What does the Bible mean by the “sons of God” marrying the “daughters of humans”?

Q. Please explain in detail the passage in Genesis that says, “The sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose.”

I discuss that passage in detail in this post:

https://goodquestionblog.com/2014/01/09/who-were-the-nephilim/

I hope my discussion there is helpful to you.  Thanks for your question!

Author: Christopher R Smith

The Rev. Dr. Christopher R. Smith is an an ordained minister, a writer, and a biblical scholar. He was active in parish and student ministry for twenty-five years. He was a consulting editor to the International Bible Society (now Biblica) for The Books of the Bible, an edition of the New International Version (NIV) that presents the biblical books according to their natural literary outlines, without chapters and verses. His Understanding the Books of the Bible study guide series is keyed to this format. He was also a consultant to Tyndale House for the Immerse Bible, an edition of the New Living Translation (NLT) that similarly presents the Scriptures in their natural literary forms, without chapters and verses or section headings. He has a B.A. from Harvard in English and American Literature and Language, a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Gordon-Conwell, and a Ph.D. in the History of Christian Life and Thought, with a minor concentration in Bible, from Boston College, in the joint program with Andover Newton Theological School.

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