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On...who were the "Sons of God" in Genesis 6?



On Sun, 26 Nov 1995 XXX@YYY wrote:

question: The Nephilim, "sons of God", of Gen 6,

1. What were they doing on earth and where did they come from?

2. Why were they evil, yet sons of God?

First of all, the phrase 'son of god' in the early OT period generally applied to earthly pagan kings...they all considered themselves 'divine' in a limited sense, but nonetheless still 'offspring of the pagan deities'...even the Roman Emperors (much later, of course) were considered to be sons of the gods... So, this makes the 'sons of god' in Genesis 6 to be simply men, rulers of small city-states and local kingdoms...the archeological data of the earliest civilizations also supports this understanding...

Secondly, the evil they did was to simply take ANYONE they wanted from among women for their sexual use--regardless of propriety or marital status etc...

This evil, on the part of "divine" leaders set such a bad example for improper and debaucherous living for the rest of their subjects (not to mention the social disruption caused thereby), that the whole world followed their example...and soon the world was filled with evil intent, anarchy, and wickedness...resulting in God's reluctant judgment of the Flood...

hope this helps...



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