The Book of Enoch was considered one of the most important books in early Christianity and was used widely, R.H. Charles, who translated the book, said, "the influence of 1 Enoch on the New Testament has been greater than that of all the other aprocryphid and pseudepigraphical books put together." One of the main influences from the book is its explanation of evil coming into the world with the arrival of the "fallen angels." Enoch functions as a scribe, writing up a petition on behalf of these fallen ones, to be given to higher powers for judgment. Enoch was apparently chosen for this duty because he was of a different nature than the angels. It appears that Christianity later adopted some of its ideas and philosophies from this book, including the Final Judgment the concept of demons, the Resurrection, the origins of evil, and the coming of a Messiah and Messianic Kingdom. This makes The Book of Enoch of immense importance, not only to the study of Christianity's origins, but to the possible reality of strange, otherworldly visions or visitations. If this book was so important to Christian beginnings, why was it removed from the canon and banned? Enoch had found and experienced God face to face, something which gnostics, always strive for. The Church opposed gnostics -- to them, they were heretics. Only now, after many centuries, are people rediscovering this book's value, along with its important counterpart. The Book of the Secrets of Enoch. Both of these important books are now shedding new light on Christian origins and otherworldly "encounters."
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About the Author:
"Robert Henry Charles (1855-1931) was an English biblical scholar and theologian. He is known particularly for English translations of apocryphal and pseudepigraphal works, and editions including the Book of Enoch (1906) and Jubilees (1895), which have been widely used.
He was educated at Queen's College, Belfast and Trinity College, Dublin. He became archdeacon of Westminster." (Quote from wikipedia.org)
"'The greatest importance of Enoch is that it was not only a pre-Christian book, but also a post-Christian book, a text from their Jewish background kept and used by the earliest churches. When we use Enoch as a 'context' for the New Testament, many early Christian ideas come into a much clearer focus, and many of the gaps in the New Testament can be bridged.' From The Lost Prophet: The Book of Enoch and its Influence on Christianity by Margaret Barker"
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Book Description Book Tree, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P111585090190
Book Description Book Tree, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1585090190