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The Book of Enoch

David A. deSilva

in The Jewish Teachers of Jesus, James, and Jude

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780195329001
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979073 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195329001.003.0005
The Book of Enoch

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Like Ben Sira and Tobit, the presence and impact of 1 Enoch in Second Temple period Palestine suggests that it was also well positioned to exercise ongoing influence on thoughtful Jews. Each constitutive part of 1 Enoch is examined in turn: first its contents and historical situation and “agenda” are treated, followed by a discussion of points of possible impact on the teachings of Jesus, James, and Jude (the last, indeed, quotes 1 Enoch explicitly and refers to the story of the Watchers in detail). Special attention is given to establishing the relationship of the “Parables of Enoch” to early Christian literature and the authenticity of Jesus' uses of the title “Son of man” to refer to God's end-time agent.

Keywords: 1 Enoch; Watchers; Enochic Judaism; Jesus; Letter of Jude; judgment; resurrection; Essenism

Chapter.  20747 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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