The Book of Enoch & the Pseudepigrapha (in general) ...

BROTHER SAL's picture

Just looking for a little feedback / views of others on this (Book of Enoch+) & the Pseudepigrapha ... e.g. is there any valid prophecy , teachings about the underworld , references to JESUS CHRIST as the Messiah , etc.etc.

Panoramicromantic's picture

I think so but...

you would hard pressed to find many Christians that agree with that nowadays. Jude quoted the Book Of Enoch and it was considered inspired by many of the early church fathers e.g. Justin Martyr, Tertullian, Clement Of Alexandria, Origen etc. It actually is a part of the canon of the Tewahedo Ethiopian Orthodox church. It would have been lost to history if they had not preserved it.
There are many things in the New Testament that really only make sense when read with some reference to the Book of Enoch. One example is Matthew 8:29; the idea that the demons would be removed at the end of times is not found in the Old Testament but it is found in the Book of Enoch. The Son Of Man figure in the Similitudes of Enoch paint a picture of the Son of Man that parallels what Jesus said about Himself as the Son of Man. Matthew 25:32 is very similar to Enoch 47:3. And as I stated, Jude quotes Enoch 1:9 directly in Jude 1:14-16. 2 Peter 2:4 is certainly a reference to it as is the parallel passage in Jude 1:6. There are many parallels to the Book of Enoch in the New Testament. I personally believe some of the prophecies are inspired. I wouldn't give it canonical status in the way I understand what canon means. Canon means measure, which denotes that it is the measure whereby Christians agree as to what is Orthodox teaching. That is not always as clear cut as some would make it out to be as I've tried to point out on the Apocrypha and Septuagint/LXX threads. But if there is a passage of the Bible that makes sense when interpreted through an early exegesis as the Book of Enoch did with Genesis 6, I have no problem referring to it, just as I have no problem referring to a church father when interpreting a passage of scripture.