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The Book of Enoch the Prophet is the oldest known existing mystical document and it reveals a vision of a new age of heaven on earth that figures in esoteric and occult practices. An introduction by R.A. Gilbert seeks to make this non-Biblical apocryphal text accessible to modern readers....

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  • The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
    2018-09-22 18:40

    At one time the book of Enoch was given in a combined text of the bible, it was placed in between the Old Testament and the New Testament. At some point it got kicked out of that honored place. It is one of several religious texts written before Christ.Before Dante' and Milton, before Matthew, Luke, and John, before Paul and Simon, before Christ, before Noah, there was Enoch. Enoch gives us one of the ealiest, purely Judeo-Christian ideas of what Heaven is like, and the God Machine that created the universe and wind and fire. Dante' and Milton tried to tell us about heaven and hell, Enoch gives a first hand account from dreams he had where the Archangel Micheal leads him through heaven. I'm not going to say much that involves interpretation of the Book of Enoch. I would say, compared to the modern printing of the Bible (New Testament),and , modernized versions of the Old Testament I can see why this book has been left out.Where the stories of the Old Testament are almost endearing and sometimes frightening and the stories in the New Testament, The Gospels, Pol's letter campaign to the civilized world (as it existed at the time) need some interpretation as to what's fable, what is metaphor and what is an accurate historical account, compared to the Book of Enoch, they come across as direct, straight foreward and clear. The book of Enoch needs interpretation and it would take years of religious and theologic study to understand what it really means and how it translates to our lives on religious terms. Even after years of work, it would still yeild a debateable conclusion at best. Enoch, talks of Angels and monsters, other dimensions where the forces of Light make the Universe work and a cataclysmic end to all unrighteous life on earth. He speaks in metphors about the rise of man from little more than anibal to civilized human beings. In the book of Enoch lay the straws that Racists grasp at and stories that make witches real. This is the book where Satan is Identified and demons and devils take mortal human wives to mate who give birth to wolves and Leviathan. But Enoch also condems those who turn to violence who would do violence to others for not being like themsleves.If you are a religious person (Christian), you should read this book. It is about God, Angels, Heaven, Damnation and things you should be thinking about. If you are a Wican, this may help explain the paranoia and fear about where your faith comes from and what you worship.If you are a Literary Scholar, you should read this book. This is what Dante' and Milton are reflecting in their works about heaven and hell and this is reflected in so many works right down to Tolkien and the 9 Damned Men who took rings from Sauron (which matches the 9 Angels who took human wives). If you read Classic Horror, or Modern Urban Fantasy, you should read this. This is where you find out why Silver kills lycanthropes and wounds vampires. This is where we hear about Leviathan and her Brother/Husband Behemoth.If you write fiction, be it horror, Modern Fantasy, Modern Apocolyptic Distopian, Science Fiction, Monster stories, or Archeological Sci-Fi meets Science...fiction stories then this is the hot bed of your greatest villains and doomsday scenarios.If your an athiest who reads non-fiction only...meh... you can let this one go it won't make a big difference in your life. Here's a link to the History Channel's Documentary "Banned from the Bible." Here they discuss the Book of Enoch, as well as the Gospels according to Thomas and other religious writing in the Judeo-Christian world that did not make the cut to get into the bible. http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=W...

  • Foad
    2018-10-23 13:47

    سوداپیگرافاعهد عتیق از کتاب های متعددی تشکیل شده است که یهودیان و مسیحیان، کاتولیک ها و پروتستان ها، در معتبر بودن آن ها اختلاف دارند: گروهی یک کتاب را معتبر می دانند، در حالی که گروه دیگر آن را مشکوک یا جعلی می شمارند. و کتاب هایی نیز هست که همگی بر جعلی بودنشان اتفاق نظر دارند. به این دسته ی اخیر، «سوداپیگرفا» گفته می شود، که به زبان یونانی، معنی «مجهول العنوان» می دهد. کتاب خنوخ از این دسته کتب است، در نتیجه در عهد عتیقی که ترجمه و منتشر می شود، وجود ندارد؛ بلکه جداگانه ترجمه و منتشر شده است.خنوخخنوخ، که در سنّت اسلامی ادریس نامیده می شود، از نوادگان آدم و جدّ اعلای نوح بود. باور این است که او به آسمان عروج کرد. این کتاب، شرح عروج او به طبقات مختلف آسمان و مشاهده ی فرشتگان و ارواح بهشتیان و دوزخیان، رسیدن به عرش الهی و گفتگو با خداوند، سپس بازگشت به زمین برای خبر دادن ماجرای عروجش به فرزندانش، و سپس عروج نهایی و بی بازگشتش به آسمان است.

  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    2018-09-24 10:31

    'The Book of Enoch' is the little pre-Christian book (best guesses of scholars place its creation around 100 BC, give or take a century) with a huge influence on many future literary and genre authors, the Bible's New Testament, and Hollywood blockbuster movies. Among those obviously and directly under the influence:Every Dead ThingThe Eye of the WorldThe Name of the WindParadise LostFallenUnearthlyand at minimum, half of these movies:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...There is a long dull section on astrology, but the influence on: The Luminariesis clear!‘The Book of Enoch’ is of a type of religious literature which is called by theological scholars, apocalyptic literature. Quoted from this edition’s Introduction:"THE APOCALYPTIC LITERATURE As the Book of Enoch is, in some respects, the most notable extant apocalyptic work outside the canonical Scriptures, it will not be inappropriate to offer a few remarks here on the Apocalyptic Literature generally. In writing about the books which belong to this literature, Prof. Burkitt says very pointedly that "they are the most characteristic survival of what I will venture to call, with all its narrowness and its incoherence, the heroic age of Jewish history, the age when the nation attempted to realize in action the part of the peculiar people of God. It ended in catastrophe, but the nation left two successors, the Christian Church and the Rabbinical Schools, each of which carried on some of the old national aims. And of the two it was the Christian Church that was most faithful to the ideas enshrined in the Apocalypses, and it did consider itself, not without some reason, the fulfilment of those ideas. What is wanted, therefore, in studying the Apocalypses is, above all, sympathy with the ideas that underlie them, and especially with the belief in the New Age."Charles, R.H. (2013-07-06). Book Of Enoch . Global Grey. Kindle Edition. Quoted from this edition’s introduction, who wrote and what ‘The Book of Enoch’ is about:“AUTHORSHIP As the various parts of the book 4 clearly belong to different dates, diversity of authorship is what one is naturally led to expect; and of this there can, indeed, be no shadow of doubt. The author of the earliest portions was a Jew who lived, as Burkitt has shown, in northern Palestine, in the land of Dan, south-west of the Hermon range, near the headwaters of the Jordan. This is important, as it tends to show that the book, or books, is really Palestinian, and one which, therefore, circulated among Jews in Palestine. "If, moreover, the author came from the north, that helps to explain the influence the book had upon the Religion that was cradled in Galilee." 5 Of the authors of the other three books of which "Enoch" is made up (viz. "The Dream-Visions," "The Book of the Heavenly Luminaries," and "The Similitudes") we know nothing save what can be gathered from their writings as to their religious standpoint.”Charles, R.H. (2013-07-06). Book Of Enoch . Global Grey. Kindle Edition. As usual with Christian bible books and other, more infamous, Christian books ultimately decided as not doctrinaire enough to be part of the official ‘canon’ (please note that the ‘official Bible canon’ depends on what year and what Bible and what translation and what community to which a Christian belongs), it is a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy...."LANGUAGE The Book of Enoch exists only in the Ethiopic Version; this was translated from the Greek Version, of which only a few portions are extant. 15 The Latin Version, which was also made from the Greek, is not extant, with the exception of i. 9, and cvi. 1-18; the fragment containing these two passages was discovered by the Rev. Al. R. James, of King's College, Cambridge, in the British Museum. The book was originally written either in Hebrew or Aramaic; Charles thinks that chapters vi.-xxxvi., lxxxiii.-xc. were Aramaic, the rest Hebrew. It is, however, very difficult to say for certain which of these two languages was really the original, because, as Burkitt says, "most of the most convincing proofs that the Greek text of Enoch is a translation from a Semitic language fit equally well with a Hebrew or an Aramaic original"; his opinion is that Aramaic was the original language, "but that a few passages do seem to suggest a Hebrew origin, yet not decisively." 16Charles, R.H. (2013-07-06). Book Of Enoch . Global Grey. Kindle Edition. "THE IMPORTANCE OF THE BOOK FOR THE STUDY OF CHRISTIAN ORIGINS This is a subject which cannot be thoroughly appreciated without studying the book in detail, especially from its doctrinal standpoint, and seeing in how many aspects it represents the doctrine and the popular conceptions of the Jews during the two last pre-Christian centuries. To do this here would involve a far too extended investigation; it must suffice to indicate a few of the many points which should be studied; from these it will be seen how important the book is for the study of Christian origins. Charles says that "the influence of 1 Enoch on the New Testament has been greater than that of all the other apocryphal and pseudepigraphical books put together"; and he gives a formidable list of passages in the New Testament which "either in phraseology or idea directly depend on, or are illustrative of, passages in 1 Enoch,"Charles, R.H. (2013-07-06). Book Of Enoch . Global Grey. Kindle Edition. Gentle reader, you are by now probably asking, “so, what the hell is this influence which has infiltrated all of Western World society and entertainment?” Check out the below quote from ‘The Book of Enoch’:"CHAPTER VI. 1. And it came to pass when the children of men had multiplied that in those days were born unto them beautiful and comely daughters. 2. And the angels, the children of the heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said to one another: 'Come, let us choose us wives from among the children of men and beget us children.'"Charles, R.H. (2013-07-06). Book Of Enoch (p. 4). Global Grey. Kindle Edition. This is the Big Idea which has fueled much of Christian and the Western World’s imagination, angst, horrors of hellfire, theories of angelic warfare and Hollywood movies - angels being thrown out of heaven for raping human women.How did the Angel rebellion come about? Quoted from ‘The Book of Enoch’ below:"3. And Semjâzâ,who was their leader, said unto them: 'I fear ye will not indeed agree to do this deed, and I alone shall have to pay the penalty of a great sin.' 4. And they all answered him and said: 'Let us all swear an oath, and all bind ourselves by mutual imprecations not to abandon this plan but to do this thing.' 5. Then sware they all together and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it. 6. And they were in all two hundred; who descended ⌈ in the days ⌉ of Jared on the summit of Mount Hermon, and they called it Mount Hermon, because they had sworn and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it. 7. And these are the names of their leaders: Sêmîazâz, their leader, Arâkîba, Râmêêl, Kôkabîêl, Tâmîêl, Râmîêl, Dânêl, Êzêqêêl, Barâqîjâl, Asâêl, Armârôs, Batârêl, Anânêl, Zaqîêl, Samsâpêêl, Satarêl, Tûrêl, Jômjâêl, Sariêl. 8. These are their chiefs of tens."Charles, R.H. (2013-07-06). Book Of Enoch (pp. 4-5). Global Grey. Kindle Edition. So, in the verses which follow verse 3. above describe how God directs his remaining angels to “bind” and capture these rogue angels. Names are named, and many, gentle reader, are known to us through the magic and literary appropriation (stealing) of many movie scripts.I have to admit the fun portions of ‘The Book of Enoch’ are only a couple of pages long. The rest of this book are the instructional cadences, poetry and format of worship with which we readers of biblical texts are very familiar. The importance of these verses, though, come from that they precede the creation of the books of the Christian Bible’s ‘New Testament.’Plus, Leviathan and Behemoth are introduced.Ever wonder how the books of the bible were put together to be ‘The Bible?’ It wasn’t under a god’s directions:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_C...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Council...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_...and so on. There was a lot of bloodshed between meetings as well - assassinations, entire villages and towns burned down because their local church was considered heretical by the neighboring Christian village or town - which was why it was necessary for millions of meetings between the various early Middle-eastern/Mediterranean Christian sects attempting to agree on what Christian beliefs would finally be.Lest you think I am leaving out the argument between Catholics which caused the Protestant schism:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protest...But of course, this wasn’t the end of it. Bibles still still are being created and written and reorganized by various Christian sects and major denominations. One such well-known rewrite:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Ja...which was good old King James trying to put an end to the squabbling by coming out with a bible which was supposed to end the constant arguing and killing and warfare. However:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...I believe I read somewhere there at least 80 new versions of the Bible created in the last 100 years (up to and including 2016), but I suspect my Wikipedia links above have been enough information to digest. BTW, i use Wikipedia mostly because of the likelihood these links will still exist in a couple of years, plus I worry about copyrights, but, gentle reader, you certainly can google or bing your own, possibly more accurate secular and scholarly links!; )

  • Bettie☯
    2018-10-02 18:31

    Want to know some origins of Christianity then it is best to acquaint with some of the books that have been discarded.2* The Watchers: http://youtu.be/otetsHSsfpASee also:Nag HammadiThe Pale AbyssinianUriel's MachineBetter is this, BBC The Lost Gospels: http://youtu.be/7_9MfFewdToSee also Oxyrhynchus Papyri Christian catacombes under RomeEbionitesREJECTED:The Gospel of Peter Epiphanius of SalamisMarcion of Sinope

  • H.A. Ormziar
    2018-10-12 18:40

    An amazing tale! It should have stayed part of the bible. Sometimes its nice to dig deep into the mind of "Evil" and see his/her reasoning.

  • Werner
    2018-10-15 13:52

    This makes the second book in a row that I've started and not finished, which is unusual for me; but I truly felt that continuing with this one to the end would be a waste of precious time. (As usual in these cases, I'm not writing an actual review, just noting why I didn't finish it.)Although this text purports to have been written by the antediluvian patriarch Enoch (and in part by his grandson Noah, builder of the Ark), it was actually written in the second or first centuries B.C. by an author or authors of the Pharisee sect in Judaism, promoting their distinctive beliefs in angels and in an afterlife/resurrection, against the opposition of the Sadducees. It presents a complex angelology with numerous names of angels and fallen angels (and explicitly interprets the ambiguous text in Genesis 6:2-4 as referring to angel-human matings), as well as various descriptions of the state of the departed dead and the final judgment. There's also a LOT of material (all of it wildly inaccurate) purporting to give the inside scoop on the heavenly bodies, weather phenomena, etc. But the style of the whole is eye-glazingly boring and tedious, reading like a poor attempt to imitate the Old Testament, written by someone totally devoid of the Old Testament writers' stylistic skills and spiritual perception. (It's easy to see why the ancient Jewish community never accepted this as canonical.) It's also sufficiently disorganized and theologically incoherent to lend credibility to a case for multiple authorship.Contrary to the Goodreads description (which probably just copies the cover blurb on one edition), I don't think reading this is "indispensable" to understanding the New Testament. It does document the fact that some inter-testamental Jews already regarded the Son of Man in Daniel 7:13-14 as a heavenly eschatological figure (which furnishes a context for Jesus' use of the term), and gives a window into the variety of Jewish thinking about the afterlife in that period. But I don't think it's necessary to do a personal reading of the book to get this, rather than getting the gist of it from secondary sources. The latter method would be a whole lot less boring and time-consuming!

  • Sincerae
    2018-09-23 14:42

    A long time back I read a non-canonical book called The Secrets of Enoch in a collection of extra-biblical books The Lost Books of the Bible and The Forgotten Books of Eden. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...It so happens that this is apparently another Book of Enoch. This particular non-canonical book has of late been rather the talk of the town in some Christian alternative news and esoterica (so-called conspiracy theory) channels on YouTube. I threw my hands up over mainstream media and television news six years ago to migrate over to searching for information in unorthodox circles online. With the more Christian set who are trying to discern what's happening in the world on a spiritual level the ancient Book of Enoch has become a trendy read. Unlike many if not most of the books contained in the aforementioned The Lost Books of the Bible which have been expunged out of church circles whether Protestant, Catholic, or Orthodox , the Book of Enoch is actually included in the Bible used by the Ethiopian and Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Churches. It is a book which deals with pre-human history when there was a rebellion in heaven and a third of the angels were cast out. (Note: I highly recommend John Milton's epic poems Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained on this topic.) Here in the Book of Enoch light is beamed on portions of the Old Testament which talks very briefly about the sons of God (the fallen angels) who unlawfully married human women. A number of question marks that are raised in the Bible are clarified here. The Book of Enoch is a kind of spiritual history, explanation of nature and the cosmos, and a prophetic book. Wikipedia's post on the Book of Enoch says that it 'is an ancient Jewish religious work, ascribed by tradition to Enoch, the great-grandfather of Noah, although modern scholars estimate the older sections (mainly in the Book of the Watchers) to date from about 300 BC, and the latest part (Book of Parables) probably to the first century BC.' https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of...I would have given the Book of Enoch five stars, however, the chapters about the changing of the seasons, movement of the earth, sun, etc. were very dry and repetitious reading. Otherwise, I recommend it for those who are interested in the non-canonical books of Christianity, Christian and mystical esoterica, Bible prophesy, theology, and those who like a good, curious obscure read. The Book of Enoch can be read free online at the following link: http://www.sacred-texts.com/bib/boe/

  • Daniel Rekshan
    2018-10-23 17:59

    I read this book because Erich von Däniken referenced it in the History Channel's Ancient Aliens series. Also, I was interested in it because of my interest in John Dee and Emanuel Swedenborg, both authors profess an interaction with beings that may loosely be termed "Enochian Angels", which simply meanings that these beings are similar to those mentioned in this book.This book melds the archetypal stories of Prometheus and the Fall of Man from Genesis. From this point of view, its very interesting book. Its even more interesting because the narrative reveals the drama of the angelic or god beings (aliens in von Daniken's eyes). It reveals their motivation and their world.Whether or not this book actually talks about ancient alien visitation, doesn't seem to matter to me. Its opened my eyes to a different aspect of myths.

  • Ruth
    2018-10-23 10:35

    The reason I wanted to read the Book of Enoch was because I've heard preachers that I admire mention it. I didn't know much about it when I started reading it, except that it gave insight into the days prior to Noah's flood. Of course, whether or not this book is inspired by God (as I believe the Bible to be) is up for debate. All the same though, I figured it was worth checking out. I do not see anything in the book of Enoch that contradicts the Bible, and in many ways, it helps explain how other cultures acquired their myths regarding "gods" who slept with women and had offspring. Then there is the issue of giants, which also pop up in myths. However, that is not the bulk of this book's contents. There were parts in it about the sun and moon and how they rise and descend into various "doors" depending on the time of year. Other parts pertained to God the Father and God the Son (aka Son of Man). The angels were mentioned and some of their names and roles were explained. Then there was the vision of where the lost and the fallen angels will spend eternity. Noah is credited for writing a portion of this book as well, and the flood is warned ahead of time and even covered in a vision Enoch has. Then Enoch gives an overall view of human history post-flood to when the Son of Man returns (His second coming) and how the wicked are punished forever while the righteous live on in joy forever. I did not realize this book contained all of this extra stuff as well, which is why I mention it here in this review. Overall, I found it useful for background knowledge. I plan to do more research in this area though before I make any definite conclusions. Do I think this is worth reading? Yes because regardless of how "accurate" it may be, I did find myself praising God in light of what I read concerning His care for His own. Also, I think it is very plausible that things happened the way Enoch said they did. However, I would not put this above or in place of the Bible. I think it's important to have read the Bible first to have the foundation in place. As for this translation, I liked it, especially when Joseph B. Lumpkin tied in Biblical verses with pertinent passages.

  • Ryan
    2018-09-30 16:51

    May be the oldest piece of literature ever written. May have even been on the Ark with Noah. Jesus taught from it on many occasions (more than from any other book). His brother, Jude, quotes it verbatim in his book. Enoch almost made it into the Bible but missed this by just a few votes at the Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325. The primary objection of those who voted against it is that Enoch explains in no uncertain terms that angels rebelled against God and had sexual intercourse with human women, creating a race of giants, in Noah's time. (This is the primary reason given by God in Genesis 6 for destroying the earth with the Flood.) Crazy stuff, and with implications for our own time and our near future...

  • Brandi Terral
    2018-10-05 16:31

    Amazing piece of apocryphal literature! It engaged me almost immediately with it's lore about the angels. I've always been enamored with angel lore so this book, along with a few other apocryphal books are so interesting to me. They make me feel like I'm getting the chunk of the story that was perhaps edited out of Genesis (the beginning of Genesis, when creation is being discussed and, oh so briefly, the fall of the angels and what happened...how they were partly the cause of the flood. It helps me better understand these creatures we call angels, why some of them may have been so enamored with humans to want to come to earth to mate with us and eventually cause their own demise and fall with Lucifer. I highly suggest the Book of Enoch to EVERYONE...not only because it's one of the oldest pieces of apocryphal literature out there, but also because it so interesting to read. However, I must remind readers out their that thinking that this is perhaps a "companion book" to the Holy Bible...it isn't included in the canon for a reason, along with many other books like it. So while it is considered a "biblical book" it is an APOCRYPHAL book all the same and contains untruths and "fairy tales" throughout its pages, therefore do not get swept up in it thinking that what it is pronouncing as facts to actually really ring true. :)

  • Avel Rudenko
    2018-10-18 10:33

    Book of Enoch is to the beginning of Earth as the Book of Revelations is to the End of times in the Holy Bible. It's wonderful content reveals more on who the "Sons of God" were. As mentioned in the Book of Genesis just before the great flood. It allowed me to realize a perspective in the verity on questions like, who these alien visitors were and why we do not have evidence of these visits. Also exposing the facts on who really built the pyramids. And gave man the knowledge responsible for his great technological advances. Are a few of us, the "Elect" ancestrally related by a consanguineous relation of the past. You'd be surprised by how much more the suppressors know, than you. Stop using your monkey brain, and ask the creator for a genius (gene+i+us) brain. We are all ONE, a collective consciousness. If you kill a human being, you are killing part of yourself. Islamic, Jewish, Christian…we all stem from the same inception. We just went "really" wrong somewhere down the line.

  • Sheila
    2018-10-01 11:34

    Yes, I enjoyed it. Some parts were very thought provoking, some were a bit "out there", but all of it was interesting for being written as long ago as 300BC. Book 1 (The Watchers) is the one that seems to get the most press or mentions for its descriptions of the angels, the Watchers, and the Nephilim, but I actually enjoyed Book 2 (Parables) the most, with the Son of Man chapters and references. Book 3 (Astronomy) was less interesting, and Book 4 (Dreams) reminded me a lot of The Book of Revelations.

  • Cem
    2018-10-01 12:41

    The Book of Enoch is a transitional piece of apocalyptica (!) written smack between the passage from Judaism to Christianity. So you have Sheol and not Hell, no Jesus but yes Son of God and so on. Some of the texts are as weird as the heaviest of the Nag Hammadi scriptures but in essence, tell of the same story of the time briefly described in Genesis, when the Nephilim came down from heaven and took human wives and worse, taught men agriculture, metal working, writing and so on. An A-level text for all "they came from outer space" nuts :)

  • Oznoxious
    2018-10-16 14:31

    Ever ask Your self:"Who was the first Astronaut,really?"The first and only mortal(recorded)to meet the "The Ones From the Heavens"and live to tell about it.One of Many books forbidden from The Bible.

  • Alisha
    2018-09-27 16:45

    very interesting.. not in the bible because it isn't recognised as scripture, not inspired by God.. but still a very interesting read..

  • John Martindale
    2018-10-17 17:54

    Parts of the Book of Enoch, according to critical scholars were written around 300BC. The book is traditionally ascribed Enoch. To me it would be fascinating if the contents of this book really were from Enoch and copied throughout the ages or carried along by oral tradition until they were written down. Fragments of Enoch were among the dead sea scrolls and it is believed much of earlier Christendom were pretty familiar with its content. There is a possibility that Enoch is Jewish Midrash, which was (If I understand right), similar to what we today, call historical fiction. Midrash, then was a Jewish way to convey spiritual truth in story form, freely filling in gaps that the Torah left out. So it is possible that when Jude quoted Enoch, it was like quoting a character from a story, much like if I was to quote Grandalf from the Lord of the Rings. The question is, how did the readers at that time in history understand Enoch? Did they see it as Midrash or as ancient historical scripture? Many of the church fathers quoted from Enoch, nevertheless for various reasons which I won't discuss here, it was rejected from the biblical canon, also the book of Jude was almost rejected because it quoted Enoch. The contents of the book of Enoch really interested me. Enoch goes into considerable detail about the angels that left their abode and coupled with the daughters of men, creating giants (titans). Much of the book is concerning the wickedness they brought to earth and the judgment that will come upon them, in the flood, but ultimately in the final judgment. Enoch has much to say about the final judgment, having a developed concept of angels, demons, the soul, heaven and hell and the Messiah, also called the Ancient of days and the Son of Man. Much of what Enoch shares on these things is expressed by New Testament authors. Many critical scholars have confidently claimed the Jews merely stole their concept of demons and the afterlife from Zoroastrianism, during their time of captivity in Persia. Though, I'm thoroughly convinced otherwise, I'll still note here that if it could be shown the book of Enoch had its origins before the captivity, then this would truly dispel their nonsense once and for all. Even if it was merely some historical fiction written in the 3rd century BC, then, wow... if Christianity is true, then surely this book was inspired in part by God, for it really embodies a New Testament understanding of the supernatural that is not clearly expressed in the Torah, and even of the Messiah being from everlasting to everlasting and ruling in glory fills its pages, which not clearly expressed in the Hebrew bible. Since the book of Jude is primarily about judgment, it understandable why he chose to quote from this text. After reading Enoch, it is easy to think much of the epistle was inspired by Enoch. I wonder if it is safe to assume that those he wrote to were familiar with Enoch, and Jude is primarily writing his letter to remind them of the fate of the wicked found in its pages.

  • RondaTutt
    2018-09-30 15:29

    Very Interesting! I read this book because of a fiction book I read called Angelology had mentioned Angels who had came from heaven and had married human women and produced off spring and that these so called angels had been cast into the center of the earth in a deep cave for their actions of teaching the humans many secrets such as sorcery, weaponary, fire, writing, and how to read the stars to map and know the weather etc...Sure enough, this book tells all about it. It not only tells about the angels but visions that Enoch had or should I say that the Angels showed him the secrets of the heavens and earth. For example, what God's throne look liked, what hell looked like, how the sun and moon came through heaven, how the seasons were developed, how time is made through the heavens, how the stars control everything, and most importantly, how the wind, the rain, the clouds, and the lightning are all spirits.Anyway, very interesting. It just makes me wonder why some of this was not put into the bible more clearly. Also makes me think about those Angels who are still somewhere in the middle of a desert burried deep and chained.

  • Jeff McCormack
    2018-10-18 10:47

    This volume of the Book of Enoch is a great one. It contains a very lengthy introduction filled with the history, discussion, disputes surrounding these writings, and references to other related works (of the time when this was written - 1912ish). Then the book content itself contains all of the text, with tons of added footnote and commentary throughout.I had previously read the same translation, but the volume I had was strictly the content (with a minor introduction). This volume is so much more and fills in many historical gaps.I personally feel all Christians should read the Book of Enoch today, and even if they refuse to believe any of it is valid, they will walk away with a much wider view of Jewish thought, as well as have a foundation that will explain various passages in the New Testament that are direct references/quotes to this work. Great writing, and a very good edition of this writing in this expounded edition. Too bad it took a confused Christian Identity organization to reprint this work.

  • Yari
    2018-10-06 13:46

    It's a bit difficult to review this book. The portions referring to the angels were really interesting but I dragged through the numbering of the days of the years and the function of the sun and the moon etc. There were parts that were beautiful and 'scripture-like' but you can find similar scripture verses written much more powerfully. This gives me reason enough to understand why the book of Enoch was disgarded. Christians should approach the book of Enoch as a piece of history and definitely not as part of THE inspired text.

  • Nicole Steenstra
    2018-10-22 16:42

    Must-read for modern day Christians and / or anyone interested in Second Temple Judaism and / or the quest for the historical Jesus, as it offers invaluable insight into one sect of Second Temple Jewish thought. Personally I believe Jesus and/ or at least the gospel writers were familiar with Enoch and drew some of their theology from it. Read Enoch, the Dead Sea scrolls, and G. Boccaccini's Beyond the Essene Hypothesis and decide for yourself.

  • Scott Whitney
    2018-09-28 14:32

    A good book which has many parallels to other religious texts which I have read. I found a translation by Knibb with commentary by McCracken. I do not like a lot of the commentary and have given that part a very low score. I do not see the tree of knowledge being cannabis, that strikes me as wishful thinking on the part of the commentator.

  • Avery Mckenzie
    2018-10-01 18:37

    very interesting book. When I started reading this I was under the impression that it would destroy my concept of religion but it did the exact opposite. I actually wanted to read the bible again and understand more of the Apocalypse. I highly recommend this work especially if you're disillusioned with religion.

  • Alex Dunn
    2018-09-23 12:35

    Not quite what I was expecting I realised after reading this was a translation. I wanted something more concise, but got what I needed for my research.

  • Bret James Stewart
    2018-10-19 11:32

    The Book of Enoch is certainly interesting. This is not a biblical book, but it is claimed to have been written by the biblical character. Many avoid the pseudepigrapha because they feel that the books are somehow inaccurate or falsified. It is true that some portions probably have been emended; however, I do think that the books should be considered as worthy as any other ancient literature. Just because a book claims a biblical author does not mean it was not written at least partially by that author. It is also important to realize that biblical authors can write things that were not included in the canon with no feel that the author was falsifying material (Paul’s famous assumed Letter to the Laodiceans comes to mind). The Book of Enoch provides a wealth of detail about the Fallen Angels and the Pre-Flood world. To me, one of the more interesting characters in the book is the Fallen Angel, Azazel, who only appears in the Bible indirectly (see Leviticus 16). This is a very interesting entity, and I very much enjoyed learning more about him. Unless you are very familiar with Hebrew and are aware of the setting and supplementary/corresponding material, I highly recommend reading a version that is glossed. Schodde has provided this in some parenthetical notes and in well-done notes at the end of each segment. He simply removes the Hebrew text (possibly due to the difficulty in providing Hebrew font in an old text), replacing it with “HT” for “Hebrew Text,” which I do not like. Other than this and the lack of an index, I approve of his approach, and I think this book would be greatly beneficial to anyone wishing to know more about the Bible, Enoch, and/or the Book of Enoch itself. This is a good no-frills copy of the book. The author introduces the material well and provides his methodology for the book. I give it 4 stars out of 5, deducting one for the removal of the Hebrew terms and lack of indices.

  • Christian Proano
    2018-09-26 16:44

    The book offers a prophetic survey and the end of the righteous and the unrighteous written from Enoch's perspective, since Jared's time up till the day after the final judgment.Supplements or offers background about the pre-diluvian narrative of Genesis 5-6, developing the angelic drama and functions that later Jesus will mention in the Gospel narratives and Paul will pick up (Christian judging angels).Describing phenomena the earth seems to remain flat for the must part, however phenomena itself is considered material and put in movement under the supervision of God's servants (angels, powers, etc), which contrasts with the cultures of the time that held that the sun, moon, etc were gods. Yet still uses the same phenomenological language (stars, etc) to describe angels and spiritual beings subjected to God with the freedom to apostatize which in doing so would make people err to consider the heavenly bodies as gods.Recapitulates and develops the idea of Daniel (and alluded in Ezekiel) of the Messiah as the Son of Man, which sits in the throne of the Head of Days, having the angelic ranks at his disposition.Because of that, the verbiage of the books provides a lot of background information not only of the OT but for a lot of NT passages across the board, but particularly Matthew and Revelation, among many specifically, "The Son of Man sending His angels to throw the unrighteous to the fire, and to gather the righteous," some allusion to the "transfiguration," "the tongues of fire," the division in Sheol between Abraham's bosom and the place of torment, and a lot of ideas that float around the book of Revelation, and a bit of Hebrews, 2 Peter 2:4 and Jude 6-7.The character of the book encourages people to exercise patience.Enjoy it!PS: For the Ethiopian Christians, the book is canonical.

  • Abigail Normal
    2018-09-29 12:45

    This isn't the edition I read, but it's the closest, it sounds like, in terms of extra material and explanations, like summaries of historical and theological context and footnotes. Anyone who's ever seen "Ancient Aliens" on TV is familiar with the general context: God is angry because some of the angels have been sleeping with human women and improving human technology, so it starts out with the fire and brimstone and the righteous smiting rage from the word go. Enoch, grandfather of Noah, as a righteous man, is brought up to heaven to study literacy, astronomy and technology with the angels for a while, and describes it as best his primitive vocabulary can. He sees the curve of the earth, the glow of the ozone layer, and the "four winds holding up the Heavens". A visit to the center of the earth, a flight "high above the Red Sea", a "crew roster" of angels, that sort of thing. "Ancient Aliens" types just love this text.Also, the thought of angels/aliens (depending who you ask) being named Micheal, Raphael, and Gabriel is just hilarious to me. I know it's technically people with angel names, not angels with people names, but still. Having Alien angels named Raphie, Gabe, and Mike is really funny.

  • Cârmâz
    2018-10-11 17:41

    Interesant exercitiu de imaginatie pentru cineva care cauta sa se autoflageleze indurand cu cerbicie suferinta venita din plictiseala, care gaseste incitante contradictiile subite si amenintarile prea vag justificate, care poate fi induiosat de saracia naiva a imaginilor si a limbajului si care doreste sa intre intr-o transa provocata de coplesitoarea abundenta a repetitiilor inutile... stare in care lucrurile incep sa faca sens pentru ca de ce nu. Aflasem ca aici as putea gasi detalii despre misteriosii fii ai cerului care au sedus fiice ale oamenilor, mentionati in textul genezei biblice. Scrie aici ca progeniturile acestora au fost parte din motivul pentru care a fost necesar potopul, deoarece, printre altele, "au dezvaluit oamenilor secretele unei false intelepciuni, i-au invatat sa scrie si le-au aratat cum sa foloseasca cerneala si hartia." Dar, desigur, acestea sunt erezii fara de seaman, asa cum stiam deja din cartea lui Serafim Rose despre geneza. Cea care spune ca in paradis toate animalele erau ierbivore iar fructele putrede emanau miros placut.(am citit textul cartii lui Enoh fara interpretare)

  • Trey Nowell
    2018-10-10 13:30

    I had read the Book Of Enoch many years ago, but forgotten a lot of the text. Really awesome introductory by R.A. Gilbert and well put together by the scholar R.H. Charles. This book I feel has more of a place amongst the biblical 66 cannonized books than many others and is an interesting read on par with the most mysterious books to me, Genesis and Revelation. The Book Of Enoch is reffered to within the Bible and definitely had a place in the minds of early Christian writers. It's description of angel, fallen angels, their hand in humanity, Enoch's journey outside of the realm of Earth, and so on are breathtaking, where I feel this book is pointing to a lot of extra-terrestrial events. It is interesting to hear about the origin of giants, where the Genesis account is right in line with this in many instances. I would suggest this book to anyone looking to read more about apocalyptic writings, non-cannonical sources, Christians, and those looking for a wild read on par with the Bible. If I had live in 367 A.D., I would have fought tooth an nail for its inclusion into the cannon of the NT, even if it does predate Christianity.

  • Stephanie Waterhouse
    2018-10-18 10:47

    Enoch is my all time favorite of the Old Testament. I have long admired him and aspired to have his testimony...he pleased God...was here and then was no more. Jude mentioned one of his prophesies, but no dedicated book is listed amongst the writings in the Holy Bible. In this sacred writing we are given greater insight into the mysteries of all things in God's creation. Enoch ministry was related to the Watchers...angelic beings assigned to earth, fallen to earth, and those who minister in the throne room of the Ancient of Days. Much of his writings, were quoted by Jesus and the writers of the New Testament. I read through this book in one setting to get an overview of the writing. Will later re-read while I meditate, study and pray about what is written. I highly recommend, especially if interested in knowing more about Enoch, the mysteries of creation, behind the scene operations of the inner workings of heaven/earth, Jesus in the Old Testament, the Ancient of Days and all things holy.