Note: Before I get started, I want to say that I’m not Christian and I have only a little knowledge of Judeo-Christan Theology. I did research, but if someone better informed than me finds any mistakes in this post, please feel free to let me know.
Okay, so in this passage, Hodge is revealing the origin story of The Shadowhunters. And at first I wouldn’t have any problems with this passage other that it sounds like a more sanitized version of The Slayer origins from Buffy: The Vampire Slayer. However, as I examined this passage more closely I immediately started to have some questions.
Let’s start with Raziel. From what I gather from Wikipedia (and I know using this site as a research source is problematic, so if it’s wrong let me know) that Raziel was an archangel in the Jewish Mysticism. He was the Keeper of The Secrets (actually his name means Secrets of God) and was the Angel Mysteries. So this fits pretty nicely with the overall theme of the book.
I’m not even going to dispute Clare’s take on Nephlim, because I firmly support twisting mythology to fit your story as long as you do it with respect to the culture you are cribbing from. However, when you are talking about Nephlim in the context that they are derived, as humans drinking an Archangel’s blood and transforming into super-powered Nephlim, or Shadowhunters; you have to bring God into the equation.
So now I want to know personally what did God think about this? Personally, I wouldn’t think that Raziel giving out his blood, willy nilly would be approved of from the big guy upstairs. I mean Hodge never explicitly mentions that Raziel was sent by God to help humanity. I would also ask why isn’t the angels themselves fighting against the demons. Fighting demons are usually one of the angel’s main duties.
Anyway, I really don’t have anything concrete to prove my opinion that Raziel created Shadowhunters without God’s consent. The thing is any information about Nephlim in the Bible is really murky. The mention of Nephlim in the context of them being the sons of angels is only talked about in the book of Enoch, which most religions in the Judeo-Christian spectrum don’t even take as biblical canon. The common belief is that Neplim are the result of Angel’s having sexual relations with human women. However, there are some biblical scholars who believe that Nephlim were in fact the children of Cain, or that they were actually a species of Giants.
Also, before I go I want to talk briefly about the Mortal Cup, and the stupidity of Hodge’s assumption that Valentine destroyed the cup. It’s would be logical assume that if Valentine is indeed alive, that they there might be some possibility that The Mortal Cup hasn’t been destroyed as well. Yet, no one doesn’t even brings that up at all. However, Hodge still stupidly believes contrary to all that happened to Clary and what the demons have said, that there is zero possibility that Valentine didn’t fake his death and that Mortal Cup was not destroyed.