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This apocryphal work from the second century B.C. introduced such concepts as fallen angels, resurrection, and last judgment. It exercised a powerful influence on early Christians, particularly the Gnostics. A must for those interested in apocalyptic literature and the origins of Christianity, this edition offers the definitive translation.
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Studio: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.73" Width: 5.19" Height: 0.91" Weight: 1.08 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2002
Publisher Wipf & Stock Publishers
ISBN 1579109470 ISBN13 9781579109479
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More About Robert Henry Charles
Charles, Fellow of Merton College, Fellow of the Britain Academy.
Robert Henry Charles was born in 1855 and died in 1931.
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Book of Enoch and OT vs. NT Jul 2, 2008
One of the things that bothers me the most about Christians and Jews is their mutual distrust and dislike of each other, when quite simply, they share the same God as evidenced by this book, many other apocryphal writings and the old testament. Both sides conveniently choose to ignore sets of these, when they conflict with their established doctrinal beliefs.
It is commonly alleged that these and other apocryphal texts, including texts contained in the more recently discovered Nag Hammadi library are perfect examples of how the ruling elite Roman class, in an effort to adopt a standardization of the biblical texts sought to exclude this and other works on the basis that it caused too much confusion between the two groups, Jews and Christians. Clearly an "old hebrew text" (est. 200 years by that time) explaining further the coming messiah, would not sit well with many groups of believers and rulers, just by virtue of the fact that it can be confused by both. Jews rejected it after ascension because they refused to acknowledge the messiah, Christ. Christians perhaps rejected it because it disagreed with many of the standardized doctrines of the gospels, and obviously made more mention of the damnation of the wealthy than I am sure many wealthy converted Roman Christians were comfortable with. In addition to the fact that it was a more valuable Judaic text of the old testament period, which would in short grant Christians more access to such theology, but also condemn them to it as well.
I think it's funny how many elements in 1 Enoch mirror elements later used in the Book of Revelation. For a book that has unclear origins in authorship, it really makes me interested in whether it was intended to replace the predictions and terminology of 1 Enoch, as something more easily in line with doctrine of the time.
Lastly, just because a book has been outright rejected by the authorities or even the majority, does not render it's content worthless, especially in light of how sectarian and highly political such "authorities" and majorities were at the time. If George Bush threw out the constitution I highly doubt that many people would exclaim "It must have been worthless garbage then! Let's forget about it completely."
Wonderful, but a little embarassing... May 9, 2008
The book of Enoch obviously had a dramatic influence on the development of the New Testament. It is quoted directly as a "prophecy" by Jude, one of the brothers of Jesus of Nazareth. It explains references in the Epistle of Peter about angels chained in darkness, it has numerous word for word parallels with sayings of Jesus. There can be no doubt it was believed upon by the first Messianic Jews, otherwise known as "primitive Christians". It inspired them to reject racism, accept gentiles into the congregation and High Holy days, and to replace the condemnation of death penalty under the Torah with social ostracism and forgiveness for those willing to live by the rules. All of this was made possible by the pre-existant Messiah from Daniel 7 greatly elaborated in the Book of Enoch, along with the Lake of Fire for unbelievers, and details on the duties of specific angels. The Book of Enoch also explains the origins of human warfare, makeup and the fashion industry, astrology, abortion and murder for personal gain. It is obviously a vital *prerequisite* to understanding the confessions of the New Testament. The EMBARASSING part -- weather is explained by angels dropping hail from holes in the dome above the sky, and the Sun is said pass from a hole in the wall East of the world and land in a fire put on the West side until the next day. In fact, it says that stars are angels and graphically depicts one being tortured for failing to fly his circle in the night sky correctly. There are cases that only the first 16 chapters are authentic, which contains the direct quote from Jude, the Lord's brother. But still... other essential themes from the New Testament unfortunately inherit the blatant scientific ignorance, there is no avoiding it. That said, the Bible also contains incredibly naive explanations for weather and geography that are simply relegated to descriptive literature even though clearly they were taken seriously when written (such as stars falling from the night sky and landing on the earth, angels opening doors in the sky to let wind come out, etc). Personally, I trust God and believe in his Son, so I don't let the fact that beautiful families he loved thousands of years were born when they were ago stop me from worship. After all, if they saw us neglecting our devotion to God, and our own families, they might laugh at how weak, primitive and ignorant we were compared to the families of their time.
Review Feb 24, 2008
As a religion and philosophy major I studied the Bible and other texts but we never covered the non canonical books such as those in the Apocrypha. This book focuses on Enoch, one of the books not in the Catholic canon and also not in the other reformist churches. it is an interesting read and highly recommended.
Better than fast service Feb 13, 2008
Book came before I was told it would. Ounstanding condition!!! Five stars all the way across the board.
informational Oct 19, 2007
Book is not an easy read but worth all the time you put into it's study