|Commentary on Enoch’s Second Vision
from the Book of Enoch, Chapter 89:1-5.
The Deluge and the Deliverance of Noah
89:1 And one of those four went to that white bull and instructed him in a secret, without his
being terrified: he was born a bull and became a man, and built for himself a great vessel
and dwelt thereon; and three bulls dwelt with him in that vessel and they were covered in.
89:2 And again I raised mine eyes towards heaven and saw a lofty roof, with seven water
torrents thereon, and those torrents flowed with much water into an enclosure.
89:3 And I saw again, and behold fountains were opened on the surface of that great enclosure,
and that water began to swell and rise upon the surface, and I saw that enclosure till all its
surface was covered with water.
89:4 And the water, the darkness, and mist increased upon it; and as I looked at the height of
that water, that water had risen above the height of that enclosure, and was streaming
over that enclosure, and it stood upon the earth.
89:5 And all the cattle of that enclosure were gathered together until I saw how they sank and
were swallowed up and perished in that water.
89:1 What it means that Noah was born a bull and became a man is not clear, “but Noah found grace in the eyes of Yehuveh.” “And Elohim said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: the length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. . . .” Instruction given to Noah was very specific. Genesis 6:8; 6:13-15.
89:4-5 What is meant by this “enclosure”? Most likely it is the earth beneath the “firmament,” whatever that was. However, other authors have presented several other possibilities. R. H. Charles states: “as men are symbolized by animals, their place of habitation is naturally called a pen, fold, or enclosure.” Other authors assert that the flood was localized to a single large valley in India or Tibet. While the translation “enclosure” might harmonize with such a view, what event less than a global flood can account for the vast coal and oil fields and stratified rock layers found around the world?
Originally Written: 15 September 2006
Latest Update: 10 December 2011
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