Who was Enoch?
That is one of the primary questions I have been asked since my book has become available.
I would have to say that Enoch is one of the more mysterious individuals from the Judeo-Christian tradition and also from a historical point of view.
First a little background information. Enoch is spoken of in both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. He is spoken of in the Book of Genesis (Gen 5:18-24) as the son Jared and as the father of Methuselah. He is more famously known as the great-grandfather of Noah and that it is traditionally thought that he never died, because he was taken by God. There are three references to Enoch in the New Testament (Luke 3:37, Hebrews 11:5, Epistle of Jude 1:14).
Within the Judeo-Christian tradition it is believed that Enoch was a scribe and was taught how to write by the Host of Heaven. It is also said that he was a favorite of God (which Enoch calls the Ancient of Days) and that he had some type of one-on-one relationship with this Ancient of Days and the Host of Heaven. He does appear to be rather unique in the fact that he seems to be the only person that was personally taken by God himself, not one of his angels or in whirlwind like the prophet Elijah. Outside of that, pretty much everything else we know comes from the Book of Enoch itself and the early history of Christianity and the Catholic Church.
It is known that prior to 364 A.D. and the Council of Laodicea, the Book of Enoch, (which at that time it was known as the “Secrets of Enoch”) was used and accepted as scripture by many early Christians. The Book of Enoch was known and used centuries before the birth of Christ. There are many that considered it more Christian in its theology that the Jewish tradition it comes from.
Much of what was written during the early history of Christianity came from the “learned fathers of the church” as they explained and defended church teachings to the masses. Much of the earliest literature is filled with many references to this mysterious “Book of Enoch”. In the early 2nd century the “Epistle Barnabus” uses much of the Book of Enoch. Over the next couple centuries the Book of Enoch was used by Origin, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, and even Clement of Alexandria. Tertullian even called the book “Holy Scripture”. Many early Christian churches included it in their canon, with the Ethiopic Church being the only one left today that still includes it in their canon.
It was a well known and widely read book in the first three centuries after Christ. After the Council of Laodicea in 364 A.D. it, along with a number of other books were banned by the authorities of the church. From that point on, it just gradually passed out of circulation, until it became a lost book to most of the Western world. The council also decided on what books would and would not be included in the western Bible.
As I have studied Enoch, I think the two primary reasons the Book of Enoch was banned by the Council was because, one it revealed too much about the fall of the angels for the common person (which was a point argued at the Council). And two; that it presents what would be a very dangerous idea to the early Catholic Church because of the way it is written. It is written in the first person and speaks of the one-on-one relationship(s) between Enoch, God, and the rest of the Host of Heaven. It gives the idea that an individual person could get to know God personally, without the help of the Church, and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that this would be quite a threat to the early Catholic Church.
It wasn’t until the 1400s and the Protestant Reformation in the early 1500s, that the modern world became aware of this book. In the late 1400’s rumors began to spread around Europe that somewhere a copy of this long lost Book of Enoch still existed. There were a number of books that claimed to the long lost text, but all of them were later to be found to be forgeries.
The actual return of the long lost Book of Enoch to the western world has been credited to the famous explorer James Bruce. In 1773 he returned from six years of exploring Abyssinia with three Ethiopic copies of the book. In 1821 it was translated into English by Richard Laurence and published. In 1912 the famous R.H. Charles edition was published. Over the last hundred years several portions of the Greek text have surfaced. In addition seven fragmentary copies of the Aramaic text were discovered in Cave #4 of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Since its return to the Western world this book has been the focus of much controversy and mystery. Most of it appears to come from the fact that most people have heard about this book, but next to nobody has actually read this book. And I think the ones that have read it normally misunderstand what they are reading.
The reason for this is misunderstanding is because the Book of Enoch is actually the key to unlocking the mystery of the esoteric and their belief system. I think this is the real reason on why it was removed in 364 AD and the large effort over the last 1,650 years to keep it out the hands of the masses. This book actually contains the secret story that provides the basis for the esoteric doctrine and belief system. This esoteric doctrine and belief system is the missing piece to the puzzle that is our modern world and the source of all the wild and not-so-wild conspiracy theories that we hear about all the time. - RJ-
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