...and the sons of God saw the daughters of men were fair and took them as wives...      
                                                                                    Genesis 6:2

THE NEPHILIM

                    Though not to be confused with the Anakim of Numbers 13:33 or the Rephaim of Deuteronomy 2:20, they were the men of reknown & the men of old as told in Genesis 6.  
                    The word, "Nephilim," is the untranslated pronunciation of the Hebrew נְפִילִים. It means giants and was translated in the Septuagint into the Greek γίγαντες, gigantes. It is  is found in only two places in the Christian Bible, Genesis 6:4 (pre flood) and Numbers 13:33 (post flood).
                    There is debate over the identity of the Nephilim in Genesis 6. Some people believe that the Nephilim are the spawn of sexual intercourse between the fallen angels and human women. In support of this view, Jude 6 is often referenced:
                    "And angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned
                    their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness
                   for the judgment of the great day,"
                                                                                                                      Jude 1:6
                     This would mean  that the fallen angels (The Hebrew naphal means "to fall" had sexual  intercourse with women. Whether or not this is possible is not explicitly stated in Scripture. However, we do know that angels can appear as humans (Hebrews 13:2) and are exceedingly powerful (2 Peter 2:11), so it is conceivable that they can manifest with total biological capabilities as well.
                    Another view held by Christians is that the they are the descendants of Seth, the son of Adam.  The term, "sons of God," would designate great power and authority the same way a king would be addressed with the term "your Majesty." In this view, the men, who were supposed to be godly, took wives who were unbelievers, and their offspring are said to have been fallen ones.  There are other than Christian Beliefs, who believe that the Nephilim are aliens from other worlds.

Evidence from 5 Basic Sources 

  • Sumerian tablets from library in Nippur where they are called by the name Annunaki (Anannage)
  • In Bible, Book of Genesis, Numbers, Deuteronomy, where the name of Nephilim was given to them
  • Writings in Greece that can be accounted to Babylonian priest Berossus
  • The Book of Enoch, where they are mentioned by the bane of Angels, Watchers, Nephilim
  • Book of Jubilees

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