ENOCH Essay

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ENOCH

We first learn of Enoch in Genesis 5 but it leaves us with questions. Hebrews 11 has the
answers and Jude quotes Enoch! How did Jude come to know the words of Enoch? They are not
in the Bible. The answer of course, is The Book of Enoch. A book which is actually quoted
not only by Jude, but also James the natural brother of Jesus.


The quote in (Jude 14-15) & (1 Enoch 1:9) is as follows: "In the seventh (generation) from
Adam Enoch also prophesied these things, saying: 'Behold, the Lord came with his holy
myriads, to execute judgment on all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly
deeds which they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which
ungodly sinners spoke against him'."


What is the Book of Enoch and where did it come from?
Enoch was the grandfather of Noah. The Book of Enoch chapter 68:1 "And after that my
grandfather Enoch gave me all the secrets in the book and in the parables which had been
given to him, and he put them together for me in the words of the book of the parables."
This makes it possible for the Book to have survived the flood as its not too hard to
accept that Noah would have taken his Great Grandfathers writings with him onto the ark.


The Book of Enoch was extant centuries before the birth of Christ and yet is considered by
many to be more Christian in its theology than Jewish. It was considered scripture by many
early Christians. The earliest literature of the so-called "Church Fathers" is filled with
references to this mysterious book. The early second century "Epistle of Barnabus" makes
much use of the Book of Enoch. Second and Third Century "Church Fathers" like Justin
Martyr, Irenaeus, Origin and Clement of Alexandria all make use of the Book of Enoch.
Tertullian (160-230 C.E) even called the Book of Enoch "Holy Scripture". The Ethiopic
Church even added the Book of Enoch to its official canon. It was widely known and read
the first three centuries after Christ. This and many other books became discredited after
the Council of Laodicea. And being under ban of the authorities, afterwards it gradually
passed out of circulation.


At about the time of the Protestant Reformation, there came to be a renewed interest in
the Book of Enoch which had long since been lost to the modern world. By the late 1400's
rumors began to spread that somewhere a copy of the long lost Book of Enoch might still
exist. During this time many books arose claiming to be the long lost book and were later
found to be forgeries.


The return of the long lost Book of Enoch to the modern western world is credited to the
famous explorer James Bruce, who in 1773 returned from six years in Abyssinia with three
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