Originally Posted by Traveler
I read all of your threadstarter with interest, but quoted in part. It's a big post! Noah's is a great story, and full of mystery. I am not sure it is history in scientific terms, but I see it as probably real memory with some of the most terrible details edited out long ago.
To start at the end: I agree on the ark. If it really sailed and SURVIVED a great flood, that is not primitive improvisation, but master shipbuilding, indicative of highly developed culture and technology.
Working my way back into the text, Noah, at the time he was chosen was a good guy, descending from a bloodline of similarly good folk. However, I suspect his daughters-in-law were more integrated into evil contemporary culture, and his sons, well, they loved their wives! I believe some evil was tragically carried along on the ark, into the new, cleansed world.
Another point of difference: I think the Bible offers pretty simple chronologies, stories following cause and effect here. Mankind turned almost entirely wicked and violent, in deed and thought. Punishment was an average reduction of max age (120 yrs.) and a deadly great flood. Divine sons (I am still going back in time!) desired and 'took' human daughters, and their offspring became the Powerful ones, men of ruthless ambition, yearning to rule the earth (=nephilim). The nephilims' success turned the earth and humanity into an evil abode.
Finally, returning to the essence of the story: The description of the nephilim and surrounding actors follows a Hebrew pattern. Like the name of God 'I am that I am' is 'I am' reflecting upon itself. A MIRROR. It is the same with Genesis 6:2 and 4. In the hebrew manner the sons of God, and their exeptional children are described twice. This is not Greek thinking, but Jewish: these special children ARE the nephilim.
So my conclusion is that the sons of God most resemble aliens (modern concept), and their nephilim children the introduction of a alien bloodline on earth. And God didn't like it, at all.
For this must ever be
A secret, kept from all the rest,
Between yourself and me.
- LEWIS CARROLL, Alice in Wonderland