Saturday, October 17, 2020

Explaining “the sons of God” in Genesis 6:2

READER COMMENT:  Could you please explain who were "sons of God," in Genesis 6:2

I have a problem with the concept of Nephelium. Angels can't procreate. I can't imagine that Yahweh would've given fallen angels that ability.

Thank you in advance Shalom


The identity of “the sons of God” in Genesis 6:2 is commonly regarded as one of the most difficult interpretive cruxes in all of the Tanakh. Many have tried but there are 3 main interpretations:

(1) Views which assert that “the sons of God” were members of the blessed line of Seth (Genesis 5:3) who presumably married ungodly “daughters of men” (possibly from the line of Cain).

(2) Views which hold that “the sons of God” were dynastic rulers who may have been considered semi-divine and who acted in wickedness by marrying of “the daughters of men” “all which they chose” (Genesis 6:2), which is taken to mean that polygamy was rampant.

(3) Views that maintain that “the sons of God” were fallen angelic beings who, cast to earth became mortals, and took to themselves human wives and bore offspring.

While angels can't procreate, if YHWH sent them to earth and made them human, then it seems it is possible they were fallen angels.

It's a terrific, head-scratching question.

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