thatkidakayoungguy wrote:Also, how tall were these Nephilim?
Or the Sumerian Kings and Patriarchs? Ik this is opinionated and I don't want it to distract from the above topic, but if one or the other were generally tall it would explain some mythical stories of giants ruling the earth. According to paleontology, most early humans and hominids were short or medium height. However many Heidelberg humans and groups of Homo Erectus were tall to giant size.
A couple of quick comments.
I'm unaware of any evidence that either the pre-flood Patriarchs or the pre-Flood Sumerian kings were taller than normal. The common thread here is that both of these groups of people had extraordinarily long life spans and both groups lived during the same period of time, around 5000 BC to 3000 BC.
As for the Nephilim, the Septuagint refers to them as giants, and they may have been taller than normal (I don't think we can know for sure), but there is no evidence that the Nephilim had the same extended life spans as the pre flood Patriarchs and the pre flood Sumerian Kings.
There's so much we don't know about the 5000-3000 BC timeframe that it is really tough to make any kind of dogmatic statement.
Regarding Homo Erectus and Homo heidelbergensis, I don't think either of these hominid species have any relationship to the Nephilim.
The Nephilim were humans who lived somewhere between 5000 and 3000 BC (probably closer to 3000 BC).
Homo Erectus was a hominid species that disappeared around 140,000 years ago.
Homo heidelbergensis was a hominid species that disappeared around 300,000 years ago.
So the time frames just don't work out for the Nephilim to have been either Homo Erectus or Homo heidelbergensis.