Book Review: The Rise And Fall Of The Nephilim

The Rise And Fall Of The Nephilim:  The Untold Story Of Fallen Angels, Giants On The Earth, And Their Extraterrestrial Origins, by Scott Alan Roberts

I must admit that it would sometimes be ideal if I read more about the books I randomly clicked to put on hold at the library, because had I read the subtitle of this book I would have been able to approach it with the proper degree of incredulity and might not have even decided to read the book at all.  I must admit that there are certainly far-out books about extraterrestrials and reptillians that I have read [1], and this has to be added to the list.  As is often the case when a book goes off the rails, there are a lot of reasons why this happens.  For one, the author takes books like the Book of Enoch as straightforward discussions of spirits, and interprets Bible verses through particularly sensational lenses, less interested in ethics than in the belief that he possesses some sort of secret esoteric knowledge that allows him (and others like him) to gain spiritual power.  Indeed, the author seems somewhat strangely attracted to the various watchers whose existence he postulates, suggesting a degree of interest in the spirit world that seldom ends well for the people involved.

This particular book is mercifully short at just over 200 pages long, but even as a short book it is full of padding in its ten chapters.  The author begins with a foreword by Craig Hines, as well as a preface and introduction that introduce the reader to the author’s approach.  After that the author criticizes the power of the scientific worldview (1) and makes the claim that the Bible’s mysterious nephilim were beings conceived by fallen angels (2).  The author then misrepresents God as a “Pharaoh-God” of Israel (3) and makes a claim about the pan-cultural nature of the flood (4).  After that the author speculates on the identity and nature of the supposed watchers (5) and posits alien influences on ancient history (6).  This leads to a discussion of Constantine which is predictably harsh on his opposition to Gnosticism (7) as well as getting to the point of talking about Nephilim (8).  After that there is a discussion of the giants after the flood (9), including Goliath, and then a discussion of where the fallen ones and the watchers are now (10).  This is followed by a conclusion and epilogue as well as some notes, a bibliography, index, and some words about the author.

In terms of the book’s approach, there is a triangulation that seeks to attack both rationalistic science that denies the very existence of the spirit realm as well as the world of biblical religion with its focus on ethics and in its lack of interest in magical thinking and the acquisition of spiritual power.  The author quite bluntly considers himself to be a gnostic and to have an interest in understanding the various intricate details of principalities and spiritual powers, not showing any concern that it might not be a good idea to tangle in such areas.  As a result of the author’s perspective, he provides a skewed look at Moses, thinking that Moses was looking for the name of God so as to have power in possessing such a name, rather than having had a rather sensible and understandable desire to know who he was talking to so that he could convey this information to those who would obviously question him about it.  When an author completely fails to deal with realistic understanding of either the Bible or of humanity, books like this are the predictable and lamentable result.

[1] See, for example:

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