History is much like theology. We all have different factors that go into what we frame as truth, but we end up arguing the factors we use to separate (rather than identifying a common standard).
Archaeologist have found remains from around Lake Victoria, Africa which date a couple hundred thousand years ago. In 120,000 BC, people from the Middle East to the southern tip of Africa to China were physically the same as humans today.
Some communities from China 100,000 years ago lived in a series of caves connected by tunnels that covered over a square mile. The cave’s occupants’ teeth were discovered intentionally hidden under a rock, in the middle of the room, under 80,000 years of stalagmite growth – with evidence they even pulled some.
Humans living from China to the Cape of Hope in Africa are a far cry from the planetary infection of self-glorification described in Genesis 6. This brief historical mention by Moses could seem confusing, without knowing the background story it is referencing. This story gives a historical storyline to all the other gods, and was foundational to every Jewish person’s worldview in Moses’ and Jesus’ day – so that it only required a brief mention. A guy who grew up with Jesus as an older brother (Jude) referenced this story as prophecy in the New Testament. The Christian church in Ethiopia has included the first 34 chapters as scripture. I assume this was one of the texts the man baptized by Philip brought back.
These details were so foundational to the world view of ancient Jews that Moses merely referenced the event with one line, and connected all past heros as growing out of this story with, “God’s sons had sex with men’s daughters, and had children with them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.” From there, Moses launches into the flood story (the oldest common human story around there planet).
Perspective looks to bridge this gap of cryptic language in Genesis 6 (notating the event), as well as tempering of the magnificent revelation text in books like Enoch – to connect a story across races and nations and religions. Wisdom encourages us to be good managers of our resources, and we as humans have been given shared knowledge and deduction powers. We took for ourselves the ability to know good vs evil in judgement in the garden. We should at least give effort to understand why these texts have survived for 1000s of years (before we dismiss them outright).
God is eternal, right now. I AM is at the core of every experience. We do not know everything, and we don’t have to be afraid of acting like it.
- In the voice of: God’s Community
- Spoken to: God’s Community
- Source Text: Gen 6, Jude, Smithsonian, The History of the Ancient World, Wikipedia, 1 Enoch 1-34