Commentary on the
Book of Enoch, Chapter 32:1-6.


32:1  And after these fragrant odours, as I looked towards the north over the mountains I
          saw seven mountains full of choice nard and fragrant trees and cinnamon and pepper.
32:2  And thence I went over the summits of all these mountains, far towards the east of the
          earth, and passed above the Erythraean sea, and went far from it, and passed over the
          angel Zotîêl.
32:3  And I came to the Garden of Righteousness, and saw beyond those trees many large
          trees growing there and of goodly fragrance, large, very beautiful and glorious, and the
          tree of wisdom whereof they eat and know great wisdom.
32:4  That tree is in height like the fir, and its leaves are like those of the Carob tree: and its
          fruit is like the clusters of the vine, very beautiful: and the fragrance of the tree penetrates
32:5  Then I said: ‘How beautiful is the tree, and how attractive is its look!’
32:6  Then
Raphael, the holy angel who was with me, answered me and said: ‘This is the tree
          of wisdom, of which thy father old in years and thy aged mother, who were before thee, have
          eaten, and they learnt wisdom and their eyes were opened, and they knew that they were
          naked and they were driven out of the garden.’

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32:2 According to R. H. Charles, the Erythraean sea is “the Persian and the Indian Oceans,” which I assume is, the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean.

Gael Bataman
Originally Written:        11 July 2006
Latest Update:               1 December 2011

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