Nephilim and Neanderthal Man
Was Neanderthal Man the Nephilim?
Have you ever read the bizarre story of the Nephilim in Genesis chapter six?
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. Then the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.
Some theorize Neanderthal Man and the biblical beings called The Nephilim of which we read in Genesis chapter six are one and the same. Neanderthal Man had a larger cranial capacity than modern human beings. They possessed immense physical strength. The ”sons of God” mentioned in the passage above were angels who took human form in order to have sexual intimacy with beautiful human women. If Neanderthal Man and the Nephilim are the same beings that might explain why physically and mentally superior Neanderthals became extinct. On the heels of Genesis 6:1-4 we see the following verses.
Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. The LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.
Let us add to the theory that Neanderthal Man was the Nephilim, the notion that those beings died out during the great flood through which only Noah and his family survived. After the flood God discontinued permitting angels to assume human form and mate with human women. It has been suggested that the Nephilim were perhaps sterile like a mule, which is the reproductive product of a male donkey and a female horse and is itself sterile and unable to reproduce. This principle need not necessarily have applied to the Nephilim?
One more aspect of the Nephilim and Neanderthal Man might be worth mentioning in this context. In the early church in Asia Minor a debate that raged regarding the humanity and divinity of Jesus. Was Jesus all man and all God or half man and half God. Some gods of Greek and Roman mythology were the product of gods mating with human women as in the case of the mythical Greek god Hercules who was the product of Zeus and a mortal human woman. Who is to say that the origin of that concept of Hercules did not derive from legend and lore based upon the Nephilim, or was it Neanderthal Man. That may not seem very important to us today but consider that people all over the modern Christian world recite the Nicene Creed in various churches. The Nicene Creed came about in a council at a place called Nicaea in 325 CE were this controversy in the early church over Jesus being created or uncreated, half man, half God or all man and all God was laid to rest with this extra biblical philosophical and theological formulation about the nature and origin of God, Christ and the Spirit of God. So perhaps the strand of the Nephilim or Neanderthal Man, the impact of this odd biblical legend reaches all the way down to the present in our contemporary living history and in the practice of Christian faith.
Where the Nephilim and Neanderthal Man the same or different beings?