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Enoch: A Man for All Generations

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Credited with predicting the flood and with foretelling a second punishment but mentioned only briefly in the Hebrew Bible, Enoch is one of the most intriguing yet little-known characters of ancient Jewish and Christian literature. Although Genesis devotes just four verses to him, Enoch became a central figure in many of the oldest surviving Jewish legends of apocalypse, the subject of a large number of traditions during the intertestamental period, and a significant character in early Christian writing. In this ...
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Credited with predicting the flood and with foretelling a second punishment but mentioned only briefly in the Hebrew Bible, Enoch is one of the most intriguing yet little-known characters of ancient Jewish and Christian literature. Although Genesis devotes just four verses to him, Enoch became a central figure in many of the oldest surviving Jewish legends of apocalypse, the subject of a large number of traditions during the intertestamental period, and a significant character in early Christian writing. In this comprehensive survey of widespread ancient references to Enoch and to Enochian themes, James C. VanderKam illumines the range and character of ancient testimonies to the man, his teachings, and his work. VanderKam also explains why Enoch aroused such ardent admiration from some quarters and deep apprehension from others.
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In four verses of Genesis, Enoch predicts the Deluge and hints darkly of a second punishment to come, then vanishes from the hallowed pages of Scripture. Nevertheless his character would not stay within such straited banks, and spread widely through Jewish legends of apocalypse and coursed through the literature of early Christians. VanderKam (Hebrew scriptures, U. of Notre Dame) explores the mostly extrabiblical ancient references to Enoch and Enochian themes and ponders on why the man, his teachings, and his work roused such admiration in some and apprehension in others. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
John J. Collins
...[A] survey of the booklets that make up the collection known as 1 Enoch and of passages that allude either to Enoch or to these booklets in early Jewish and Christian literature....VanderKam wisely eschews any attempt to reconstruct Enoch's "personality"....It is a book about Enoch, rather than a study of the Enoch literature....a handy reference work for scholars and can also serve as a supplementary textbook in courses on ancient Judaism and early Christianity.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Ch. 1 The Beginning of a Career 1
Ch. 2 The Earliest Enochic Booklets 17
Ch. 3 Second-Century Enochic Booklets 60
Ch. 4 Other Early Sources 102
Ch. 5 Later Jewish Sources 143
Ch. 6 The New Testament and Early Christian Texts 169
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