The Book of Enoch is an ancient religious Jewish work, attributed by tradition to Enoch, Noah's great-grandfather, although modern scholars estimate the earliest sections (mainly in the Book of Watchers) as of 300 BC, and Last part (Book of the Parábolas), probably at the end of century I aC.
"The Scriptures will be given to them, they will believe and rejoice in them, all the righteous will rejoice in learning from them all the ways of righteousness." (1 Enoch 104: 13)
The first sections of the book were composed in the third century BC. The authors depended in part on the Pentateuch and had expanded the sections of Genesis, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. For example, 1 Enoch 1: 9 (the quotation in the epistle of Jude 1: 14-15) is originally a Midrash of Deuteronomy 33: 2.
The Book of Enoch (abbreviated 1 Enoch) is an intertestamental book, which is part of the canon of the Bible of the Coptic Church but is not accepted as canonical by other Christian churches. The only intact versions of this book that are preserved are in ge'ez, liturgical language of the Ethiopian Church, but several parts are known in Greek, Syriac, Armenian, Arabic and Latin and a fragment in Coptic. In addition several fragments have been found in Aramaic and one in Hebrew (4Q317), in Qumran. Tradition attributed its authorship to Enoch (also transcribed as Enoch or Enoch), great-grandfather of Noah.
At the present time it is believed that the text was written by several Jewish authors between the centuries III a. C. and I.
The book of Enoch consists of:
+ Book of Judgment
+ Book of the parables or The messiah and the kingdom
+ Book of change of the celestial luminaries or astronomical book
+ Book of dreams
+ Letter of Enoch and Apocalypse of the weeks
+ Fragments of the Book of Noah
The Book of Enoch is an apocalyptic book belonging to the Jewish apocalyptic.
Undoubtedly, the Book of Enoch was widely known and appreciated in the Jewish world and later inherited by the early Christians, who were largely responsible for preserving it in other languages. The Book of Enoch is classified as pseudoepigraphic because its content is attributed to this legendary descendant of Adam, although the content and the problems that narrates are clearly of later origin.
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