Flood, Fire, and Festival: How the Nephilim and Noah’s Flood Unlock the Mystery of Yom Kippur and the Final Judgment

This presentation explores the way that the Bible and other Jewish literature around the time of Christ depicts Noah’s flood as a preview of the final judgment of the world. Special attention will be given to the role of angelic beings (Watchers) and their offspring¬†in the flood narrative, and the possibility that the story of the Watchers and the Flood forms informs the symbolism of the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), which subsequently shapes the imagery used for the final judgment.