Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-2016

Abstract

Enochian literature is a group of ancient texts which collectively depict the life and ministry of the biblical patriarch Enoch. The New Bible Dictionary states, “Enoch was a man of outstanding sanctity who enjoyed close fellowship with God.”[1] The writings of Enoch tell a fascinating story of theology, prophecy, and eschatology. The subjects of this story include giants, angels, demons, and ancestors of Noah. The Anchor Bible Dictionary states, “The Enochic corpus claims to be a series of revelations which Enoch received in antiquity and transmitted to his son Methuselah for the benefit of the righteous who would live in the end times.”[2] This essay examines Enochian literature that contains biblical quotations, prophetic themes, and messianic themes that contribute to biblical studies.

[1] Marshall, I. Howard, “Enoch,” New Bible Dictionary 324.

[2] Freedman, David Noel, “Enoch, First Book of,” The Anchor Bible Dictionary 2:508