The Book of Enoch $7.00
Richard Laurence Translation
FROM THE INTRODUCTION
The Book of Enoch is now usually designated I
Enoch, to distinguish it from the later Apocalypse, "The Secrets of Enoch" which
is known as II Enoch. The former is called the Ethiopic Enoch, the latter the
Slavonic Enoch, after the languages of the earliest versions extant of each
respectively. The Book of Enoch, like the Book of Daniel, was written originally
in Aramaic and partly in Hebrew. No copy of the original language of either is
known to be in existence. Latin and Greek versions have only, in part, been
discovered but the Ethiopic Version has been preserved in twenty-nine
The manuscript upon which this translation was
made was found in Ethiopia, in 1768, by the Scotsman, James Bruce. . . .
According to Canon R. H. Charles, the various elements of which the Book of
Enoch in its present form is made up belong to different dates. Thus one can
expect a diversity of authorship, and of this there can be no shadow of doubt.
However, while there is not unity of authorship there is, none the less,
uniformity. Several scholars suggest we should speak of the collection as the
"Books" of Enoch, not the "Book" of Enoch.
Some of the authors of the Book of Enoch (and
there were many) belonged to the true succession of the prophets, and it was
simply owing to the evil character of the period, in which their lot was cast,
that they were obliged to issue their works pseudonymously. The Law which
claimed to be the highest and final word from God could tolerate no fresh
message from God, so when men were moved by the Spirit of God, to make known
their visions relating to the past. Not only does the Book of Enoch come from many
writers and almost as many periods, it touches upon every subject that could
have arisen in the ancient schools of the prophets. Nearly every religious idea
appears in a variety of forms, and during the two centuries before the Christian
era, played an important role in the development in the Hebrew theology.
Conflicting views are advanced on the Messiah, the Messianic kingdom, the origin
of sin, Sheol, the final judgment, the resurrection, and the nature of the
future life. There is an elaborate angelology, and demonology, and much space is
devoted to the calendar and the heavenly bodies and their movements.
Paperback, 96 pages
Samples from Index at front of book:
Airplanes prophesied--51:7, 103:13.
Angels (Archangels, Guardians--20th Ch.;
Apocalypse of Ten Weeks--92:1-24.
Astronomical secrets--71st to 78th Ch.
Hail, snow, thunder and lightning
Ink and paper used in the days of
Truth altered in the latter days--104:7-9.
The Tanakh (Old Testament)