1 Enoch: A New Translation: Based on the Hermeneia Commentary

1 Enoch: A New Translation: Based on the Hermeneia Commentary

1 Enoch: A New Translation: Based on the Hermeneia Commentary

1 Enoch: A New Translation: Based on the Hermeneia Commentary

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Created in conjunction with an exhaustive critical commentary, this is the only English translation of 1 Enoch that takes into consideration all of the textual data now available in the Ethiopic version, the Greek texts, and the Dead Sea Aramaic fragments. Since only the first of two Hermeneia commentary volumes is now available, this book provides an indispensable translation of the whole work.

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Contents of 1 Enoch

1 Enoch divides into five major sections, which are followed by two short appendices: The Book of the Watchers (chaps. 1—36); The Book of Parables (chaps. 37–71); The Book of the Luminaries (chaps. 7282); The Dream Visions (chaps. 83—90); The Epistle of Enoch (chaps. 91–105); The Birth of Noah (chaps. 106–107); Another Book by Enoch (chap. 108). The sections represent developing stages of the Enochic tradition, each one building on the earlier ones—though not in the order in which they presently stand in the collection. Overall they express a common world view that characterizes this present world and age as evil and unjust and in need of divine adjudication and renewal. With the possible exception of the Book of the Luminaries, they focus on the common concern and expectation that a coming divine judgment will eradicate evil and injustice from the earth and will return the world to God’s created intention. Their authority lies in their claim that they transmit divine revelation, which the patriarch Enoch received in primordial times (Gen 5:21–24) and which is made public in the last times to constitute the eschatological community of the chosen.

The Book of the Watchers (Chaps. 1–36)

Chapters 1—5 were composed as an introduction to chapters 1—36, but now set the keynote for the entire work. They constitute a tripartite prophetic oracle, in which “Enoch” announces the coming theophany, when God and the heavenly entourage will render judgment against the rebel angels who introduced evil into the world and against sinful humans, who perpetrate it. The first section (1:1–9) paraphrases part of Moses’ final blessing on Israel (Deuteronomy 33) and . . .

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