Part of our book chapter reprint series, this article originally appeared in In God’s Image and Likeness 2: Enoch, Noah, and the Tower of Babel (2014) by Jeffrey M. Bradshaw and David J. Larsen.
Abstract: In this chapter, the authors review what some have called the “most remarkable religious document published in the nineteenth century,” giving the first part of a two-part account of the life and ministry of Enoch. The chapter begins with a description of Enoch’s prophetic commission, which has strong affinities with ancient texts inside and outside the Bible. This is followed by a description of Enoch’s preaching mission, whose accounts of wickedness, battles, and the taking up of Enoch’s people to heaven has remarkable resonances with the Book of Giants, an Enoch account found in Qumran in 1948.
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