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Bibil Identifier bibil:225692
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Sons of God and Daughters of Men and the Giants: Disputed Points in the Interpretation of Genesis 6:1-4
Author Day, John
Journal Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel (Volume: 1, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 427-447 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This essay offers a comprehensive analysis of the many problems of interpretation in Gen 6:1-4. Although the Nephilim were the offspring of the sons of God and daughters of men in the underlying myth, contrary to a widely held view this is no longer the case in Gen 6:1-4, where they are already in existence at the time of the sexual liaisons. Even though 1 Enoch preserves the original notion of the origin of the Nephilim, the more elaborate story there is in general a later midrash on Gen 6:1-4, contrary to some recent suggestions. Genesis 6:1-4 is not based on Mesopotamian or Greek mythology but contains an Israelite myth utilizing and transforming Canaanite concepts. Not only do the heavenly sons of God derive ultimately from the Canaanite “sons of El,“ but the name of the Canaanite giant Nephilim (literally “fallen ones“) is a retrospective term comparable to that of the giant Rephaim, a word originally used of the dead (Ugaritic rp'um), implying the giants have passed away. Contrary to some, v. 3 is an original part of the text; it indicates that the humans' descendants were in danger of becoming immortal as a result of the infusion of the divine spirit from the marriages. in this verse derives from a Hebrew verb, “to be strong.“
DOI 10.1628/219222712805363944
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Rephaim
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha : Apocryphal Texts relating to Old Testament Characters or Events : Texts : Posterity of Adam to the deluge : Enoch : 1 Enoch (Ethiopian)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Genres and Forms : Myth (Mythical Story)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Methods : Diachronic Methods : Motif Criticism (Motivkritik)
Pericopes Genesis 6,1-6,4
Terms נְפִיל נפיל נפל
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