How is it that pre-flood Nephilim can have living descendents in the post-flood era when only Noah & his family were saved?
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They are specifically said to be living descendants of the Nephilim—the offspring of the sons of God back in Genesis 6:1–4.
- There were no descendants alive after the flood. That poor scout was freaked out with what he saw, and was exaggerating from stories he had been told.
Warren Dane — EditedYour comment on pg. 191 TUR the option 2 of the translation of Gen 6:4 is IMO a reasonable approach to the appearance of the giants related to the Nephilim that are indicated in later scripture accounts. It also explains the reason these "giant" clans were devoted to destruction at Yahweh's command. "The 'when' in the verse could be translated 'whenever,' thereby suggesting a repetition of these preflood events after the flood. In other words, since Genesis 6:4 points forward to the later giant clans, the phrasing could suggest that other sons of God fathered more Nephilim after the flood. As a result, there would be no survival of original Nephilim, and so the post-flood dilemma would be resolved. A later appearance of other Nephilim occurred by the same means as before the flood. The whole issue of a response to the Mediterranean worldview by the biblical writer of Genesis (Moses in my view) does make sense. Moses, educated in the household of Pharaoh would have been aware of that worldview and under the influence of the Holy Spirit dealt with it. Thanks for your careful exegetical comments on the matter of Rephaim, Anakim and Nephilim existing before and after the flood.