Enoch is one of the more mysterious and obscure characters in the Bible. The text of Genesis 5:24 reads: Enoch walked with God and he was not, for God took him. (ESV) Naturally, characters mentioned least, such as Melchizedek, generate much interest.
At a little over 70 chapters 1 Enoch is a very interesting read. If you’ve ever heard of a group of angels called The Watchers, that story has its origins here. They’re mentioned in the New Testament, 2 Peter 2:4: For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment; (ESV)
The text features colourful imagery and gives a good telling of backstory as to who Enoch is.
While this 2nd edition, edited by Rev. Dr. Ronald K. Brown is impressively bound, it has a number of fatal editorial and langage issues that make it a very difficult read. There are many typos that were obviosuly overlooked in headers, misspellings of “Israel.” The text doesn’t read very smoothly. It is like the editor is trying to set the text in classical English but crashes somewhere near Shakespeare on a flight to King James.
This volume would need professional proof-reading and editing to bring it up to par with other published works in the same genre.
The imagery includes extensive celestial references. I’d like to have those portions reviewed by a professional astrologer to shed some light on them.
The text mentions numerous books written by Enoch and handed off to Methuselah. If those survived the flood they must have been lost to antiquity I will continue to study other versions of I Enoch as well as books II and III.