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Introduction, Page 2
The Book of Enoch, Chapters 85-90
R. H. Charles presents an extensive and well-written discussion of the history, rediscovery, translation, and circulation of The Book of Enoch in the 110-page Introduction to his translation and commentary. This volume is well worth obtaining and studying,5 but bear in mind that Mr. Charles views this book as not being authentically of Enoch’s authorship, a rather typical perspective of authors writing under the German Higher Criticism perspective of the turn of the last century. While much of the linguistic, geographical, historical, and socio-political information in his commentary is valuable, his comments should be reconsidered prayerfully. The historical validity of this vision alone should convince us that most of Mr. Charles’ doubts lack basis.
The Book of Jubilees gives this brief explanation of The Book of Enoch: “And in the eleventh jubilee Jared took to himself a wife, and her name was Baraka, a daughter of Rasujel, a daughter of the sister of his father, in the fourth week of this jubilee, and she bore him a son in the fifth week, in the fourth year of this jubilee, and he called his name Enoch. He was the first one from among the children of men that was born on the earth to learn writing and knowledge and wisdom. And he wrote the signs of heaven according to the order of their months in a book, that the sons of men might know the time of the year according to their separate months. He was the first to write a testimony, and he testified to the children of men concerning the generations of the earth, and explained the weeks of the jubilees, and made known to them the days of the years, and arranged the months and explained the Sabbaths of the years as we made them known to him. And what was and what will be he saw in a vision of the night in a dream, and as it will happen to the children of men in their generations until the day of judgment; he saw and learned everything and wrote it as a testimony and laid the testimony on the earth over all the children of men and for their generations.”6 [Another source, The Legends of the Jews, mentions Yehuveh providing angel-protection “for thy writings and for the writings of thy fathers, Adam, Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalalel, and Jared thy father.”7 Did all these men leave writings? If so, did they learn to write from Enoch after he learned to write from heavenly instructors? Or is the above statement that Enoch was “the first . . . on the earth to learn writing” incorrect?]
5Available from Artisan Publishers, Hoffman Printing Co., P. O. Box 1529, Muskogee, OK 74402;
6The Book of Jubilees 4:16-20. Translated by George H. Schodde. Available from Artisan Publishers.
7The Legends of the Jews, p. 5 of http://philologos.org/bpr/files/e010.htm.
Originally Written: 15 September 2006
Latest Update: 9 December 2011
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