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The Book of Enoch

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Enoch was the great-grandfather of Noah. The Book of Enoch chapter 68:1 “And after that my great-grandfather Enoch gave me all the secrets in the book and in the parables which had been given to him, and he put them together for me in the words of the book of the parables.”

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 early second century “Epistle of Barnabus” makes much use of the Book of Enoch. 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 Ethiopic Church even added the Book of Enoch to its official canon. It was widely known and read the first three centuries after Christ. 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.

At about the time of the Protestant Reformation, there came to be a renewed interest in the Book of Enoch which had long since been lost to the modern world. By the late 1400’s rumors began to spread that somewhere a copy of the long lost Book of Enoch might still exist. During this time many books arose claiming to be the long lost book and were later found to be forgeries.

The return of the long lost Book of Enoch to the modern western world is credited to the famous explorer James Bruce, who in 1773 returned from six years in Abyssinia with three Ethiopic copies of the lost book. In 1821 Richard Laurence published the first English translation. The famous R.H. Charles edition was published in 1912. In the following years several portions of the Greek text surfaced. Then with the discovery of cave 4 of the Dead Sea Scrolls, seven fragmentary copies of the Aramaic text were discovered.

The book of Enoch, documentary made by History Channel:

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  1. i relly want to know why this book is not in bible & can it tell any ting about ufo.


    November 25, 2010 at 10:28 pm

  2. The Book of Enoch is one of the most important text to study about Ethiopia therefore scholars should give attention all the studies concerning the book.
    With best wishings

    Abebe Desie

    December 26, 2010 at 10:30 am

  3. enoch can tell you about ufo’s; most of those which operate on the earth are from demonic forces; btw, the aliens can be dispelled by calling on the Saviour’s name Yahshuah/”Jesus” in faith believing that He is able to help you. check out a site called /

    in one part of the book Enoch refers to the spirits that came out of the Nephilim as being neither spirit nor flesh; that seems to correspond exactly with the physical qualities of ufo’s.

    i particularly like Andy McCracken’s presentation of A Knibb’s translation of Enoch. he also explains why he believes 1 Enoch is legitimate as opposed to other versions.

    Peace of YaHShUaH/”Jesus” be with you.

    About Enoch

    April 23, 2011 at 3:04 pm

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