Few obscure Bible passages have generated more theological and creative speculation than Genesis 6:4.
“The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.” – English Standard Version
In her novel Angelology, Danielle Trussoni has an interesting take on the topic. The idea is that the great old families of Europe, the powers behind the thrones (and in some cases on the thrones) are the descendants of Nephilim. Sister Evangeline and her sisters, part of the Society of Angelologists, end up on the front lines of the spiritual battle.
The Angelologists believe that Nephilim are behind history’s greatest acts of evil – war, genocide, famine and slavery. The idea is that their wealth and influence have allowed the Nephilim to develop institutions and systems that suppress ordinary people.But as the years have passed, the Nephilim's bloodlines have becoe weakened, and their influence may be waning.
I really enjoyed Trussoni's take on the topic, as different as it was from other versions of Nephilim stories I have run across before.
There is a second novel in the series, and I expect to read it soon.
A general-interest review of the novel appears at Alan’s Eyes & Ears.