According to the Book of Enoch (Not a
Canonical Text), God judged the angels for producing the Nephillim.
God decreed that the fallen angels (Watchers) were to be cast into
Tartarus. The Nephillim were also judged and it was determined that
their bodies were to return to the earth in peace but their souls
were doomed to wander the earth forever--wandering
In the following conversation God is
talking to Enoch, His servant, and sending him to give this message
to the Watchers (fallen angels).
"I have no doubt that the Enoch groups
deemed the Book of Enoch as fully inspired as any 'biblical' book. I
am also convinced that the group of Jews behind the Temple Scroll,
which is surely pre-Qumranic, would have judged it to be
quintessential Torah--that is, equal to, and perhaps better than,
Deuteronomy....Then we should perceive the Pseudepigrapha as they
were apparently judged to be: God's revelation to humans." Page
"While the best scholars thought Ethiopic
Enoch was a modern version of a lost Jewish document, it was not
possible to disprove the lingering claims by Lucke (1832), Hofman
(1852), Wiesse (1856), and Phillippe (1868) that a Christian scribe
had composed the Book of Enoch. It was not until the second half of
the twentieth century that this claim was decisively put to rest;
again the proof came with another momentous discovery. Pre-Christian
Aramaic fragments of I Enoch were recovered among the Dead Seas
Scrolls; one of the fragments contains the passage quoted by Jude."
"Since the 1950's J.T. Milik promised us
he could prove that I Enoch 37-71 is not Jewish, but indeed a
Christian composition that considerably postdates the New Testament
period (50-150). His genius and pioneering leadership in the study of
the Dead Sea Scrolls caused a moratorium on the use of I Enoch 37-71
for a study of the term 'Son of Man' on earliest Christianity
(especially before 70).
It became obvious that Milik had not
proved his position , as Fitzmyer pointed out as soon as The Book of
Enoch had been published. Repeatedly the specialists on I Enoch have
come out in favor of the Jewish nature and its first century C.E.
origin, and probable pre-70 date. The list of specialists on I Enoch
arguing for this position has become overwhelmingly impressive:
Issac, Nickelsburg, Stone, Knibb, Anderson, Black, VanderKam,
Greenfield and Sutter. The consensus
communis is unparalleled in almost any other area of research; no
specialists now argues that I Enoch 37-71 is a Christian and
postdates the first century." Page 89.
"For 1200 years this book was known only
to a few people in Russia. When it was finally revealed to the world
in 1892, it was announced that it was a Slavonic version of the
The Book of Enoch. This was wrong. Once translated , it was found that
we have entirely different book on and about Enoch, described, by the
editor, as having no less value than the Apocalyptic literature and
the origins of Christianity.
This book was read extensively by many
separate Christian groups during the first three centuries, and it
has left us today with many traces of its influence. It is now time
to bring this book back into print so we may relearn its value to the
The Book Tree.