I was posting late last night and phone lines went out and lost internet service. I wanted to post some sources such as:
The Demonology of the Israelite - Jewish and Early Christian Literature in context of their Environment (Tubingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2003- pgs 318-338)
Secrecy and the Gods: Secret Knowledge in Ancient Mesopotamia and Biblical Israel, (Alan Lenzi the Neo- Assyrian Text Corpus Project, State archives of Assyrian studies. Helsinki 2008)
On the Origin of the Watchers: A Comparative Study of the Antediluvian Wisdom in Mesopotamian and Jewish Literature 19.4 (2010) 277-320...by Amar Annus
Dead Sea Scrolls fragments of Enoch, Jubilees, book of the Giants, etc that predate existing manuscripts as easliy found on the internet.
The Books of Enoch, Jasher, and Jubilees are all quoted in the bible. They do not malign the bible. They support the bible. They honor YHWH as well. They were refereed too in the bible and quoted.
The sections concerning Genesis chapter 6 were written to set the record straight before we had cannon of scripture and were very well known to second temple Jews and their view was in a supernatural God at war with fallen angels and fallen angels who supernaturally mixed a new race of humans and angels - that was the historical record they had. In other words, God was setting the record straight midst a pagan world view intent on killing God's people.
These book and more were all well read back then in the days of Jesus - Jesus appears to have quoted from the book of Jubilees as well too.
Jude and Peter quoted from Enoch, thus, they knew their own history better than Augustine in his mystical book - City of God - did.
To toss all this out just to prove two theories that gained acceptance in the Middle Ages - hundreds of years after Jesus left this earth is poor dastardly scholarship indeed - a travesty pure and simple.
Recall that there are eight times that the number 9 is found in the Kings list - 9x8=72 and 7+2=9
The number 72 - it is a specific number considered to be one of the master numbers in Chaldean number system.
It's symbolic meaning in Sumerian numbers was that it represented the earth or more likely control of the earth - who controls the earth
Again, it is significant number. Even the Hebrew number meaning refers to the earth and events on it.
I will post a quote from a questionable website because they did a fair job noting the significance of the number 72 quoted below from that site:
Properties of the number 72http://www.ridingthebeast.com/numbers/nu72.php
Represent the number of the earth.
According to R. Allendy, it is "the differentiation, 2, in cosmic series, 70, producing the extreme multiplicity of the aspects, moreover interdependent between them (7 + 2 = 9)". It would express also the solidarity in the multiplicity (8 x 9) showing the harmony and the reciprocity in universal relations of things.
Sixty-twelve is considered as harmful in the apocryphal books of the Old Testament that speak about the 72 dead (Will of Abraham) and of the 72 sicknesses (Life of Adam and Eve).
The 72 disciples sent by Jesus. (Lk 10,1)
The 70 ancients accompanying Moses that received an outpouring of the spirit, plus the 2 absent ones which had remained in the camp, Eldad and Medad. (Nb 11,25-26)
The 72 races resulting from Noah. They are enumerated in chapter 10 of the Genesis. There are fifteen descendants by Japhet, thirty by Cham, twenty-seven by Sem. The list is arbitrary since the descendants of Peleg are not taken into account, and that the fathers are counted at the same time that their sons.
The 72 languages confused to the Tower of Babel.
If this isn't boring enough, note when you reduce 72 which is 7+2=9, you will have Nine - 9s total in the Kings list and 9x9=81
81 in the Chaldean system means - to teach fine arts, inciting with greater intellect and knowledge, to benefit someone or people with self improvement. It is a number suggesting seduction by use of selfhelp/improvement, offers a deeper knowledge, and offers philosophy and if these fail to win - to wage warfare with better weapons and wise skill. These traits are the same character traits of Nergal and Ishtar...and Satan as well.
Adam and Eve fell prey to this seduction" Be as god - self improvement to become their own gods along with an offer of Knowledge... to know ... and the pride involved in knowing and that kind of self help to toss away YHWH in exchange for you calling your own shots - all justified.
In the Hebrew number system 81 means Angelic Beings who battle, or act in role of servants and messengers either in a good sense (God's Angels) or bad sense (Fallen angels) , in the bad sense it refers fallen angels who counterattack God's grace, mercy, etc...war against God and his people on earth.
So according to the code in the Kings list - there is a battle for control of the earth to overthrow God himself (as per Eph 6:10,11,12-18 implies that this war still is on going) by fallen angels who seduce with crafty words of wisdom, self improvement, philosophy and if this fails to bring ruin - wage actual open warfare where buckets of blood flow.
In the Hebrew system the numbers point out God's angels battling these fallen angels on earth.
This is not coincidence. Too much bible supports this after all Daniels prayer be answered was hindered by whom? Who do we wrestle? The devil walks about like what? We are to resist whom?
Why is God's will for us - sanctification? We are called to expose the works of darkness... you think we can sit on our arses and do nothing? Really? Waste time defending the Leader or Sethite view while whole would is under sway of whom?