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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 11:59 am 
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The Book of Enoch, provides extra-biblical details, and an expository retelling of the etiology for evil spirits.

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The Book of Enoch chapter 15:

8. And now the giants, who have been begotten from body and flesh, will be called evil spirits on earth, and their dwelling-places will be upon the earth.

9. Evil spirits proceed from their bodies; because they are created from above, their beginning and first basis being from the holy watchers, they will be evil spirits upon the earth, and will be called evil spirits.

10. But the spirits of heaven have their dwelling-places in heaven, and the spirits of the earth, who were born on the earth, have their dwelling-places on earth.

11. And the spirits of the giants, who cast themselves upon the clouds, will be destroyed and fall, and will battle and cause destruction on the earth, and do evil; they will take no kind of food, nor will they become thirsty, and they will be invisible.

12. And these spirits will not (?) rise up against the children of men and against the women, because they have proceeded from them, in the days of murder and destruction.

The giants spoken of in 1 En 15:8-12 are the Nephilim. The Septuagint in Gen 6:4 renders the word as gigantes "giants". And when referring to those Nephilim of Gen 6:4 that according to 1 En 15:9 originate from the Watchers in heaven, the Septuagint also employs term gigantes with a definite article. This indicates that these weren't just any giants, but the giants.

The Book of Enoch claims that demons - wicked spirits originated from antediluvian giants.


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Gen 6:4

The Nephilim had been in the earth in those days and afterwards when the sons of the divine came to the daughters of the human. And they bore to them those valiant ones which from old are the men of the reputation.


This passage plainly states that prior to the deluge, and at later points, the Nephilim were in the earth. They are the offspring of an interbreeding that took place between celestial beings (Angels) and the daughters of Adam (Man).

Anaqs, ʼEmims, and Zamzummim are all Rephaʼim mentioned in Deu 2:20-22 and means the same as Nephilim.

The term is used in reference to departed spirits (demons - wicked spirits) in Isaiah 26:14.


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Dead ones will not live, Rephaʼim will not rise; on this account, you have punished and you have exterminated them. You have destroyed every remembrance of theirs.Isaiah 26:14


The Rephaʼim here are paralleled with dead ones as they are elsewhere through the Old Testament.

A case can be made for 1 Enoch's advanced demonology whether one attributes its contents to a divine origin or merely men.

Demons are the disembodied spirits of giants the Nephilim.


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