Crescendo‘s nephilim: Are they real & are they coming back?!

Fallen angels may be the new vampires, but the concept of “nephilim” keeps coming up right alongside — not only in Becca Fitzpatrick’s series, but also Lauren Kate’s Fallen series, as well as Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments.

It turns out, nephilim aren’t just figments of authors’ imaginations. Like many creatures in paranormal romance, they are based in traditional mythology and history.


They are mentioned twice in the Bible, both times in the Old Testament or Torah: Genesis 6:1-4 and Numbers 13:32-33:

1 When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. 3 Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.” 4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.

 And also:

32 And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. 33 We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”

There is much confusion surrounding translation of the two passages — are the nephilim the offspring? Are they really giants? (Goliath is rumored to have been nephilim.) Much of it depends on who the “sons of God” are: angels or human children of Seth (who was a son of Adam and Eve. Some of his children rebelled against God, afterward considered “fallen” but not angelic)?

For a frank argument of the theories, visit

On the other hand, there are those who think the nephilim are evil beings who will return to the earth and usher in the end of days.

Throw in controversial references in the Dead Sea Scrolls and you’ve got yourself a Judeo-Christian pickle.

And finally, for some really cool (but probably fake, boo!) photos of an alleged archaeological dig in Greece that turned up some giant skeletons — possibly nephilim — visit

6 thoughts on “Crescendo‘s nephilim: Are they real & are they coming back?!

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  1. This is what makes “Hush Hush” and similar books, such wonderful books for YA. Not only are they captivating stories but they also create curiousity and entice the reader to research history and engage in a dialogue concerning our ancestors and the enticing idea of Nephilim among us today.

  2. I’d also recommend Danielle Trussoni’s “Angelology” to anyone interested in the Nephilim. It’s an adult fiction book, but it’s absolutely fantastic. 🙂

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