‘Chronicles of the Nephilim’

You may remember the problems I had last year, reviewing books by “Abner Doubleday.” Well, these are the books–Chronicles of the Nephilim, by Brian Godawa–and here’s my review, as published in Chalcedon’s magazine.


Given how much I wound up disliking these books, I’d say my review was rather charitable.

And now it’s off to the eye doctor!

14 comments on “‘Chronicles of the Nephilim’

  1. No surprise here. Because it’s non-fiction and because Hebrew/Biblical Scholar Dr. Michael Heiser, whose work I’m familiar with, wrote the introduction to ‘When Giants Were Upon the Earth: The Watchers, the Nephilim, and the Biblical Cosmic War of the Seed’, which is a compilation of appendices from Godawa’s entire series, I decided to read it. However, when I read the ‘look inside’ pages from the books in the series, I was unimpressed to say he least, and didn’t read any in the series.

  2. As you mention, in the review, what really happened in that age before the Flood is compelling subject matter, to say the least. The problem is, we have only a handful of insights in scripture. That age is all but shut off from us and we know little more than that it existed, was a time of violence and ended with a cataclysm of global scope.

    Writing fiction baed upon that epoch is tempting. The problem is, there’s no way to know if the fiction furthers the narrative of God’s side, or that of His opposer. I can imagine all sorts of things that may have happened, but that is all it is, a matter of imagination. When people take as fact any of these musings, there is real potential for trouble.

  3. Praying for your time with the eye doctor; appreciate your review of the Nephilim books; been “eyeing” them and wonder if I should read them in the future.

  4. This is a really great article, Lee, and it applies to me as I write Christian fiction the way you do–based on Christian truths/principles. I would never dare to recreate scripture in my own image. The responsibility is far too great, not to mention it’s an impossible feat anyway. I’ll reblog this one for tomorrow.

  5. I remember reading this review in the FFAL. Brian Godawa (catchy last name) has written articles for the magazine that were always very interesting. I am keeping away from his fiction.

  6. I enjoyed your review, especially since I had tried reading those books several years ago and was equally disappointed. I’ve been working on tackling the same subject in fictional form, and it’s taken a long time to try to do justice to the source material, while creating a mostly original story that feels like it naturally flows with the rest of scripture. I’ve wrestled with it for 15 years, and finally feel close to doing it justice.

    I applaud Mr. Godawa for his efforts in promoting Christian fiction and films, however I wish he had taken more time on his Antediluvian stories to make sure they properly presented the characters, their adventures and the gravity of the events that took place.

    Thanks for writing and posting this respectful but discerning review.

    1. It’s a subject of much intrigue, but there is little to go on in recognized scripture. The Book of Enoch contributes some information, but I wouldn’t bet my last nickel on it being inspired. Perhaps even more salient, I wouldn’t wager that the Book of Enoch we see today is the same book as is mentioned in scripture.

      The Hebrew Scriptures were scrupulously copied so as to preserve even the letter count. I don’t know that this is the case with other books, such as the Book of Enoch.

      I would love to know the facts of the antidiluvian world, although I might find some of them distasteful. I was always taught that the Nephilum were the hybrid offspring of materialized angels and human women. I have also read the opinion that the Nephilum were, in fact, the fallen angels themselves, whom rampaged as they saw fit and spread violence among all of human society. I don’t claim to have the last word on that.

      Herein lies the danger. The Bible doesn’t go I to detail on this and the entire subject is rife with speculation. If we needed to know, our Creator would provide the means for us to access that information.

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