Doug Van Dorn


Sons of God

Historical Survey

Dictionary Entries

Journal Articles
Sons of God as "Heavenly Beings"

Sons of God as "Tyrants"

Sons of God as "Sethites"

"The Ancient Exegesis of Genesis 6:2, 4" - Robert C. Newman (Grace Theological Journal 5.1 (1984): 13-36. This is a great historical survey of the interpretation of the "sons of God." It demonstrates that the oldest view is the supernatural view).

"Sons of God" - Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary

"Sons of the Gods" - Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible

Michael Heiser, "Deuteronomy 32:8 and the Sons of God," Bibliotheca Sacra 158, no. 629 (2001): 51–74. This has become the classic study of the Sons of God. Heiser demonstrates that the original phrase was "sons of God" and that these were viewed as heavenly beings).

Michael Heiser, "Deuteronomy 32:8 and the Sons of God" - (from his website. This is a little longer than the published version).

Willem A Van Gemeren, "The Sons of God in Genesis 6:1-4: An Example of Evangelical Demythologization?" - Westminster Theological Journal 43 (1981): 320-348. This article concludes that taking the sons of God as not being heavenly beings is a form of de-mythologization)

Ronald Hendel, "When the Sons of God Cavorted with the Daughters of Men," Understanding the Dead Sea Scrolls (New York: Vintage Books, 1993), 167-77.

Meredith G. Kline, "Divine Kingship and Genesis 6:1-4," Westminster Theological Journal 24.2 (1962): 187-204. Kline gives the classic defense of the sons of God as human kings. This is not a Sethite view).

David J. A. Clines, "The Significance of the 'Sons of God' Episode (Genesis 6.1-4) in the Context of the 'Primaeval History' (Genesis 1-11), " Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 13 (1979): 34-46.

John Murray, "Appendix A," Principles of Conduct, pp. 243-49. This PDF is missing one page at the moment, as they were not available on the Google Book preview).