|Commentary on the
Book of Enoch, Chapter 12:1-3.
Dream Vision of Enoch
12:1 Before these things Enoch was hidden, and no one of the children of men knew where he
was hidden, and where he abode, and what had become of him.
12:2 And his activities had to do with the Watchers, and his days were with the holy ones.
12:3 And I Enoch was blessing Yehuveh of majesty and the King of the ages, and lo! the
Watchers called me—Enoch the scribe—and said to me:
12:1-3 The Book of Jubilees 4:22 states that Enoch “was with the angels of Elohim six years of this jubilee, and they showed him all things on earth and in heaven, the rule of the sun, and he wrote down all things.” Verse 24 describes his removal or translation from earth, so this was merely a time of seclusion. [It should be noted that while The Book of Jubilees is fascinating reading, it is of dubious credibility and therefore should be read with aware caution.]
The Book of Jasher provides considerable more insight, stating, “And the soul of Enoch was wrapped up in the instruction of Yehuveh, in knowledge and in understanding; and he wisely retired from the sons of men, and secreted himself from them for many days. And it was at the end of many years, whilst he was serving Yehuveh, and praying before Him in his house, that an angel of Yehuveh called to him from Heaven, and . . . said, Rise, go forth from thy house and from the place where thou dost hide thyself, and appear to the sons of men, in order that thou mayst teach them the way in which they should go and the work which they must accomplish to enter into the ways of Elohim. And Enoch rose up according to the word of Yehuveh, and went forth from his house, from his place and from the chamber in which he was concealed; and he went to the sons of men and taught them the ways of Yehuveh. . . .” The Book of Jasher 3:2-5.
Later in Jasher 12:17-20 we are told, “And it was in the year of Adam’s death which was the two hundred and forty-third year of the reign of Enoch, in that time Enoch resolved to separate himself from the sons of men and to secret himself as at first in order to serve Yehuveh. And Enoch did so, but did not entirely secret himself from them, but kept away from the sons of men three days and then went to them for one day. . . . And he did in this manner for many years, and he afterward concealed himself for six days, and appeared to his people one day in seven; and after that once in a month, and then once in a year. . . .”
Originally Written: 11 July 2006
Latest Update: 29 November 2011
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