Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Now of these Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied

1 Enoch should be part of the Biblical canon

1. Because Jude 1:14-15 quotes a statement of St. Enoch which corresponds to a statement in the Ethiopic 1 Enoch 1:9, many have been fooled into thinking that 1 Enoch is inspired Scripture. St. Jude says in his Epistle: "Now of these Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying: 'Behold, the Lord cometh with thousands of his saints: To execute judgment upon all and to reprove all the ungodly for all the works of their ungodliness, whereby they have done ungodly: and for all the hard things which ungodly sinners have spoken against God.'"
1 Enoch 1:9 says, "And behold! He cometh with ten thousands of His holy ones To execute judgement upon all, And to destroy all the ungodly: And to convict all flesh Of all the works of their ungodliness which they have ungodly committed, And of all the hard things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him."

2. For example, the so-called Epistle of Barnabas, which was written in 130 and is not actually a work of St. Barnabas,{1} explicitly quoted 1 Enoch 89:56,66 as inspired Scripture: "For the Scripture saith, 'And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the Lord will deliver up the sheep of His pasture, and their sheep-fold and tower, to destruction.'"

3. 1 Enoch 1:9 contains a true prophecy really from St. Enoch, which was probably transmitted by oral tradition, but 1 Enoch as a whole is not an inspired book because it contains falsehoods. For example, why would Sts. Michael and Raphael, who are two of some of the holiest angels who are unerringly and unquestioningly faithful to the Almighty God they love, be astonished at the severity of the judgment the Almighty saw fit to issue [1 Enoch 67-68]? The Sons of God who fathered the Nephilim were not angels, but were men descended from St. Seth. But 1 Enoch 7 records that Sêmîazâz forced 199 of his demons to take human wives to "beget children" with them.

Notes & References
{1} Therefore it is properly styled the Epistle of Pseudo-Barnabas.

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