This is the extended and annotated edition including * an extensive annotation of more than 5.000 words about the history and evolution of the book we call 'The Bible' * an interactive table-of-contents * perfect formatting for electronic reading devices (e.g. no more annoying page numbers in the text) In the Authorized Version of the Epistle of Jude, we read the following words:-- "Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands, of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him." Modern research sees in the Epistle of Jude a work of the second century: but as orthodox theologians accept its contents as the inspired utterance of an Apostle, let us diligently search the Hebrew Scriptures for this important forecast of the second Advent of the Messiah. In vain we turn over the pages of the sacred Canon; not even in the Apocrypha can we trace one line from the pen of the marvellous being to whom uninterrupted immortality is assigned by apostolic interpretation of Genesis v. 24. Were the prophecies of Enoch, therefore, accepted as a Divine revelation on that momentous day when Jesus explained the Scriptures, after his resurrection, to Jude and his apostolic brethren; and have we moderns betrayed our trust by excluding an inspired record from the Bible?
With renewed interest in the character of Enoch the prophet, I decided to publish in 14 point font not just the R.H. Charles Oxford translation of the Book of Enoch and the Richard Laurence translation of the Book of the Secrets of Enoch, but compile with them such obscure sources as the recently 2005 discovery of the Greek Account of Enoch the Prophet, the Aramaic Dead Sea Scroll fragments of 1 Enoch, Ogdias the Giant, the Manichean Book of the Giants, The Midrash of Semhazai and Aza, the Kebra Nagast 100, the Armenian Vision Of Enoch The Just, the Hebrew Third Book Of Enoch, Coptic Apocryphon of Enoch, and The Slavonic Two Tablets Of Enoch. It is my opinion that providing all of these sources together in one collection would better assist those seeking to understand more completely Enoch, his life, and involvement with the Watchers and Giants. This manuscript better expounds upon the context of the few texts we still have of those he left for us in greater capacity and clearer regard.
An Apocryphal Production: Supposed for Ages to Have Been Lost
Author: Richard Laurence
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The Book of Enoch is an ancient Jewish religious work, traditionally ascribed to Enoch, the great-grandfather of Noah. It is not part of the biblical canon as used by Jews, apart from Beta Israel. It is regarded as canonical by the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church and Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church, but no other Christian group. Estimated to have been written around 300 BC, this ancient Jewish religious work is ascribed by tradition to Enoch. The book follows Enoch as he travels through Heaven and expands more thoroughly, than the Book of Genesis, on the early kingdom of Israel and the events leading up to the great flood of Noah. With evil everywhere around, the Apocalyptists saw no hope for the world as it was, it must be destroyed if the good were ever to triumph.
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