Item description for 1 Enoch: A New Translation; Based on the Hermeneia Commentary by George W. E. Nickelsburg & James C. VanderKam...
Overview Created in conjunction with an exhaustive critical commentary, this is the only English translation of 1 Enoch that takes into consideration all of the textual data now available in the Ethiopic version, the Greek texts, and the Dead Sea Aramaic fragments. Since only the first of two Hermeneia commentary volumes is now available, this book provides an indispensable translation of the whole work.
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Studio: Fortress Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.48" Width: 5.68" Height: 0.45" Weight: 0.58 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2004
Publisher Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN 0800636945 ISBN13 9780800636944
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More About George W. E. Nickelsburg & James C. VanderKam
Nickelsburg is Professor Emeritus at the University of Iowa.
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Highly recommended book! Sep 15, 2007
As a Christian since 83' I wanted more explanation to some of the most recent phenomena that has been happening around the world. We live in a society that is constantly changing. The New Testament speaks of Angels and Demons and warns us to spiritual prepared at all times. Enoch is mentioned briefly in the book of Genesis and the book of Jude. 1 Enoch give a better understanding of the scriptures presented in the books previously mentioned. A great read. Easy to understand.
Most convenient scholarly translation Jul 17, 2007
The size of this translation makes it extremely handy for travel and quick reference. This is especially useful as it is the most up-to-date scholarly collation and translation of Enoch available in English. The only annoyance is the lack of reference available to the original languages which are translated; one is either refered to the first volume of the Hermeneia commentary, or has the wait on the forthcoming second volume. Overall, however, it is extremely useful for anyone working in Second Temple Judaism or Early Christianity.
1 Enoch -- the authoritative translation Jan 4, 2007
There are several recent translations of 1 Enoch (or Ethiopic Enoch) in English, including those of Knibb (1978), Isaac (1983), Black (1985) and Olson (2004) [not to mention recent reprints of outdated nineteenth century translations by Dillmann, Laurence and Schodde, or that of Charles (1912, 2003)] but the present new translation by Nickelsburg and VanderKam is bound to be the authoritative one for decades to come. First, because they are the two major American specialists of 1 Enoch, both also involved in the Hermeneia commentary on 1 Enoch. Second, because their excellent translation with extensive footnotes is based upon textcritical analysis of the Ethiopic, as well as the Aramaic and Greek texts. Thirdly, because this edition is attractive, cheap and convenient. Whereas scholars may want to buy several translations, this is the best buy for students and all others interested in Early Judaism and New Testament backgrounds.
A worthy study in the ancient writings.... Apr 19, 2006
Before I give the high's of this book, let me express what the book of Enoch 1 isn't. First off, the book is not some great secret that the early church fathers wanted to hide away...as you might hear from the Dan Brown and Elaine Pagels crowd. The reason this book was not added to the early canonization of the full Bible (i.e. OT and NT) is the same reason why it wasn't included in the early Greek traditions and translations of the OT (somewhere around the time, maybe a bit after the book of `Ezra-Nechemyah)...the book of Enoch does not hold up to the sacred truths of what Biblical Holy Scripture is, that is, it doesn't hold up against the measure that the Scripture should have an in-depth and cohesive revelation of who God is...in other words, in simplistic terms, unlike books like B'resheet,Yesha'yahu, Mattityahu, Mark, Luke, and Yochanan, along with the Sha'ul's letters et cetera, the book of Enoch cannot be trusted as a primary source of revelation toward the truth that is God through Yeshua (considering that the OT aims toward the Messiah as seen in the Torah and the Histories and the Prophets and the NT reveals the Messiah as seen in the four Gospels, letters, and the Revelation et cetera).
Secondly, the book seems a bit more influential to the (what I will honestly call) Satanically inspired Gnostic beliefs...though I would not and will not put this book on the same low level as the supposed Gospel of T'oma, the Gospel of Miryam of Magdala, et cetera...why do I say Gnosticism is Satanically inspired? Well if you read your Bible and you trust your Bible as a Source of God's words to mankind, God's distinct message to mankind, then you would read about how even so early church fathers as Paul and John talk about how lies were already being built up along the expanding church. These lies would be later known as Gnosticism, that is, occult studies and beliefs placed with Christian names (such as Jesus' name and the before mentioned Miryam of Magdala name). Gnostic Gospels are not part of the Bible because they, as with Enoch, though the book Enoch is not on the same depth of depravity as most Gnostic "writings," holds no water in comparison to the revealed truth about God that is found in what we call the Bible today. The books are in the Bible today because though written across thousands of years, and across levels of society (from priests to tax collectors), they hold a unifying truth and cohesive strength toward showing the truth about who God is.
So why am I giving the Book of Enoch five stars. Well the Book of Enoch is an important addition to any theological student such as myself, whether you are going through seminary as I am right now, or already are apart of the Church. The reason is because it holds an important link to the past as being one of the fragments that have been found in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Though the book of Enoch was not considered Biblical truth (which is ironic because the Pharisees had the sacred truth that showed Yeshua being who Yeshua is, and because of dark egotism, the Pharisees did not realize the truth), the book was found to be important in an "end times" sort of way for such groups as those living in the Qumran. The Book of Enoch shows a distinct power toward what has been considered the fall of the angels, the considered tales surrounding Noach, and many other considerations that aimed toward the first end of the world, that being the Flood...and toward the still future end of the world (which CAN be trusted to be found in such factual documents as the Olivet Discourse and the Book of Yeshua's Revelation). Reading the Book of Enoch, especially this translation which doesn't have the New Age occultism that so many blind people today seem to envelope themselves in. I can say that truthfully because I myself, before coming to Christ, was also involved in such occult studies such as the Golden Dawn and Wicca for many years...being said, I think I have a pretty good inkling toward Satan's lies in this day and age. Still, I digress, the Book of Enoch helps to develop apocalyptical studies in the early Middle East, that of Israel (because remember Christianity did not develop from a vacuum, the Church itself comes from a powerful and prestigious Messianic Jewish legacy starting with the Disciples of Yeshua and those later disciples like Sha'ul). Reading this particular translation of the Book of Enoch I can help you, as it has helped myself, to understand the "winds of chance" that flowed throughout the world of the OT and the NT. I find that if you take this book with a grain of salt, using a cliche, forgive me, it will give you a greater understanding of who and what went on up to and around, and even a little after, the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70...
The book itself is well spaced and well divided. The editors have worked hard to present as intellectual a study as possible, without frivolous "additions" you find in the occult/Jesus Seminar style of "theology" (I say it that way because no true student of theology would take such practices seriously)...then again, there are many a Christian who believes in Preterism, so then again...anyway. I purchased the book after looking for a well developed study on the Book of Enoch, getting it ironically enough at the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit in NC. Which I will put into this little review, saying that it is an important Biblical and Christological exhibit. Going back to the book itself, I like what is said in the introduction, the introduction helps to create a framework in looking at the Book of Enoch with intelligent consideration that is lacking in a lot of pop theology and historiography today. Throughout the text, there are many notes along the pages that show how the translation worked, how grammatical structure worked, along with possible word meaning, and that like. In other works, the editors knew what they were doing when constructing this book, Enoch 1. Again I should say, you should take the book with a grain of salt because it does not have the biblical backbone that developed the truth of Scripture we have today, BUT, the book is still relevant enough to show just what was thought of and considered from the OT through the NT period of Biblical writings.
All in all, any worthy student of OT and NT would have to give this one particular book translation the time and effort in reading. It isn't as important as the Bible, realistically, but it still has much to say about the peoples and beliefs around that ancient time period.
An invaluable work and a welcome addition to Biblical Studies Aug 14, 2005
The collaborative effort of George W. E. Nickelsburg (Professor Emeritus, University of Iowa) and James C. VanderKam (John A. O'Brien Professor of Hebrew Scriptures, University of Notre Dame, Indiana), 1 Enoch: A New Translation is an invaluable work and a welcome addition to Biblical Studies. Based on the Hermeneia commentary, 1 Enoch is divided into five sections, followed by two brief appendices: The Book of the Watchers, The Book of Parables, The Book of the Luminaries, The Dream Visions, The Epistle of Enoch, The Birth of Noah, and Another Book by Enoch. Different sections portray the evolution of stages of Enochic tradition, which are linked by a common world view that considers the present world incurably corrupt and unjust, in need of divine judgment and renewal. Claiming to transmit divine revelation, as given to Enoch in primordial times and made public in the last days to perpetuate the community of the chosen, 1 Enoch is translated with every effort to present ancient writings as clearly and intelligibly to the reader as possible. Extensive footnotes, annotations and reference allow this complex script to be comprehensible to lay readers (with effort), and 1 Enoch: A New Translation is an enthusiastically recommended primary source for religious studies and reference shelves.