The connection between ~yhil{a/h'-ynEb. (benê-hä °élöhîm) and ~ylipiN> (nepilîm) in the context of angelological interpretation Cover Image

Związek między ~yhil{a/h'-ynEb. (benê-hä °élöhîm) a ~ylipiN> (nepilîm) w kontekście interpretacji angelologicznej
The connection between ~yhil{a/h'-ynEb. (benê-hä °élöhîm) and ~ylipiN> (nepilîm) in the context of angelological interpretation

Author(s): Marek Janik
Subject(s): Biblical studies, Sociology of Religion
Published by: Wydawnictwo Diecezjalne »Adalbertinum«
Keywords: Old Testament; devilry; the sin of angels;

Summary/Abstract: “Sons of God” is the term applied in the Old Testament to supernatural beings both good and evil. However the general view is that the “sons of God” were the pious descendants of Seth and the daughters of men, the Cainitish offspring. In this article there are strong arguments against it. First of all, the term „sons of God” is never applied in the Old Testament to believers. Secondly, is no proof in the text that the daughters of men were only descendants of the Cainites. Thirdly, if the „sons of God” were simply pious Sethites, it is hard to understand why the offspring should be a special race. Besides, the giants were Nephilim, which means „the fallen ones”. That is why the term „sons of God” must mean supernatural evil beings. These angels married women of the human race (either Cainites or Sethites) and the resulting offspring were the Nephilim. The Nephilim were giants with physical superiority and therefore established themselves as men of renowned for their physical prowess and military might. This race of half human creatures was wiped out by the flood New Testament (Jud 5-6; 2 Pet 2,4 i 1 Pet 3,18-20) hint on Gen 6,1-4. This Scriptures declares that the fallen angels are angels, which sinned and God did not spare them. The fallen angels left their own habitation and mixed with the daughters of men.

  • Issue Year: 20/2018
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 367-388
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: Polish