The “Watchers” or the “Nephilim”.
The existence of Tubal-Cain revealing his
importance in advancing metallurgy and weapons.
During the flood, we see huge amounts of water
coming up from the ground, like geysers.
The search for Noah‟s son‟s wives.
The herb-induced hibernation of the animals.
Noah‟s doubts, his concern with his own and his
The drunkenness of Noah.
The defiance of his son Ham.
In Genesis chapter six we read about the Nephilim, who were the
offspring of fallen angels who came to earth and married beautiful
women of earth. The term is often translated as giants, but the literal
meaning is fallen angel---an extra-terrestrial. Thus, these offspring
were strange hybrids.
“The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward---when the
„sons of God‟ went to the daughters of men and had children by them.” Gen. 6:4
The term „sons of God‟ is used in the original Hebrew translation in the book of
Job as a reference to those beings in heaven who existed before the creation of
man. Modern translations have used the word angel instead. See Job 38:7
In the book of Jude these „sons of God‟ are also mentioned: “And the angels who
kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he has reserved in
everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.” Jude 1:6
Here is where the film “Noah” makes a sharp deviation in meaning
by making these hybrids into semi-good, rock-encrusted, giants
who help Noah build the ark. There is no valid source for this
idea. We might say that they are in “chains” through their rock
bodies. But giving the impression of good fallen angels is false.
The term “Watchers” is derived from the Apocrypha Book of Enoch. There they
are also referred to as „sons of God‟ or angels, and the reference is to fallen ones.
Tubal-Cain is a real descendant of Adam‟s son Cain who
killed Abel. He is mentioned in Genesis 4:22 as the forger
of all instruments of bronze and iron. His ancestor Cain is
associated with the building of cities.
So…in the ten generations since the time of
Adam, weapons, cities, hybrid creations, and evil have
proliferated. This is revealed in the film very well and the
addition of Tubal-Cain seems a valid addition to the story
of Noah. All of this imagery helps to reinforce the idea
that God grieved over his creation and wished to destroy
“The Lord saw how great man‟s wickedness on the earth had become, and
that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.
The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart
was filled with pain. So the Lord said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I
have created, from the face of the earth…” Gen. 6:5-7
To many, the idea of rain for forty days would not
be enough to flood the entire earth, covering all the
mountains. But it was not ordinary rain.
In Genesis 7:11 it states that “all the springs of the
great deep burst forth, and the flood gates of the
heavens were opened.”
The springs of the deep are depicted in the film as
these tremendous geysers.
What about the „flood gates of heaven‟? We need
to go back and read the Creation story more
carefully. In Genesis 1:6, God divides the waters
placed UNDER the firmament from those placed
ABOVE the firmament. He then calls the
This is a topic depicted by a renown artist
before. Can you guess who?
Yes, you are correct. It was Michelangelo on
the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
He places this as one of the large scenes
directly over the entrance to the chapel to
symbolize the sin of man. This allows for a
progression from Sin to Godliness to the image
of God the Creator over the altar. It also
expresses some of his Neo-platonic concepts.
Or is this also biblical?
After the flood, when Noah
and his sons are on the new
earth, grapes are grown
(maybe for the first time) and
Noah makes wine, drinks
and gets drunk.
See Genesis 9:21- 27 for the
The rest of the story reveals a sin of
Noah‟s son Ham and a curse on him
and his descendants. Ham finds
Noah naked and drunk and runs to
get his brothers to disgrace him.
Shem & Japeth walk with a cloak
respectfully not viewing their father
and cover him.
Some are felt to be inspired by the Jewish
tradition of the Midrash.
However, these, in my opinion, do not destroy
the basic religious concept of the film.
The idea of a benevolent fallen angel, meaning
one who defied God is, however, in my
view, very dangerous and misleading.