[2:09] 1 Enoch, Martin McNamara writes.


Martin McNamara writes of the Book of the Watchers “This section of 1 Enoch is itself a composite work. It begins with a Parable of Enoch on the lot of the wicked and of the righteous (1-5). Next comes The Book of the Watchers (i.e. the Angels) proper. This recounts the sin of the angels through their sexual union with earthly women, on which follows the demoralization of humankind. We are then told of the doom pronounced by God on the angels and of the joys in store for the just (6-11), e.g., ‘And . . . the Lord said to Raphael: “Bind Azazel by his hands and his feet, and throw him into the darkness . . . and let him stay there for ever . . . that on the great day of judgment he may be hurled into the fire”‘ (10:4-6). ‘Bind them for seventy generations under the hills of the earth until the day of their judgment and of their consummation, until the judgment which is for all eternity is accomplished. And in those days they will lead them to the abyss of fire; in torment and in prison they will be shut up for all eternity’ (10:12-13).” 

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