The sons of the gods,
who came down from the heavens,
to take the Daughters of Adam,
then plant their seed,
to bear their children. . . .

I am not a Christian: I am a Unitarian Universalist. However, I do not feel that I need to be Christian to appreciate the worth of the Old Testament as a historical and cultural document, and to find the conclusions even some Christian writers are drawing from these stories of interest when combined with the research of people such as Stitchen and others.

Many people today have been looking at the stories of the Old Testament, and especially those of Creation and the time right after it, in a new light.

What was really going on in these stories of our origin?

There are creatures in the Old Testament stories of man’s early days who do not seem to be ordinary humans. The Bible calls them Nephilim.

Who Fathered the Nephilim?

In the 6th chapter of Genesis, this verse tells how the Nephilim came into being:

“Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose… The Nephilim were on the earth in those days… Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.-“Genesis 6:1-4

Who were the “sons of god” who took human wives and had children who became “mighty men of renown?’ Were they fallen angels, as many scholars and theologians have claimed, who broke God’s rule by coming to earth and having sexual relations with humans?
Or were they, as others claim, a very pure race of humans who never married anyone outside their bloodline until some of them rebelled and took wives who weren’t so pure from the “daughters of men?”

There is a later passage in the New Testament, in Jude, that talks about angels who “left their own habitation…giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh…”

Suppose we substitute the word “heavenly beings,” or “heavenly messengers,” which are translations for the word angel. Now suppose these beings from the heavens that come down to earth and breed with earth women are aliens, that is, ancient astronauts from another planet? Is that possible?

Well, the word translated in the Bible as “Sons of God” can also be translated as “Sons of the Powers.” Another translation, according to Raymond E. Fowler, is “fallen-down-ones” because they fell from the sky. Fowler also says that “some scholars speculate that this tradition of giants born from the union of gods and humans formed the basis for the demigod of Greek mythology.”

Anyone familiar with the works of Stitchen and others should be seeing some familiar ideas now. Stitchen translated ancient Sumerian texts which talk about gods from another planet, who came to earth and created hybrid creatures, the union of alien gods and men.

More evidence for the idea that the Nephilim may have been the result of the marriage of aliens and humans can be found in the language of the ancient Aramaic people, where the word “Nephila” referred specifically to the constellation Orion, and Nephilim were the semi-divine offspring of Orion!