Book of Enoch
THE BOOK OF ENOCH
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The Book of Enoch, traditionally ascribed to Enoch, the great-grandfather of Noah, is probably the most notable apocalyptic work outside the canonical Scriptures even though a short section of 1 Enoch (1 En 1:9) is quoted in the New Testament (Letter of Jude 1:14-15). It may also be significant that the attribution "Enoch the Seventh from Adam" is apparently itself a section heading taken from 1 Enoch (1 En 60:8, Jude 1:14a) and not from Genesis.
The Apocalyptic Literature, as distinct from the Apocalyptic Movement, began to come into existence about the period 200-150 B.C. and the earliest portions of the Book of Enoch belongs to this period. The Book of Enoch is considered as Scripture in the Epistle of Barnabas (16:4) and by many of the early Church Fathers, who wrote that the Book of Enoch had been rejected by the Jews because it contained prophecies pertaining to Christ. However, later Fathers denied the canonicity of the book, and some even considered the letter of Jude uncanonical because it refers to an "apocryphal" work. By the 4th century, it was mostly excluded from Christian lists of the Biblical canon, and it was omitted from the canon by most of the Christian church (the Ethiopian Orthodox Church being an exception).
Works of an Apocalyptic character, continued to be written for about three centuries; the Second (Fourth) Book of Esdras, one of the most remarkable Apocalypses, belongs to the end of the first Christian century, approximately. There are Apocalypses of later date; but the real period of the Apocalyptic Literature is from about 200 B.C. to about A.D. 100; its beginnings date, therefore, from a time prior to that great landmark in Jewish history, the Maccabæan Era.
Excerpt from THE BOOK OF ENOCH
CHAPTER VI - THE FALL OF THE ANGELS
1. And it came to pass when the children of men had multiplied that in those days were born unto them beautiful and comely daughters.
2. And the angels, the children of the heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said to one another: 'Come, let us choose us wives from among the children of men and beget us children.'
3. And Semjâzâ, who was their leader, said unto them: 'I fear ye will not indeed agree to do this deed, and I alone shall have to pay the penalty of a great sin.'
4. And they all answered him and said: 'Let us all swear an oath, and all bind ourselves by mutual imprecations not to abandon this plan but to do this thing.'
5. Then sware they all together and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it.
6. And they were in all two hundred; who descended in the days of Jared on the summit of Mount Hermon, and they called it Mount Hermon, because they had sworn and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it.
7. And these are the names of their leaders: Sêmîazâz, their leader, Arâkîba, Râmêêl, Kôkabîêl, Tâmîêl, Râmîêl, Dânêl, Êzêqêêl, Barâqîjâl, Asâêl, Armârôs, Batârêl, Anânêl, Zaqîêl, Samsâpêêl, Satarêl, Tûrêl, Jômjâêl, Sariêl.
8. These are their chiefs of tens.
Table of Contents for THE BOOK OF ENOCH
|THE BOOK OF ENOCH|
|I-V. PARABLE OF ENOCH ON THE FUTURE LOT OF THE WICKED AND THE RIGHTEOUs|
|VI-XI. THE FALL OF THE ANGELS: THE DEMORALISATION OF MANKIND: THE INTERCESSION OF THE ANGELS ON BEHALF OF MANKIND. THE DOOMS PRONOUNCED BY GOD ON THE ANGELS: THE MESSIANIC KINGDOM|
|XII-XVI. DREAM VISION OF ENOCH: HIS INTERCESSION FOR AZÂZÊL AND THE FALLEN ANGELS: AND HIS ANNOUNCEMENT TO THEM OF THEIR FIRST AND FINAL DOOM|
|XVII-XXXVI. ENOCH'S JOURNEYS THROUGH THE EARTH AND SHEOL|
|XXXVII-LXXI THE THREE PARABLES|
|THE BOOK OF NOAH A Fragment|
|THE BOOK OF THE COURSES OF THE HEAVENLY LUMINARIES (LXXII - LXXXII.)|
|THE DREAM-VISIONS (LXXXIII-XC)|
|THE CONCLUDING SECTION OF THE BOOK. (XCI-CV.)|
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