- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: New Page Books; 1 edition (February 22, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1601631979
- ISBN-13: 978-1601631978
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Rise and Fall of the Nephilim: The Untold Story of Fallen Angels, Giants on the Earth, and Their Extraterrestrial Origins 1st Edition
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Scott Alan Roberts is the founder and publisher of Intrepid Magazine, a journal dedicated to politics, science, and unexplained phenomena. He is a radio show host, popular public speaker, and stand-up philosopher. He has been interviewed on scores of radio shows and was editor-in-chief of SyFy's Ghost Hunters magazine, TAPS ParaMag. He attended Bible college and theological seminary, working toward his master's in Divinity, but left for a 33-year career in advertising and publishing as an art and creative director, designer, illustrator, photographer, and writer. He lives in rural Wisconsin with his wife and children.
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I purchased the book with high expectations and studied it in great detail. No doubt the identity of the Watchers and Nephilims, who mated with humans, is well documented by the author using not only the Bible, but also texts from the books of Jubilees and Enoch.
However, it seems that the author is overly apologetic when referencing and questioning certain traditional Judeo/Christian beliefs, including his own, while on the other side seems at times reluctant in making the final scientific analysis based on his own research and findings, thereby raising many more questions.
On the other side, the author's attempt to prove that Cain was a Nephilim is rather farfetched, especially when he claims that Cain was also a twin brother of Abel. Jubilees, chapter 4.1, clearly states, that Cain was born in the third week of the second jubilee, whereas Abel was born in the fourth week, while their sister Awan was born in the fifth week of the second jubilee.
In addition, the author continues not to follow some of his own ancient sources when he claims that, "Noah was pure human being, through and through," and for that reason was selected by God to build the Ark.
Probably no individual in the Bible was born under more mysterious circumstances as Noah. His own father Lamech tried to refuse the child as his, because he was not around to have been able to impregnate his wife, who apparently had not committed adultery either. Then, when Noah was born he looked and acted so different compared to any human child that his own father Lamech was scared of the child and run for answers to his father Methuselah, who in turn asked his father Enoch for an explanation. (See Dead Sea Scrolls and the books of Enoch and Noah). Contrary to the author's insistence, even Noah's own father Lamech thought that Noah was resembling the sons of the God, not man. So who sired Noah or was this an immaculate conception?
Besides, if the whole purpose of the Flood was to cleanse the planet of Nephilims and humans with genetic contaminations from the Nephilims, then Noah could not have been the only one who was pure. His wife, their three sons and their wives had to be pure as well to make any sense of this genetic cleansing effort by drowning everybody else on the planet. However, if all humans on board the Ark didn't carry any Nephilim genes in their blood, then neither did their biological parents, grandparents and great grandparents all the way down to Adam and Eve. This would also include that all their siblings from the same parents had to be free of any genetic contaminations by the Nephilims, if one follows Mendelian Inheritance law.
Considering the multitude of children born to each generation and the longevity of people back then, there had to be thousands and thousands of pure blooded human beings on planet Earth just prior to the flood. The author wants us to believe that the creator, the almighty God, deliberately killed, totally wiped out all life on the surface of the Earth, just to get rid of the bloodline of the Nephilims, and apparently God failed miserably in this effort, because the Nephilims were still around after the flood.
Therefore, the author's depiction of the flood would certainly raise fundamental questions about the wisdom and power of God in this matter.
Mr. Roberts' book, specifically, is well written and carefully argued -- though there a plenty of evidentiary leaps that have had to be taken since there is no evidence other than ancient texts -- Biblical, extra-Biblical, Jewish, Sumerian, Canaanite, Hindu, etc.
Books such as Rise and Fall of the Nephilim should be taken less with a grain of salt and more with a quarry of this. They are interesting, but only from the standpoint of entertainment. Deeply speculative, these gnostic dementia explorations of the human and non-human past must be approached with caution and should never be confused with genuine history, science, or, even, scholarship. If the reader can approach such books in this manner a great deal of entertainment, of the almost pornographic variety, may be had.
Highly Recommended for those interested in Ancient Aliens and Biblical mythology or fringe religious studies.
4 out of 5 stars.
Nephilim lost one star because the text dragged a bit in the middle and there were too many cute pop culture references, as well as too many personal anecdotes. When writing a faux-scholarly work it is important to remove ones self, except in the introduction, from the text as much as possible -- this Mr. Roberts failed to do.
Nevertheless, this is a provocative book. It makes you reconsider a lot of the age old theories that people cling to simply because "it has always been taught that way." I recommend this book but, don't take his word for what the Bible says; let his view spark your interest and then do more research on your own.