Chronicles (1 Chronicles 1:1-3), and in the Gospel of Luke in the New Testament (Luke 3:37-38). He is an important link in the lineage from Adam to Noah.
  2. The Beginning of Worship: One significant aspect of Enosh’s time, mentioned in Genesis 4:26, is that “then began men to call upon the name of the Lord.” This phrase has been interpreted in various ways. Some scholars suggest it indicates the beginning of formal worship or prayer practices among humans, while others see it as the start of calling upon God’s name in a profane manner.
  3. Longevity: Like many of his ancestors and descendants in the early Genesis accounts, Enosh lived a remarkably long life. The Bible states that he lived for 905 years.
  4. His Offspring: Enosh fathered a son named Kenan at the age of 90 and had other sons and daughters. The Bible, however, does not provide detailed information about his other children or his life story.

Diana’s Vow, Zimbabwe

Above is the killing of a Nephilim Giant at Diana’s Vow, Zimbabwe. Note the
position of the legs. His wife lies next to him. Source

Above — The giant Nephilim at Lake Chivero, Zimbabwe. The Igigi herds the Little
People on the bottom of the picture whilst the Afro-Atlanteans look on. The five
beings at the top right of the picture are the Lemurian Race. It was their DNA
crossed with Anunnaki DNA that was to produce the “Slave Race” (the Little
People). Source

Nephilim and Anakim in the Land of Canaan

Numbers 13 is the key passage on giants in the land of Canaan. When Israel left Egypt and was in the wilderness seeking to enter the Promised Land, Moses sent 12 Israelite spies (one from each tribe) to Canaan. The spies were to scout out the land and assess “whether the people who dwell in it are strong or weak” (Numbers 13:18). The spies returned to Moses after 40 days and gave a good report about the land—“It flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit” (Numbers 13:27). However, they gave a bad report about the people in the land:

However, the people who dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large. And besides, we saw the descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites dwell in the land of the Negeb. The Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the hill country. And the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and along the Jordan (Numbers 13:28-29).

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