Book of Enoch

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you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength." This is the first commandment.
Mark 12:30




THE BOOK OF ENOCH

TRANSLATED BY

R. H. CHARLES, D.LITT., D.D.

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY

W. O. E. OESTERLEY, D.D.

London

Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge

[1917]


The Book of Enoch is ascribed to the great-grandfather of Noah. It is included in the cannon of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church and Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church.

The authors of the New Testament were familiar with the book and were influenced by its content. It is quoted in the New Testament (Jude 1:14–15), and is there attributed to "Enoch the Seventh from Adam".

The first part of the book describes the fall of the Watchers (angels who fathered the Nephilim). The remainder of the book describes visions of heaven and hell, angels and devils, Enoch introduced concepts such as fallen angels, the appearance of a Messiah, Resurrection, a Final Judgement, and a Heavenly Kingdom on Earth. There is also some content regarding calendrical systems, geography, cosmology, astronomy, and meteorology.


p. vi

EDITORS' PREFACE

THE object of this series of translations is primarily to furnish students with short, cheap, and handy text-books, which, it is hoped, will facilitate the study of the particular texts in class under competent teachers. But it is also hoped that the volumes will be acceptable to the general reader who may be interested in the subjects with which they deal. It has been thought advisable, as a general rule, to restrict the notes and comments to a small compass; more especially as, in most cases, excellent works of a more elaborate character are available. Indeed, it is much to be desired that these translations may have the effect of inducing readers to study the larger works.

Our principal aim, in a word, is to make some difficult texts, important for the study of Christian origins, more generally accessible in faithful and scholarly translations.

In most cases these texts are not available in a cheap and handy form. In one or two cases texts have been included of books which are available in the official Apocrypha; but in every such case reasons exist for putting forth these texts in a new translation, with an Introduction, in this series.

W. O. E. OESTERLEY.

G. H. Box.