Thursday, June 23, 2011

Flavius Josephus - The Nephilim & Greek gods



The great Jewish historian Flavius Josephus also prescribed to the theory of the Nephilim as fallen angels.This is is clearly stated in Josephus Antiquities of the Jews. Josephus, unknowingly, also attacked the theory which supposes the "sons of God" were descendants of Seth. In chapter 3 of The Antiquities Josephus talks of the sons of Seth. He praises Seth himself in chapter 3 saying; "Now this posterity of Seth continued to esteem God..".

However, Flavius Josephus goes on to talk of Seth's descendants straying from the path of their forefathers.

"...but in process of time they were perverted, and forsook the practices of their forefathers; and did neither pay those honors to God which were appointed them, nor had they any conern to do justice towards men."

Immediately after his depiction of the degradation of Seth's line, Josephus talks about the incident in Genesis. A sculpture of Flavius Josephus. "For many angels of God coupled with women, and begat sons that proved unjust, and despisers of all that was good, on account of the confidence they had in their own strength; for the tradition is, that these men did what resembled the acts of those whom the Grecians call giants."

A fascinating comparison is made in this passage to the Greek gods. Josephus states the Nephilim performed acts which were equivalent to the acts associated to the gods of Greek mythology.

The obvious question raises a very interesting scenario. Were the Greek gods of Greek mythology founded upon the behavior of those Nephilim which had found their way to ancient Greece in the days of Noah? The evidence may suggest just such a thing. By all accounts of the Nephilim, they indeed possessed almost magical powers. They were extremely powerful, and very influential.


The Nephilim ruled over man, whilst dwelling among them. They took human women, and did what they pleased. The Nephilim are strikingly similar to the Greek mythological gods, and seem to provide a foundation upon which such myths may be built. Josephus pictures Noah standing up to the Nephilim and people of his day, urging them to change their ways and pursue God.


However, Josephus states they did not heed his preachings, and Noah eventually fled the land with his family in fear of his life. Perhaps it was during this exiled period which Noah built the ark.

In any case, Flavius Josephus makes his stance clear on the subject. The writings of Josephus were also in line with the prevailing opinions of ancient Israel . The opinion was, the "sons of God" in Genesis were, in fact, fallen angels. The offspring they produced, the Nephilim, were of such a wicked nature, all of mankind was corrupted by them. Josephus also believed the Nephilim were remarkably powerful, and intelligent, and that they provided a historical basis for the Greek mythological belief system.

Though the accuracy of Flavius Josephus has often been debated, as he often wrote to please certain audiences, he does provide valuable insights into the culture and beliefs of his era.


7 comments:

  1. so wanted to read nephilium and greece - but your background picture swallows your words.

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  2. What you suggest is not logical. The Greek gods never ate humans unlike your nephilim creatures. When the Greek gods interbred with humans they produced heroes and intelligent conscious human beings unlike your fallen angels … LOL

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    1. Cronus ate his offspring alive and they lived within him until he vomits them up alive fully grown. They are the 5 brothers of Zeus who was saved the same fate when his mother gave Cronus a rock to eat in place of baby Zeus. The rock is vomitted up also and is said to be a cornerstone that is egg shaped and can still be seen in Greece at Cesily.

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  3. Genesis 6:4 says that the offspring of the "sons of God" and the "daughters of men" grew up to be the "heroes of old, mighty men of renown." A common theme in Greek mythology is the hero whose mother was mortal and whose father was Zeus or some other god. Hercules was the most famous, but there were others. George Every's "Christian Legends" says that Genesis 6:1-4 is "an unassimilated fragment of an alien myth." He also noted that, "in later Jewish exegesis, the sons of God are Sethites and the daughters of men are Cainites, or sometimes just good young men and women of easy morals. But there can be no doubt that this is originally a story about angels." BTW, AFAIK, the term "sons of God" is not used to describe Sethites anywhere else in the Bible, and there is no scripture that says that all of Cain's descendants were evil, or that all of Seth's descendants were good. Angels are called sons of God in Job 1:6 and Daniel 3:25.

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  4. it is possible, given the fact that all of this happened so far back in history that we are not given all the information required to have a fully informed opinion on this matter, there are so many similarities between fallen angels and greek gods, the stories match up quite well, in some cases. its just like they are being told from different perspectives, which is my theory on this whole thing that the greek gods exsisted as gods to the greeks, and they existed as fallen angels to others, the stories were true but as time goes by (and this happens so often in everyday life) the stories were added to and elaborated. . .

    -jemimah

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  5. I tend to agree with jemimah. The myths and legends were told and retold, often by wandering bards and minstrels who would change them to suit the tastes of the local audience. So we end up with different versions of the same stories. As for the Nephilim, many Jews and early Christians seemed to think that the Olympian gods, worshipped by the Greeks and Romans, were the "sons of God" (fallen angels) mentioned in Genesis 6:4.

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  6. Brother, thank you for your research and work. We are so close to the Nephilim (alien & hybrids) unvieling. The god of this world (1 Jn 5:19) is totally preparing the peoples for the great deception. Two of his big tools are the History Channel and Nat Geo. Keep up the great work, love the site!

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