The Sons of God (b'nai Elohim)

Who are the sons of God or the sons of Elohim? That is the question that many Christians ask today, mainly those who are truly seeking the truth. This is a controversial topic that emerged in the Christian church in the 5th Century A.D., when new Christian church leaders abandoned the Jewish or Hebrew roots of Christianity and introduced new doctrines and theologies. Since then most churches and Christian Seminaries have been teaching that the sons of Elohim in Genesis chapter 6 are in reference to the godly sons of Seth. On the other hand, there are many churches today that still teach the original biblical view that the sons of Elohim in Genesis chapter 6 are in reference to angelic beings, rather than men. So which is the true version? Well, in this study I am not going to present both views. I am only going to concentrate on who the “sons of Elohim” are according to scripture, and in the process I will prove that the angelic interpretation of Genesis chapter 6 is the one and only true biblical interpretation. For more detailed information on the debate between both views you can read the Sons of Seth Heresy study.


The Sons Of Elohim

The term “sons of God” or “sons of Elohim,” depending on what bible translation you have, has always been used in scripture(specifically in the Old Testament) in reference to angels. Because the term carries this meaning it is used very selectively. This term first appears in the book of Genesis chapter 6,vs 2 and then again in vs 4.


Genesis 6:1-2 (KJV)

Andit came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, anddaughters were born unto them, that the sonsof God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took themwives of all which they chose.


Genesis 6:4 (KJV)

Therewere giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughtersof men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which wereof old, men of renown.


In order to understand the true meaning of the English term“sons of God” we first have to do a word search and find out what it means in the Hebrew. Why? Well, because the scriptures or the Old Testament was originally written in the Hebrew language, then it was translated to the Greek language(Septuagint), then to Latin, and finally it was translated to the English language (Old English). Today we have scriptures that are translated straight from the Hebrew language to the English language (The Scriptures Bible). But never the less we still have to look up its true meanings in Hebrew in order to get a clear understanding of the term. Some of the original Hebrew meanings through out the scriptures have been lost due to all of these translations, which is why a word search is important.


Strong’s Hebrewand Greek Concordance (Dictionary):

  • Sons (H1121): bên (Hebrew singular) benai or b’nai (Hebrew plural); a son (as a builder of the family name), in thewidest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson,subject, nation, quality or condition, etc.).  

Brown-Driver-Brigg’sHebrew Definitions:

  • Sons: bên (Hebrew); son, grandson, child,member of a group, male child, children (plural – male, youth, young men(plural), sons (as characterization, i.e. sons of injustice [forunrighteous men] or sons of God [for angels]), people (of a nation)(plural), of lifeless things, i.e. sparks, stars, arrows (figuratively), amember of a guild, order, class.


Ancient HebrewLexicon:

  • Sons [A (Nm)]; a son one who continues the family line.


Strong’s Hebrewand Greek Concordance (Dictionary):

  • God (H430): Elohim (el-o-heem'); plural of H47; gods in the ordinary sense; butspecifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of thesupreme God; occasionallyapplied by way of deference to magistrates;and sometimes as a superlative: angels, exceeding, God (gods) great,judges, mighty.


Brown-Driver-Brigg’sHebrew Definitions:

  • God: Elohim (ĕlôhîym) (plural); rulers, judges, divine ones, angels,gods, (pluralintensive -singular meaning) god,goddess, godlike one, works or special possessions of God, the (true) God.

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