BooknewsIn 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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