Who are 'The sons of God' in Genesis 6?

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  1. John England

    John England New Member

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    Got a theology question for everyone. Who were the "sons of God" and "the Nephilim" in Genesis 6?
    6 When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. 3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” 4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown. (ESV)
     
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    Stalwart Well-Known Member Anglican

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    I don't know. Who, do you think?
     
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    i have run into people that obsess over these passages. so much so that they claim that the book of enoch should be included in the canon, and therein further inspired insight might be brought to bear. they claim inclusion of the book of enoch on grounds that it is either quoted or alluded to in the NT... can't remember which/where
     
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    Jude 13&14 from memory.
    The people who obsess over Enoch being in the canon do not need to worry, they can just join the Coptic church where it is already in their canon.
     
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    From our friend Wikipeadia


    Verses 14–15 contains a direct quote of a prophecy from 1En.1:9. The title "Enoch, the seventh from Adam" is also sourced from 1En.60:1. Most commentators assume that this indicates that Jude accepts the antediluvian patriarch Enoch as the author of the Book of Enoch which contains the same quotation. However an alternative explanation is that Jude quotes the Book of Enoch aware that verses 14–15 are in fact an expansion of the words of Moses from Deuteronomy 33:2 This is supported by Jude's unusual Greek statement that "Enoch the Seventh from Adam prophesied to the false teachers, not "concerning" them.The Book of Enoch is not considered canonical by most churches, although it is by the Ethiopian Orthodox church.