NEW LIGHT ON THE BOOK OF ENOCH

ENOCHS WRITINGS WERE CONSIDERED CANON OR SCRIPTURE

 

 “Christians once accepted 
the words of this Book of Enoch
as authentic scripture…”
— The Book of the Secrets of Enoch
by R.H. Charles 

“The Book of Enoch (also known as 1 Enoch) 
was once cherished by Jews and Christians alike, 
this book later fell into disfavor with powerful
theologians – precisely because of its controversial
statements on the nature and deeds of the fallen 
angels.”
— Origen 
(Commentary in Matt. 10.18; p. 13.881) 

“So all the days of Enoch were three hundred 
and sixty-five years. [24] And Enoch walked with God; 
and he was not, for God took him.”
– (Genesis 5:24)

“By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not 
see death, “and was not found, because God had 
taken him”; for before he was taken he had this 
testimony, that he pleased God.”
– Hebrews 11:5

“Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, 
prophesied about these men…”
– Jude 1:14  

We first learn of Enoch in Genesis 5 
but it leaves us with questions. 
Hebrews 11 has the answers and 
Jude quotes Enoch!

How did Jude come to know the words of Enoch? 
They are not in the Bible. The answer of course, 
is The Book of Enoch. A book which is actually 
quoted by Jude in the New Testament.

What is the Book of Enoch and where 
did it come from? 

Enoch was the great-grandfather of Noah.

“The Book of Enoch was extant centuries before 
the birth of Christ and yet is considered by many 
to be more Christian in its theology than Jewish. 
It was considered scripture by many early Christians. 
The earliest literature of the so-called “Church 
Fathers” is filled with references to this 
mysterious book.”
— The Book of the Secrets of Enoch
by R.H. Charles 

“Second and Third Century “Church Fathers” 
like Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Origin and Clement 
of Alexandria all make use of the Book of Enoch. 
Tertullian (160-230 C.E) even called the Book of
Enoch “Holy Scripture”. 
— The Book of the Secrets of Enoch
by R.H. Charles 

“This and many other books became discredited 
after the Council of Laodicea. And being under 
ban of the authorities, afterwards it gradually 
passed out of circulation.”
— The Book of the Secrets of Enoch
by R.H. Charles 

“with the discovery of cave 4 of the Dead Sea Scrolls, seven fragmentary copies of the Aramaic text were discovered.”
— The Book of the Secrets of Enoch
by R.H. Charles 

“The Book of Enoch is divided into five basic parts,
but it is the The Book of Parables (37-71) which 
gives scholars the most trouble for it is primarily
concerned with a figure called “the messiah”; 
“the righteous one”; “the chosen one” and “the son 
of man.” 
— The Book of the Secrets of Enoch
by R.H. Charles  

“The Book of Enoch Chapter 46:1-2 [1] 
‘There I beheld the Ancient of days 
whose head was like white wool, and with 
him another, whose countenance resembled 
that of a man. His countenance was full of 
grace, like that of one of the holy angels. 
Then I inquired of one of the angels, who 
went with me, and who showed me every secret 
thing, concerning this Son of man; who he was;
whence he was; and why he accompanied the 
Ancient of days. [2] He answered and said to me, 
This is the Son of man, to whom righteousness 
belongs; with whom righteousness has dwealt; 
and who will reveal all the treasures of that 
which is concealed: for the Lord of spirits 
has chosen him; and his portion has surpassed 
all before the Lord of spirits in everlasting 
uprightness.” 
— The Book of the Secrets of Enoch
by R.H. Charles

(Compare the above to Daniel 7:13,14 amd Dam 2:44) 

“The materials in I Enoch range in date from 
200 B.C.E. to 50 C.E. I Enoch contributes much 
to intertestamental views of angels, heaven, 
judgment, resurrection, and the Messiah. 
This book has left its stamp upon many of 
the NT writers, especially the author of 
Revelation.”
– Craig A. Evans, 
Noncanonical Writings 
and New Testament Interpretation, 
(1992) p. 23  

“James Bruce changed all this by procuring 
several copies of the missing work during his 
stay in Ethiopia. These were the first complete 
editions of the Book of Enoch ever to be seen 
in Europe.”
– Graham Hancock,
 The Sign and the Seal  

“The Book of Enoch remained in darkness until 1821, 
when the long years of dedicated work by a professor 
of Hebrew at the University of Oxford were finally
rewarded with the publication of the first ever 
English translation of the Book of Enoch. 
The Reverend Richard Laurence, Archbishop of Cashel, 
had labored for many hundreds of hours over the 
faded manuscript in the hands of the Bodleian Library, 
carefully substituting English words and expressions 
for the original Geez, while comparing the results
with known extracts, such as the few brief chapters
preserved in Greek by Syncellus during the ninth 
century.” 
– Andrew Collins,
 From the Ashes of Angels – 
The Forbidden Legacy of a Fallen Race
 (1996) p. 21 

“The original Aramaic version was lost until
the Dead Sea fragments were discovered.”
— The Book of the Secrets of Enoch
by R.H. Charles 

“The original language of most of this work was, 
in all likelihood, Aramaic (an early Semitic language).
Although the original version was lost in antiquity,
portions of a Greek translation were discovered 
in Egypt and quotations were known from the Church
Fathers. The discovery of the texts from Qumran 
Cave 4 has finally provided parts of the Aramaic
original. …Humankind is called on to observe 
how unchanging nature follows God’s will.”
– Milik, Jazef. T., ed. 
The Books of Enoch:
Aramaic Fragments of Qumran Cave 4  

“The Aramaic Book of Enoch…very considerably 
influenced the idiom of the New Testament and 
patristic literature, more so in fact than any 
other writing…”
– Norman Golb, 
Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls?, 
(1995) p. 366 

“As it now stands, I Enoch appears to consist 
of the following five major divisions:
    (1) The Book of the Watchers (chaps. 1-36);
    (2) The Book of the Similitudes (chaps. 37-7l)-,
    (3) The Book of Astronomical Writings (chaps. 72-82);
    (4) The Book of Dream Visions (chaps. 83-90); and
    (5) The Book of the Epistle of Enoch (chaps. 91-107).”— Craig A. Evans, 
Noncanonical Writings 
and New Testament Interpretation, 
(1992) p. 23  

“Although the Book of Enoch is considered 
as apocryphal, it was clearly known to early 
Christian writers”
— The Book of the Secrets of Enoch
by R.H. Charles 

“The theme of the Book of Enoch deals with the
nature and deeds of the fallen angels. It was
so infuriated to the later Church fathers that 
one, Filastrius, actually condemned it openly 
as heresy.”
— (Filastrius, 
Liber de Haeresibus, no. 108). 

“Nor did the rabbis deign to give credence 
to the book’s teaching about angels. 
Rabbi Simeon ben Jochai in the second century A.D. 
pronounced a curse upon those who believed it 
(the Book of Enoch).”
— (Delitzsch, p. 223). 

“So the book was denounced, banned, cursed, 
no doubt it was burned and shredded – and last 
but not least, lost (and conveniently forgotten) 
for a thousand years. But with an uncanny 
persistence, the Book of Enoch found its way 
back into circulation two centuries ago.”
— The Book of the Secrets of Enoch
by R.H. Charles 

” the Book of Enoch had been preserved by the 
Ethiopic church, which put it right alongside 
the other books of the Bible. Bruce secured not 
one, but three Ethiopic copies of the book and 
brought them back to Europe and Britain. 
When in 1821 Dr. Richard Laurence, a Hebrew
professor at Oxford, produced the first English
translation of the work, the modern world gained 
its first glimpse of the forbidden mysteries 
of Enoch.”
— The Book of the Secrets of Enoch
by R.H. Charles 

“recent discoveries of copies of the book 
among the Dead Sea Scrolls found at Qumran 
prove that the book was in existence before 
the time of Jesus Christ.” 
— The Book of the Secrets of Enoch 
by R.H. Charles 

Jesus (Jehoshua) Christ’s Viewpoint
of The Book of Enoch

“Despite its unknown origins, Christians once 
accepted the words of this Book of Enoch as 
authentic scripture, especially the part about 
the fallen angels and their prophesied judgment. 
In fact, many of the key concepts used by Jesus 
Christ himself seem directly connected to terms 
and ideas in the Book of Enoch.  Thus, it is hard 
to avoid the  conclusion that Jesus had not only 
studied the book, but also respected it highly 
enough to adopt and elaborate on its specific 
descriptions of the coming kingdom and its theme 
of inevitable judgment descending upon “the wicked”.
— The Book of the Secrets of Enoch
by R.H. Charles  

“There is abundant proof that Christ approved 
of the Book of Enoch. Over a hundred phrases 
in the New Testament find precedents in the 
Book of Enoch.  Another remarkable bit of 
evidence for the early Christians’ acceptance 
of the Book of Enoch was for many years buried 
under the King James Bible’s mistranslation of 
Luke 9:35, describing the transfiguration of 
Christ: “And there came a voice out of the cloud,
saying, ‘This is my beloved Son: hear him.” 
Apparently the translator here wished to make 
this verse agree with a similar verse in Matthew 
and Mark. But Luke’s verse in the original Greek
reads: “This is my Son, the Elect One (from the
Greek ho eklelegmenos, lit., “the elect one”): 
hear him. (ot listen to him).” 
— The Book of the Secrets of Enoch
by R.H. Charles 

“The “Elect One” is a most significant term 
(found fourteen times) in the Book of Enoch.  
If the book was indeed known to the apostles 
of Christ, with its abundant descriptions of 
the Elect One who should “sit upon the throne 
of glory” and the Elect One who should “dwell 
in the midst of them,” then the great scriptural
authenticity is accorded to the Book of Enoch 
when the “voice out of the cloud” tells the 
apostles, “This is my Son, the Elect One” –
the one promised in the Book of Enoch.”
— The Book of the Secrets of Enoch
by R.H. Charles  

“The time difference between Enoch and Jude 
is approximately 3400 years. Therefore, Jude’s 
reference to the Enochian prophesies strongly 
leans toward the conclusion that these written 
prophesies were available to him at that time.”
— The Book of the Secrets of Enoch
by R.H. Charles 

THE EARLY CHURCH FATHERS SUPPORTED 
THE AUTHORITY OF ENOCH WRITINGS

“Many of the early church fathers also supported 
the Enochian writings. Justin Martyr ascribed all 
evil to demons whom he alleged to be the offspring 
of the angels who fell through lust for women —
directly referencing the Enochian writings.”
— The Book of the Secrets of Enoch
by R.H. Charles 

“Athenagoras, writing in his work called Legatio 
in about 170 A.D., regards Enoch as a true prophet. 
He describes the angels which “violated both their 
own nature and their office.”  In his writings, 
he goes into detail about the nature of fallen 
angels and the cause of their fall, which comes 
directly from the Enochian writings.”
— The Book of the Secrets of Enoch
by R.H. Charles 

“Many other church fathers: Tatian (110-172); 
Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons (115-185); 
Clement of Alexandria (150-220); 
Tertullian (160-230); Origen (186-255); 
Lactantius (260-330); in addition to: 
Methodius of Philippi, Minucius Felix, 
Commodianus, and Ambrose of Milanalso-
also approved of and supported the Enochian 
writings.”
— The Book of the Secrets of Enoch
by R.H. Charles 

DISCOVERY OF DEAD SEA SCROLLS

“The twentieth-century discovery of several Aramaic
Enochian texts among the Dead Sea Scrolls prompted 
Catholic scholar J.T. Milik to compile a complete
history of the Enochian writings, including 
translations of the Aramaic manuscripts.”
— Milik’s 400-page book, published in 1976 
by Oxford (J. T. Milik, ed. and trans., 

“The Books of Enoch: Aramaic Fragments  of Qumran 
Cave 4, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1976) – is a
milestone in Enochian scholarship, and Milik himself 
is no doubt one of the finest experts on the subject. 
His opinions, based as they are on years of in-depth
research, are highly respected.”
— The Book of the Secrets of Enoch
by R.H. Charles 

“One- by- one, the arguments against the Book 
of Enoch fade away. The day may soon arrive when 
the final complaints about the Book of Enoch’s 
lack of historicity and “late date” are also 
silenced by new evidence of the book’s real 
antiquity.”
— The Book of the Secrets of Enoch
by R.H. Charles  

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