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R. H. Charles provides a definitive translation of one of the most noted apocalyptic works still in existence. Often described as "the lost book" of the Bible, The Book of Enoch seems to have been written in Palestine by several different authors in the first and second centuries B.C. For hundreds of years it was accepted by the early church fathers, but it was rejected by ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 15th 2007 by Dover Publications (first published -1)
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Whispers from the Pirate's Ghost Whisper
At one time the book of Enoch was given in a combined text of the bible, it was placed in between the Old Testament and the New Testament. At some point it got kicked out of that honored place. It is one of several religious texts written before Christ.

Before Dante' and Milton, before Matthew, Luke, and John, before Paul and Simon, before Christ, before Noah, there was Enoch. Enoch gives us one of the ealiest, purely Judeo-Christian ideas of what Heaven is like, and the God Machine that created
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Kira
This. Book. Is. A. Fucking. Riot.

I'll review it properly later - I HAVE to stop procrastinating and actually finish writing this chapter - but let me tell you this: Enoch was an entertainer. By Joe. This book is morally repugnant, bloody and tastelessly biblical, but my GOD is it entertaining. Holy cow. Be you devoutly religious or a staunch atheist, you cannot deny the badass awesomeness of those rare and elusive creatures known as the angels. They're violent, vicious, sordid, sex-crazed, all-p
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Dan
I'm pretty sure Dante had to be at least aware of "The Book of Enoch" before he wrote "The Divine Comedy" -- it's got to be the first story of a mortal scribe's tour through heaven, earth, and hell. It has been becanonized and suppressed by most Christian sects though, probably because the story of the fallen angels - the Watchers - and their half mortal offspring - the Nephilim - cames across as too Hellenistic for early votaries.
Daniel Rekshan
I read this book because Erich von Däniken referenced it in the History Channel's Ancient Aliens series. Also, I was interested in it because of my interest in John Dee and Emanuel Swedenborg, both authors profess an interaction with beings that may loosely be termed "Enochian Angels", which simply meanings that these beings are similar to those mentioned in this book.

This book melds the archetypal stories of Prometheus and the Fall of Man from Genesis. From this point of view, its very interest
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Brandi Terral
Feb 26, 2010 Brandi Terral rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone and everyone
Amazing piece of apocryphal literature! It engaged me almost immediately with it's lore about the angels. I've always been enamored with angel lore so this book, along with a few other apocryphal books are so interesting to me. They make me feel like I'm getting the chunk of the story that was perhaps edited out of Genesis (the beginning of Genesis, when creation is being discussed and, oh so briefly, the fall of the angels and what happened...how they were partly the cause of the flood. It help ...more
Ryan
May be the oldest piece of literature ever written. May have even been on the Ark with Noah. Jesus taught from it on many occasions (more than from any other book). His brother, Jude, quotes it verbatim in his book.

Enoch almost made it into the Bible but missed this by just a few votes at the Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325. The primary objection of those who voted against it is that Enoch explains in no uncertain terms that angels rebelled against God and had sexual intercourse with human women,
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Cem
The Book of Enoch is a transitional piece of apocalyptica (!) written smack between the passage from Judaism to Christianity. So you have Sheol and not Hell, no Jesus but yes Son of God and so on. Some of the texts are as weird as the heaviest of the Nag Hammadi scriptures but in essence, tell of the same story of the time briefly described in Genesis, when the Nephilim came down from heaven and took human wives and worse, taught men agriculture, metal working, writing and so on. An A-level text ...more
Charles Franklin
Pros: Very intriguing, especially the beginning
Cons: Some parts hard to understand
As a reader of Genesis, I have often wondered about Enoch: Who was he? Why was he able to walk with God?
The Book of Enoch is a collection of spiritual literature in the Ethiopian cannon which covers prophecies and visions attributed to Enoch and some of his descendants. It seemingly provides deeper insight into the pre-flood era along with providing detailed observations about astronomy, nature, and faith. Readers
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Alisha
very interesting.. not in the bible because it isn't recognised as scripture, not inspired by God.. but still a very interesting read..
Ruth
The reason I wanted to read the Book of Enoch was because I've heard preachers that I admire mention it. I didn't know much about it when I started reading it, except that it gave insight into the days prior to Noah's flood. Of course, whether or not this book is inspired by God (as I believe the Bible to be) is up for debate. All the same though, I figured it was worth checking out. I do not see anything in the book of Enoch that contradicts the Bible, and in many ways, it helps explain how oth ...more
Ronda  Tutt
Very Interesting! I read this book because of a fiction book I read called Angelology had mentioned Angels who had came from heaven and had married human women and produced off spring and that these so called angels had been cast into the center of the earth in a deep cave for their actions of teaching the humans many secrets such as sorcery, weaponary, fire, writing, and how to read the stars to map and know the weather etc...

Sure enough, this book tells all about it. It not only tells about th
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Avel
Book of Enoch is to the beginning of Earth as the Book of Revelations is to the End of times in the Holy Bible. It's wonderful content reveals more on who the "Sons of God" were. As mentioned in the Book of Genesis just before the great flood. It allowed me to realize a perspective in the verity on questions like, who these alien visitors were and why we do not have evidence of these visits. Also exposing the facts on who really built the pyramids. And gave man the knowledge responsible for his ...more
Jeff McCormack
This volume of the Book of Enoch is a great one. It contains a very lengthy introduction filled with the history, discussion, disputes surrounding these writings, and references to other related works (of the time when this was written - 1912ish). Then the book content itself contains all of the text, with tons of added footnote and commentary throughout.

I had previously read the same translation, but the volume I had was strictly the content (with a minor introduction). This volume is so much m
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slaveofone
Since I do not know Greek, Ethiopic, or Aramaic, I can say nothing about the translation itself. I can, however, offer my comments and experience as a reader. In previous readings (or attempts at reading) the books of Enoch in other translations, I was constantly struggling to make sense of the text. It seemed broken, disjointed, and confused. Reading this translation was like a breath of fresh air. It does not attempt to remain faithful to a single manuscript or to preserve the structure and co ...more
Erik Graff
Jan 27, 2014 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians
Recommended to Erik by: Raymond Brown
Shelves: religion
I read Charles' translation of Enoch while taking Ray Brown's course on apocalypticism at Union Theological Seminary in New York. The way I was taking courses then, and as previously done in college, was substantially determined by my research interests. In other words, I'd be interested in a subject and find courses which would allow me to pursue the topic. In this case the project was to read the canons of all Jewish and Christian denominations, as well as all the apocryphal and pseudepigraphi ...more
Scott Whitney
A good book which has many parallels to other religious texts which I have read. I found a translation by Knibb with commentary by McCracken. I do not like a lot of the commentary and have given that part a very low score. I do not see the tree of knowledge being cannabis, that strikes me as wishful thinking on the part of the commentator.
Avery Mckenzie
very interesting book. When I started reading this I was under the impression that it would destroy my concept of religion but it did the exact opposite. I actually wanted to read the bible again and understand more of the Apocalypse. I highly recommend this work especially if you're disillusioned with religion.
Oznoxious
Ever ask Your self:"Who was the first Astronaut,really?"
The first and only mortal(recorded)to meet the "The Ones From the Heavens"
and live to tell about it.
One of Many books forbidden from The Bible.
Clifford
This is one Weird book. Fornicating angels, travelogues about trees, mountains, valleys; then there are the 1001 gates of the sun and the moon-ostensibly a calendar (probably one of the reasons that this books is not considered canon is because the author repeatedly insists that a year is 364 days long); sheep and cows, cows and sheep, murderous cows and murderous sheep. Then there's the "Woe to's." "Woe to [insert sin here]" which goes on for pages and pages. I couldn't WAIT to finish this book ...more
Jonathan
This is a great apocryphal book. The whole text can be found here:

http://www.sacred-texts.com/bib/boe/

Great parallels to the plan of salvation and the history of Israel. Also interesting parallels to Genesis 6 and the book of Moses 7 in the LDS canon.

I kind of seemed like looking through a semi-opaque glass into some interesting gospel truths with some not so clear and perhaps figurative and metaphorical teachings (especially on the subject of the Nephilim, which points to the philosophy of fal
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Chris Armer
I rate the book 5 stars based upon its value. It was valued by the early church. It was quoted in our NT in the book of Jude. It is simply phenomenal for helping one understand the apocalyptic ideas and imagery that ran through first century Judaism. Ideas about things such as the Son of Man, afterlife, and future judgment were not novel ideas of Jesus or the disciples. This book shares multiple images and characteristics with the book of Revelation. The similarities add a great amount of weight ...more
Kenneth
The Book of Enoch (i.e. 1st Enoch), although quoted in the Letter of Jude (verses 14-15 which quote Enoch 1:9) in the New Testament, was never canonized as part of the Bible and is preserved in its entirety only in the ancient Ethiopian language Ge'ez. Extensive fragments of the Greek version still exist, quoted by other authors or otherwise discovered in papyrus fragments discovered in Egypt in the late 19th century. Amaraic fragments were discovered among the Dead Sea Scrolls.

The English vers
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Peygamber Enok'un Kitabı

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Hermes Yayınları / Ezoterizm Dizisi
2011, 184 sayfa.

Peygamber Enok'un Kitabı

-İçindekiler;

........Önsöz, Erhan Altunay
........Peygamber Enok'un Kitabı, Toplam 5 kitap.
........Son Bölüm, H.P. Blavatsky' de Enok.

kitap, 105 bölüm, (süre de diyebiliriz).
.......1151 madde, (ayet de diyebiliriz).

1. kitap, 35 bölüm (sure), 248 madde (ayet),
2. kitap, 34 bölüm (sure), 314 madde (ayet),
3. kitap, 11 bölüm (sure), 184 madde (ayet),
4. kitap, 8 bölüm (
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John Martindale
Parts of the Book of Enoch, according to critical scholars were written around 300BC. The book is traditionally ascribed Enoch. To me it would be fascinating if the contents of this book really were from Enoch and copied throughout the ages or carried along by oral tradition until they were written down. Fragments of Enoch were among the dead sea scrolls and it is believed much of earlier Christendom were pretty familiar with its content. There is a possibility that Enoch is Jewish Midrash, whic ...more
Abigail Normal
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Trey Nowell
I had read the Book Of Enoch many years ago, but forgotten a lot of the text. Really awesome introductory by R.A. Gilbert and well put together by the scholar R.H. Charles. This book I feel has more of a place amongst the biblical 66 cannonized books than many others and is an interesting read on par with the most mysterious books to me, Genesis and Revelation. The Book Of Enoch is reffered to within the Bible and definitely had a place in the minds of early Christian writers. It's description o ...more
Nicole Steenstra
Must-read for modern day Christians and / or anyone interested in Second Temple Judaism and / or the quest for the historical Jesus, as it offers invaluable insight into one sect of Second Temple Jewish thought. Personally I believe Jesus and/ or at least the gospel writers were familiar with Enoch and drew some of their theology from it. Read Enoch, the Dead Sea scrolls, and G. Boccaccini's Beyond the Essene Hypothesis and decide for yourself.
Daniel
Second time round reading this book and I must say, it gets me each time. I think what draws me to the narrative is how explicit and unfiltered it is. There's no social adjusting happening, or cultural angling as is the case with most of the rest of the Bible. Plus it gives a glimpse into matters that are shrouded in mystery and darkness concerning the early years of mankind. I'd recommend it to the christian scholar and those who are intrigued by their faith and the origins of man, society and ...more
Aaron Cummings
More Sci-Fi than Bible. For any Christian who, while reading Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials, got his unmentionables in a knot, this book is a must read. You'll see after reading this where Pullman found most of his inspiration. Pullman is not angry at the loving, ever-present God of Scripture, but the absentee God on display in the book of Enoch.
Melody
I do not hold myself in such high esteem that I think myself worthy of reviewing books that have stood the test of a couple thousand years {or more, which is possible}. I read R. H. Charles' translation online, and it turned out to be a frustrating read. I found things to be interesting and surprisingly Messianic {which bears note, since the Book of Enoch is known to exist before the time of Christ}, but I also found verses missing. I also very much wish to know which parts of the book are known ...more
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Robert Henry Charles was an English biblical scholar and theologian. He left parochial work in 1889 to devote himself to biblical research and became the greatest authority of his time in matters of Jewish eschatology and apocrypha. He became a canon at Westminster Abbey in 1913 and archdeacon there in 1919. His books include Eschatology (1913, 2nd ed), Between the Old and New Testaments (1914), a ...more
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“Enoch 39:4 There I saw another vision; I saw the habitations and resting places of the saints. There my eyes beheld their habitations with the angels, and their resting places with the holy ones. They were entreating, supplicating, and praying for the sons of men; while righteousness like water flowed before them, and mercy like dew was scattered over the earth. And thus shall it be with them for ever and for ever.” 2 likes
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