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Book of Enoch or 1 Enoch, The

Book of Enoch or 1 Enoch, The

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Facsimile of the landmark 1912 edition by R.H. Charles, the most controversial apocalyptic scripture ever circulated, banned by both Jewish and Christian religions.

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From the time of the Council of Jamnia (c. 90 C.E.), the Book of Enoch has not been part of the Jewish Scriptures. The early Christian father Tertullian wrote c. 200 that the Book of Enoch had been rejected by the Jews because it contained prophecies pertaining to Christ.

The Greek language text was known to, and quoted by nearly all, Church Fathers. A number of the Church Fathers thought it to be an inspired work, particularly Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Origen, Clement of Alexandria and Tertullian, based on its quotation in Jude.

However, some 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 fourth century it was mostly excluded from Christian lists of the Biblical canon, and it was eventually entirely omitted from the canon by most of the Christian church (except the Ethiopian Orthodox Church).

The text of the Book of Enoch was considered lost until the famous Scottish traveler James Bruce returned to Europe in 1773 from six years in Abyssinia with three copies of a Ge'ez version. One is preserved in the Bodleian Library, another was presented to the Royal Library of France (the nucleus of the Bibliothèque Nationale), whilst the third was kept by Bruce.

The book was arranged by its last editor in five sections, as in the Psalms and other Jewish Books.
  • Section I (1-36) is mainly concerned with pronouncing God's judgment by Enoch on the angels, or watchers who fell through their love for the daughters of men (Gen. 6:1-4), and Enoch's intercession for them. A weird description of Hades is found in this portion of 1 Enoch. 
  • Section II (37-71) has three "parables," or apocalyptic revelations, together with the story of Enoch's translation into heaven. 
  • Section III (72-87) is primarily concerned with furnishing a treatise on astronomy, the secrets of the movement of the stars as revealed to Enoch, who sees with his own eyes their very course, even the portals through which they enter and issue forth, for the purpose of transmitting the information to future generations. 
  • Section IV runs along lines laid down in the first two portions dealing with the problem of sin and suffering of Israel. Enoch relates to Methuselah his visions of the deluge, the fall of the angels, and their punishment in the underworld, the deliverance of Noah, the Exodus, the giving of the Law, the conquest of Canaan, the time of the judges, the establishment of the united kingdom, the building of the temple, the story of the two kingdoms, the fall of the Northern Kingdom, and the Exile. This is followed by four periods of angelic rule up to the time of the Maccabean Revolt, the last assault of the Gentiles, and the great Judgment. The last part of Section IV contains the prediction of the foundation of the new Jerusalem, the conversion of the Gentiles, the resurrection of the righteous, and the coming of the Messiah. 
  • Section V is without any account of the origin of sin but seems to be mainly devoted to the problem of suffering of the righteous and the prosperity of the oppressing sinners. It denounces evil and utters woes on sinners and promises blessings to the righteous. Within Section V is an older work "The Apocalypse of Weeks" (93:1-10; 91:12-19). It concludes (105): "In those days the Lord bade to summon and testify to the children of the earth concerning their wisdom: show (it) unto them; for ye are their guides, and a recompense over the world. For I and My Son will be united with them forever in the paths of uprightness and in their lives; and ye shall have peace; rejoice, ye children of uprightness. Amen."

Reviews
"The most important book left out of the Bible. A direct translation from the Ethiopic language (beware of inferior versions). All the important notes are included here, along with a list of every known translation and how they contributed to our knowledge. This is by far the most thorough edition which every serious researcher and student should have. It first appeared in 1912. Five years later, in 1917, the slimmer version replaced this book, making it almost impossible to find until now."       ~The Book Tree

"The influence of I Enoch on the New Testament has been greater than that of all the other apocryphal and pseudepigraphical books put together."      ~R.H. Charles

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The prolific 3rd century father of Latin Christianity and predecessor of Augustine, Tertullian, informs us that the antediluvian Scripture of Enoch had been deliberately deleted from the Jewish Old Testament canon...

"I am aware that the Scripture of Enoch, which has assigned this order (of action) to angels, is not received by some, because it is not admitted into the Jewish canon either. I suppose they did not think that, having been published before the deluge, it could have safely survived that world-wide calamity, the abolisher of all things...

But since Enoch in the same Scripture has preached likewise concerning the Lord, nothing at all must be rejected by us which pertains to us; and we read that 'every Scripture suitable for edification is divinely inspired.' By the Jews it may now seem to have been rejected for that (very) reason, just like all the other (portions) nearly which tell of Christ."     ~Chapter III.—Concerning the Genuineness of The Prophecy of Enoch, Tertullian

Since the historical Messiah had appropriated Enoch's unusual epithet, ben-Adam, the Jews were forced to sacrifice their most precious and ancient scriptures - which gave them their solar calendar - to oblivion. The overwhelmingly prophetic prescience of the holy Scripture had to be suppressed...

"At that place, I saw the One to whom belongs the time before time. And his head was white like wool, and there was with him another individual, whose face was like that of a human being. His countenance was full of grace like that of one among the holy angels.

And I asked the one - from among the angels - who was going with me, and who had revealed to me all the secrets regarding the One who was born of human beings, ‘Who is this, and from whence is he who is going as the PROTOTYPE OF THE BEFORE-TIME?’

And he answered me and said to me, ‘This is the Son of Man, to whom belongs righteousness, and with whom righteousness dwells. And he will open all the hidden storerooms; for the Lord of the Spirits has chosen him, and he is destined to be victorious before the Lord of the Spirits in eternal uprightness. This Son of Man whom you have seen is the One who would remove the kings and the mighty ones from their comfortable seats and the strong ones from their thrones. He shall loosen the reins of the strong and crush the teeth of the sinners. He shall depose the kings from their thrones and kingdoms'."       ~I Enoch 46:1-5

“At that hour, that Son of Man was given a name, in the presence of the Lord of the Spirits, the Before-Time; even before the creation of the sun and the moon, before the creation of the stars, he was given a name in the presence of the Lord of the Spirits. He will become a staff for the righteous ones in order that they may lean on him and not fall.

He is the light of the Gentiles and he will become the hope of those who are sick in their hearts. All who dwell upon the earth shall fall and worship before him; they shall glorify, bless, and sing the name of the Lord of the Spirits. For this purpose he became the CHOSEN ONE; he was concealed in the presence of the Lord of the Spirits prior to the creation of the world, and for eternity.

And he has revealed the wisdom of the Lord of the Spirits to the righteous and the holy ones, for he has preserved the portion of the righteous because they hated and despised this world of oppression (together with) all its ways of life and its habits in the name of the Lord of the Spirits; and because they will be SAVED IN HIS NAME and it is his good pleasure that they have life."        ~I Enoch 48:2-7

Editor Charles, R.H.
Author Enoch the Scribe
Translator Charles, R.H.
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 448 pp.
Publisher The Book Tree 2000
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