Friday, December 02, 2005
Nephilim, Angels, and Neanderthals
Some have speculated that the strange Biblical reference to Nephilim may represent a deep, past, collective memory of the time when Neanderthals coexisted with Homo sapiens. We know that Neanderthals inhabited Europe and the Middle East during the late Pleistocene Epoch, about 100,000 to 30,000 years ago. The Neanderthals were the first hominids to intentionally bury their dead, and they had larger brain cases than modern humans. Examination of skeletal remains indicates that Neanderthals were a physically powerful and war-scarred race. While controversial, some researchers suggest that the Nephilim might refer to either Neanderthals or strongly muscled but possibly sterile hybrids produced by the mating of Neanderthals and Homo sapiens. Even today, scientists do not fully understand the Neanderthal's evolutionary origin and final fading from the world scene.
I think you might enjoy one of my first posts that shares a similar theme: Neanderthals Down by the Gene Pool
The weirdest part, while doing research, I came across all these right-wing religious sites that argued strange theories of inter-breeding between Neanerthals and modern man.
So, angels or peaceful beings -- it's anybody's guess.
“Great” is subjective, could mean large like goliath, or wondrous. It could mean powerful or it could mean popular. Its meaning is something that is not exactly known.
Well....I didn't really talk to Q.
But mine's as good as all of yours.