10 Generations from Adam
Enoch - 7th Generation / Contrast with the 7th generation of Cain in Lamech
Methuselah walked the earth with Adam.
The sons of God / Daughters of man
Nonhuman, godlike beings such as angels, demons, or spirits
The oldest view
Modern Scholars accept this view based on the following
Elsewhere in the OT “sons of God” refers to heavenly, godlike creatures (, )
Contrast between sons of God and Daughters of men
In Ugaritic literature “sons of God” refers to members of the divine pantheon, Genesis could be using the phrase similarly.
Can angels marry?
For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.
In the resurrection, therefore, of the seven, whose wife will she be? For they all had her.” But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.
Superior men such as kings or other rulers
Most usual rabbinic view.
Judges and kings are often identified with gods and the sons of the Most High. ()
King David is called God’s son (, )
This interpretations explains why men are judged for the intermarriages that occurred.
Godly men, descendants of Seth as opposed to the godless descendants of Cain
Sons of God -> Descendants of Seth
Daughters of Man -> Daughters of Cain
SAW -> GOOD -> TOOK
A common pattern for sinful activity.
Total life span, no one would live beyond it.
Not likely, see Noah - 350 years after the flood, 950 years total.
Shem 600 years
Slow acting curse?
Men as late as Aaron outlived this statement and lived to 123 (Num 33:39)
Years until the flood
Noah was 500 when he fathered his sons 5:32
Noah was 600 when the flood began 7:6
A time of grace and preparation.
because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water.
Coffman - "The term in Hebrew implies not so much the idea of great stature as of reckless ferocity, impious, and daring characters, who spread devastation and carnage far and wide."
The Lord SAW - EVIL - REGRETTED
The sight of ungodly men results in sin.
The sight of God results in justice.
Beyond a mans actions and words, he sees the intentions of the heart.
- While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.