Deep Hebrew Study Points to Startling Apocryphal Truth of Biblical Flood
“And there we saw the Nephilim, the sons of Anak, who come of the Nephilim; and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.’ “Numbers 13:33 (The Israel Bible™)
A fine-tuned understanding of Biblical Hebrew reveals a deeper level of the flood story, attributing God’s need to destroy the world to the interference of fallen angels.
The enigmatic Nephilim reappear many times throughout the Bible in many guises: giants, fallen angels, the Bnei Elohim (children of God). They first appear in Genesis, preceding the story of the flood. The text intimates an unnatural relationship between the Nephilim and human women.
The Nephilim were in the earth in those days, and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them; the same were the mighty men that were of old, the men of renown. Genesis 6:4
Julia Blum, Associate professor of Biblical studies at eTeacher, an online language academy specializing in Biblical Hebrew, explained how the study of Hebrew reveals an unexpected reason for the divine wrath leading to the global flood.
“The word Nephilim comes from the word נפל (na-fahl), fall. The suffix ‘im’ simply adds plurality, hence they were the ‘fallen ones’,” Blum explained. “Having been born of corrupted, fallen, Satanic angels, Nephilim dominated the Earth.”
By mating with human women, the Nephilim passed on their corruption, creating an unnatural race of beings which had to be wiped out for the human race to survive, she continued.
“The flood was God’s way of preserving the ‘the seed of the woman’, the human race and its bloodline, before it became completely corrupted by the Nephilim giants,” Blum explained.
Though not appearing in classical Jewish sources, this understanding of the flood has its roots in ancient apocryphal texts. The Book of Enoch, referred to in the Dead Sea Scrolls and attributed to the great-grandfather of Noah, described the sin of the Nephilim and the perversion and lust which eventually caused God to condemn the entire generation.