Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online

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Nephilim נפילים
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The bald allusion to the Nephilim (lit. fallen ones) in Gen. 6.3 (‘The Nephilim were on the earth in those days …’) fits uneasily into a context that has always presented a challenge to exegetes. Although designated an ‘antiquarian gloss’ (Skinner 1910:147) the sentence in which it appears does bind it to the theological scene which depicts a fresh threat to the God-given distinction between divine beings and humans. It raises again the worst fears expressed at the close of Gen. 3 (‘the man has become l…

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P. W. Coxon, “Nephilim נפילים”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 22 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Nephilim>

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