This illustration was really only intended to be a silly “throw-away” – a passing example of one of the many freak show oddities that appear in the Good Book. Over the centuries, scholars (and conspiracy theorists) have categorized the Nephilim debacle into four main theories: fallen angels, fallen angels who overtook men, the Sethite view, and/or – fallen man. If you are interested, you can find plenty about this subject online. The problem is, only one can be right. Or, quite possibly – none of them are right.
When we first put this image online, we received an absolute flood of emails claiming everything from “verifiable archaeological proof ” of these giants (there is none) to the “correct interpretation of the scripture” (of course, there are many “correct” interpretations that all contradict one another). Here is a snippet from one of my favorite exchanges…
Shirley: “The Nephilim were sons of Satan! My pastor says the devil’s purpose was to pollute humans to taint the bloodline of Christ so that the seed that God promised would crush him could not be born! The whole purpose of Noah’s flood was to exterminate this Satan’s mutant race and start all over again with Noah!”
Me: One question: Where does the book of Genesis say anything about Satan? Chapter and verse, please?
Shirley: “Rev 20:2 and Luke 10:18”
Me: “Those references are not from Genesis, they were conveniently written about five centuries later – based on the evolved traditions of Jewish storytelling of the Garden of Eden. (Though, I might mention – Revelation still doesn’t refer back to “the dragon” as having anything to do with the story in Genesis.) The Bible is actually pretty explicit – Satan is never mentioned in Genesis. As it turns out, sometimes a talking snake is just… a talking snake.”
Shirley: “WHAT??? Why would Genesis have to explicitly say it was Satan that fathered the Nephilim? CAN’T YOU THINK FOR YOURSELF???”
Me: “Think? Yes. Fantasize about Satan having sex with humans? No, not my thing, really. Question: Who gets to be on top?”
Shirley: “On top of what?”
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Remember: Don’t blame us, it’s in the Bible!
This illustration and commentary can be found in
Awkward Moments (Not Found In Your Average) Children’s Bible – Vol #2.