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: The sections of the excursus explore three important themes: 1. A description of the series of problematic revelatory experiences of Oliver Cowdery that exemplify an ongoing pattern of thinking and conduct that led to periodic conflicts with the Prophet; 2. “The Song of Enoch” — a hymn given by revelation that was later versified, expanded, and set to music; and 3. A discussion of ancient precedents for the ascent of Enoch and his whole people being translated and taken up to heaven. The annotated bibliography provides a summary of the primary pseudepigraphal accounts of Enoch, signaling topics of special interest for Latter-day Saint readers. The references and indexes provide useful aids to the reader.
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