The Nephilim are a fascinating part of biblical lore. They first appear in Genesis 6:4 as the offspring between the “sons of god” and the “daughters of man.” They crop up again in Numbers 13:33 when spies come back from a recon of Canaan and report giants who make the Israelites look like “grasshoppers” in comparison. And then, of course, there’s Goliath, who is considered by many to have been a Nephilim.
Modern theories about Nephilim also include aliens, of course, and every so often a new hoax photo does the rounds showing archaeologists unearthing giant skeletons.
Of course, there are other interpretations of the relevant biblical passages that render the whole issue much more mundane, but that wouldn’t be nearly as much fun, would it?
Although I was familiar with the giant skeletons, I hadn’t realised that Nephilim had made their way into other elements of popular culture until I started researching for the notes to this chapter. I suppose it’s only natural that they should show up in the TV show Supernatural, but I confess to some surprise at finding that there is a Nephilim version of 50 Shades of Gray.
Anyhow, there is lots more information about Nephilim available on the internet. I would point to some reliable sources, but — you know. There aren’t any.
On a different note, I’m sorry about having fallen down on the whole writing thing. I’m also not quite sure how to proceed. There is only one more day of the February challenge left, but obviously there are many more chapters to go in this story. I’d figured 28 chapters would do it, and it probably would. But I don’t know whether to stop at the end of the challenge and maybe pick it up again as part of another challenge, or to continue, but with the knowledge that readership will be cut back to a bare minimum.
Decisions, decisions. I hate them.