- Paperback: 100 pages
- Publisher: Health Research; Reprint edition (June 1, 1964)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0787306223
- ISBN-13: 978-0787306229
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,851,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Robert Henry Charles (1855–1931) was an Irish biblical scholar and theologian. He is known particularly for English translations of apocryphal and pseudepigraphal works, and editions including Jubilees (1895), the Book of Enoch (1893), and the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs (1908) which have been widely used. He wrote the articles in the 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica attributed to the initials "R. H. C.". --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This Slavonic Enoch text is not as detailed as the Ethiopian text. It is most certainly a condensed, badly-translated (into the slavic language) version of one of the earlier (greek or ethiopian?) Enoch texts. There seems to be differences from the other texts but are probably because of the evolving ideas of heaven, hell, after-life, etc.
In the Introduction, which was written by R. H. Charles, definite parallels are drawn up with the Koran. Charles belives this text dates between 30 BC. and 70 AD. meaning Mohammud was familiar to some extent with it.
This particular book has a Melchizedek myth which will help one more fully understand the meaning of Hebrews 7:3. The absence of written material in Genesis ignited imaginations in the early Christian church to create stories about him. The book is worth it just for this tale, but I strongly warn not to bring it up at a Bible study unless you like making waves.
The Phoenix played a special role in the early church. Clement used it to symbolize the resurrection of Jesus(I Clement Chap 12). This bird shows up here(Chap 12).
One of the other reviews has mention of the 365 and 1/4 day calendar, revealed to Enoch, being a modern calendar. This calendar isn't really modern. The Egyptians knew of the 365 1/4 day solar cycle nearly two millennia before the Julian Calendar. When they instituted a 365 1/4 day calendar they reserved those extra days, like our leap year (Feb. 29), for the gods. The Maya, on the other side of the globe, used three different calendars(Haab, Tzolkin, and the Long Count). They knew the solar cycle was 365 1/4 days also.
There seems to be some confusion in the editorial comments. There is no evidence that 2 Enoch, or "Slavonic Enoch" had any direct influence on Origen, Iranaeus or NT writers (Jude, 2Peter, Luke 20 etc.) that distinction goes to 1 Enoch, or "Ethiopian Enoch", most of which is also found among the Dead Sea Scrolls, which Slavonic Enoch is not.
I'd recommend to read it together with The Book of Enoch (Enoch 1). Also, wish this Book of the Secrets of Enoch (Enoch 2) has an introduction like Enoch 1, translated by R.H. Charles, does.