reply to post by serbsta
have you read heiser's paper on "THE NACHASH AND HIS SEED: some explanatory notes on why the serpent in Genesis 3 wasn't a serpent" ?
what he means is, the serpent was not a snake.
here's the paper
so, what we have thus far is flying, celestial beings, who came down to the earth, married human women, who then gave birth to kings and rulers
(mighty men), and physically superior men (giants, geniuses (genii?), giving rise to the data in the book of 1 enoch and the genesis 6 chapter on the
preflood giants, mighty men of reknown, and one of the reasons that planet was "wiped clean".
it's here that i theorized that the biblical version told the account from the perspective of the enlilites, who were primarily human slaves, whereas
the mainstream version found in the epic of gilgamesh, describes it from the perspective of the enkites, who were basically the nephilim kings and
afterall, enki didn't save an enlilite, he saved an enkite, the king of sumer. which is why enlil is so angry at first. enlil had planned on
fixing the situation the earth was in (genetic and environmental waste land) by wiping the nephilim but enki had mercy on the nephilim king. after
the flood ended, enki councilled the king and told him how to get in the good graces of enlil, which the king then proceeded to do. this had the
desired effect of quenching enlil's anger, who then gave the guy eternal life. ... don't ask me, i'm just trying to figure this all out.
regardless, the nephilim and the humans end up surviving the flood, as is indicated in later passages with og, the king of bashan, and gilgamesh, who
was two thirds god (a nephilim), according to the text, and nimrod, who BECAME a mighty one (a nephilim) after he was already born!!! (genetic
modification anyone???) somewhere along in here, enlil and enki appear to get on the same page and i'm thinking it was following the flood situation
or it may be that someone tampered with any number of texts, further confusing the issue.