By Michael A. Knibb
This quantity brings jointly twenty-one essays by way of Michael Knibb at the ''Book of Enoch'' and on different Early Jewish texts and traditions, that have been initially released in quite a lot of journals, Festschriften, convention lawsuits and thematic collections. a few of the essays are excited about the problems raised by means of the complicated textual historical past and literary genesis of one Enoch, however the majority are thinking about the translation of particular texts or with issues corresponding to messianism. The essays illustrate a few of the dominant issues of Michael Knibb's paintings, quite the significance of the assumption of exile; the best way older texts considered as authoritative have been reinterpreted in later writings; and, the connections among the apocalyptic writings and the sapiential literature.
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Foure Bookes Containing a description of the Turkish Empire, of Aegypt, of the Holy Land, of the remote parts of Italy, and Ilands adjoyning (London: Printed for W. Barrett, 1615), p. 171) CHAPTER ONE THE ETHIOPIC BOOK OF ENOCH IN RECENT RESEARCH I The Ethiopic Book of Enoch (or 1 Enoch, as it is also known) is one of the most important writings to have survived from the latter part of the Second Temple period, important both for the information it provides concerning the development of Judaism in that period and as a prime example of an apocalypse.
We should think rather of a series See, for example, David W. Suter, “Fallen Angel, Fallen Priest: The Problem of Family Purity in 1 Enoch 6–16,” HUCA 50 (1979): 115–35. 49 the ETHIOPIC BOOK OF ENOCH in recent research 35 of overlapping viewpoints than of a single absolute divide. In this context the Book of Enoch, and the views represented in the different sections, should be seen as representative of one amongst a spectrum of overlapping approaches that together made up Judaism in the latter half of the Second Temple period.
Expectations of the restoration of the earthly temple somewhat surprisingly recede into the background, and the focus is rather on participation in the life of the heavenly realm, on the gathering of the people in the Jerusalem which is above. PART ONE ESSAYS ON THE BOOK OF ENOCH There have they the goodliest Librarie of the world: where many bookes that are lost with us, or but merely mentioned, are kept entire: as hath bin lately reported by a Spanish Frier that hath seene them, if we may beleeve him: amongst which, they say, are the oracles of Enoch (with other mysteries that escaped the Flood, ingraven by him upon pillars) and written in their vulgar language.