The Nephilim, the Anunnaki, and the Watchers

 “And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose…  There were nephilim in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown” (Genesis 6:1-4).

Nephilim is often translated ‘giant’s though a better definition would be ‘those who came down, those who descended or those who were cast down.”  In the sense that they had spirit fathers and human mothers, they could be considered half-breeds.  In the Sumerian cuniform, these beings were called Anunnaki.

Anunnaki were the half-gods or immortals and encompassed the group of deities of Sumer and Babylon.  Anunnaki meant “those of royal blood” and in texts were called “those who from heaven to earth came.”   They were depicted as human or with animal parts.

Think About and Discuss: Often in movies or in books there are depictions of half-human, half-animal beings.  Two of the most common of these beings are the centaur (half human, half horse) and faun (half human, half goat).  What are some other half-breeds?

The Anunnaki were the council of gods and goddesses who periodically met to discuss their future actions with each other as well as their agenda on the fate of mankind.

The Anunnaki, depending on the context, were the Nephilim, the gods that Abraham’s father, Terah was reputed to have served, the fallen angels, the lesser individuals of the race from which Anu, Enki, Enlil, Inanna and other notables had sprung.  The Anunnaki have also been equated with the “Watchers” mentioned in the book of Daniel.

“And Joshua said to all the people, ‘Thus says YHWH God of Israel: ‘Your fathers, including Terah, the father of Abraham and the father of Nahor, lived on the other side of the River Euphrates in old times; and they served other gods’ (Joshua 24:2).

“I saw in the visions of my head while on my bed, and there was a watcher, a holy one, coming down from heaven ….”  (Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, Daniel 4:13)

“This decision is by the decree of the watchers, and the sentence by the word of the holy ones in order that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, gives it to whomever He will, and sets over it the lowest of men.” (Daniel’s response, Daniel 4:17)

Think About and Discuss: Have you ever considered that there are ‘other beings’ involved in your life  according to the will of the Most High God?

Activity: Read the first chapter of the book of Job.  What is the relationship between God and Satan in this book?


1.  What is significant about the birth of the nephillim?  Who was their father?  Who was their mother?

2.  C.S. Lewis, in writing the Chronicles of Narnia, depicts many half-breeds.  Do you think this is significant in light of learning about the Anunnaki?  Why or why not?

3.  Where did Abraham’s father, Terah live?  What country or countries are located in that geographical region today?

4.  Where did the ‘holy ones’ come from?

5.  What is the purpose of the ‘watchers?

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