Peter and the Titans: Are the Sons of God Titans?

Welcome back to this week’s episode of Fresh Ground Theology. Currently, we are studying the supernatural world in the Old Testament. So far, we’ve studied the phrase sons of God in the Old Testament and I propose that every time it appears in the Old Testament it refers to angels. Then we raised that nagging question about Genesis 6 and the sons of God marrying the daughters of men. Here, I proposed that these too should be angels. After defending my proposal scripturally, I then took you through church history and showed how the earliest interpretations of Genesis were unanimously agreed that these were supernatural beings. It wasn’t until the rise of monasticism and the denigration of intercourse to simply procreation that the idea was suggested that these were holy men taking wives for themselves and thus becoming unclean. Last time, we took the phrase sons of God and traced it through the mythologies of other nations. We found that universally it was taken as a reference to the supernatural—to the gods of the nations.

This week we are going to take a slightly different route. We are going to look at a verse in the New Testament that refers to Genesis 6 and that adds to interesting details to it. I’m going to confess, however, that this episode, in my opinion, is a little bit more speculative than I would like. I think it will be worthwhile to contemplate, otherwise I wouldn’t share it with you. But view this episode more as a framework for future study.

Greek Epic: Hesoid, “Theogony,” trans. Wm. Blake Tyrrell, 1997, https://msu.edu/~tyrrell/theogon.pdf.

Akkadian and Hittite Epics: James Pritchard, ed., Ancient Near Eastern Texts Relating to the Old Testament, 3rd ed. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1974).

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