Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Book Of Enoch

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Book: The Book Of Enoch by Michal Jerabek

The Book of Enoch (also 1 Enoch) is a work ascribed to Enoch, the great-grandfather of Noah and son of Jared (Genesis 5:18). This book today is non-canonical and considered pseudepigrapha in most Christian churches, however the Ethiopian Orthodox Church to this day regards it to be canonical. A short section of 1 Enoch (1En1:9) is quoted in the New Testament (Letter of Jude 1:14-15), and there apparently attributed to "Enoch the Seventh from Adam" (1En60:8). Other sections of 1 Enoch are also quoted, both positively and negatively, by some of the early Church Fathers. It is wholly extant only in the Ge'ez language, with Aramaic fragments from the Dead Sea Scrolls and a few Greek and Latin fragments. There is no consensus among Western scholars about the original language: some propose Aramaic, others Hebrew, while the probable thesis according to E. Isaac is that 1 Enoch, as Daniel, was composed partially in Aramaic and partially in Hebrew:6. Ethiopian scholars generally hold that Ge'ez is the language of the original from which the Greek and Aramaic copies were made, pointing out that it is the only language in which the complete text has yet been found.

According to Western scholars its older sections (mainly in the Book of the Watchers) date from about 300 BC and the latest part (Book of Parables) probably was composed at the end of the 1st century BC; it is argued that all the writers of the New Testament were familiar with it and were influenced by it in thought and diction.Although the Chester Beatty-Michigan Papyrus provides a fourth-century terminus ad quem for the Greek translation of at least the Epistle of Enoch, the wide usage of the Book of Watchers by the Greek and Latin fathers of the second to fourth centuries indicates a much earlier date for at least the Book of watchers, and the writings of Tertullian suggest that he knew a large part of the corpus.

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