|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
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.’
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.
Originally Written: 11 July 2006
Latest Update: 1 December 2011
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