|Introduction to the Commentary on the
Second Vision of Enoch
Enoch 85:1 - 90:42.
“And Enoch lifted up his voice
and spake to his son Methuselah:
‘To thee, my son, will I speak: hear my words—
incline thine ear to the dream-vision of thy father.’”
|ince 393 and 397 A.D when The Book of Enoch was excluded from the canonization of Scriptures,1 it has remained virtually unknown to future generations. Indeed from “the fourth century of our era onward it fell into discredit; and under the ban of such authorities as Hilary, Jerome, and Augustine,|
|it generally passed out of circulation, and became lost to the knowledge of Western Christendom till over a century ago, when an Ethiopic version of the work was found in Abyssinia by Bruce, who brought home three manuscripts of it, from one of which Laurence made the first modern translation of Enoch.”2 It was apparently one of the resources treasured by the ancient Israelite peoples. “Nearly all the writers of the New Testament were familiar with it, and were more or less influenced by it in thought and diction. It is quoted as a genuine production of Enoch by St. Jude, and as Scripture by St. Barnabas. The authors of The Book of Jubilees, The Apocalypse of Baruch, and 4 Ezra, laid it under contribution. With the earlier Fathers and Apologists it had all the weight of a canonical book.”3 “The citations of Enoch by The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs and by The Book of Jubilees show that at the close of the second century B.C., and during the first century B.C., this book was regarded in certain circles as inspired.”4
1Baigent, Leigh, Lincoln, Holy Blood, Holy Grail, p. 318.
2R. H. Charles, The Book of Enoch or Enoch I, 1912; Artisan Publishers, 1998 Edition, Introduction, pages IX-X, XIII-XIV.
3Ibid., footnote, Introduction, p. IX.
4Ibid., Introduction, pp. XIII-XIV.
Originally Written: 15 September 2006
Latest Update: 9 February 2007
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