A transcript from: The Forgotten Books of Eden, by Rutherford H. Platt, Jr., , at sacred-texts.com
Section 2.0 Book of Enoch the Secrets of Enoch
THE BOOK OF THE SECRETS OF ENOCH.This new fragment of early literature came to light through certain manuscripts which were recently found in Russia and Servia and so far as is yet known has been preserved only in Slavonic. Little is known of its origin except that in its present form it was written somewhere about the beginning of the Christian era. Its final editor was a Greek and the place of its composition Egypt. Its value lies in the unquestioned influence which it has exerted on the writers of the New Testament. Some of the dark passages of the latter being all but inexplicable without its aid.
Although the very knowledge that such a book ever existed was lost for probably 1200 years, it nevertheless was much used by both Christian and heretic in the early centuries and forms a most valuable document in any study of the forms of early Christianity.
For 1200 years this book was known only to a few people in Russia. When it was finally revealed to the world in 1892, it was announced that it was a Slavonic version of The Book of Enoch. This was wrong, Once translated, it was found that we have an entirely different book on and about Enoch, described, by the editor, as having no less value than the other book. This is a completely new and valuable pseudoepigraph, one which every person should read who is interested in Apocalyptic literature and the origins of Christianity. This particular book was read extensively by many separate Christian groups during the first three centuries, and it has left us today with many traces of its influence. It is now time to bring this book back into print so we may relearn its value to the world. This work was written in Egypt and we have determined that its author or original editor was a Hellenistic Jew. The Greek original has been lost to history, but the Slavonic text somehow survived. In its original Greek form it had a direct influence on the writers of the New Testament. This book was also referred to by Origen and used by the Church father, Irenaeus. It was read by, and considered valuable, by the heretics of the day in addition to mainstream Christians. This may be one reason why it was excluded from the Bible. We do not believe in banning or keeping hidden important works that have proven to be of such value in the past.
The writing appeals to the reader who thrills to lend wings to his thoughts and fly to mystical realms. Here is a strange dramatization of eternity–with views on Creation, Anthropology, and Ethics. As the world was made in six days, so its history would be accomplished in 6,000 years (or 6,000,000 years), and this would be followed by 1,000 years of rest (possibly when the balance of conflicting moral forces has been struck and human life has reached the ideal state). At its close would begin the 8th Eternal Day, when time should be no more.
(i) An account of the mechanism of the world showing the machinery of the sun and moon in operation. Astronomy and an interesting ancient calendar. p. 82
(i) The Instruction. How Enoch instructed his sons
(i) Of Enoch’s assumption; how the angels took him into the first heaven.
(i) Of the Angels ruling the stars. p. 83
(i) Of how the Angels keep the store-houses of the snow.
(i) Of the dew and of the olive-oil, and various flowers
(i) Of how Enoch was taken on to the second heaven
(i) Of the assumption of Enoch to the third heaven p. 84
(i) The showing to Enoch of the place of the righteous and compassionate.
(i) Here they showed Enoch the terrible place and various tortures.
(i) Here they took Enoch up on to the fourth heaven where is the course of sun and moon. p. 85
(i) Of the very marvellous elements of the sun.
(i) The angels took Enoch and placed him in the east at the sun’s gates.
(i) They took Enoch to the West.
(i) The elements of the sun, the Phoenixes and Chalkydri broke into song. p. 86
(i) They took Enoch and again placed him in the east at the course of the moon.
(i) Of the singing’s of the angels, which it is impossible to describe.
(i) Of the taking of Enoch on to the fifth heaven. p. 87
(i) Of the taking of Enoch on to the sixth heaven. p. 88
(i) Hence they took Enoch into the Seventh Heaven.
(i) Of how the angels here left Enoch, at the end of the seventh Heaven, and went away from him unseen.
(i) In the tenth Heaven the archangel Michael led Enoch to before the Lord’s face. p. 89
(i) Of Enoch’s writing, how he wrote his wonderful journeying’s and the heavenly apparitions and himself wrote three hundred and sixty-six books.
(i) Of the great secrets of God, which God revealed and told to Enoch, and spoke with him face to face. p. 90
(i) God relates to Enoch, how out of the very lowest darkness comes down the visible and invisible.
(i) God summons from the very lowest a second time that Archas, heavy and very red should come forth.
(i) Of how God founded the water, and surrounded it with light, and established on it seven islands. p. 91
(i) The week in which God showed Enoch all his wisdom and power, throughout all the seven days, how he created all the heavenly and earthly forces and all moving things even down to man.
(i) Then it became evening, and then again morning, and it was the second day [ Monday is the first day] The fiery Essence. (ii) Here Satanail with his angels was thrown down from the height.
(i) And then I created all the heavens, and the third day was, [Tuesday.] p. 92
(i) God gives over paradise to Adam, and gives him a command to see the heavens opened, and that he should see the angels singing the song of victory. p. 93
(i) After Adam’s sin God sends him away into the earth ‘whence I took thee,’ but does not wish to ruin him for all years to come.
(i) God shows Enoch the age of this world, its existence of seven thousand years, and the eighth thousand is the end, neither years, nor months, nor weeks, nor days. p. 94
(i) God convicts the idolaters and Sodomitic fornicators, and therefore brings down a deluge upon them.
(i) God leaves one righteous man of Enoch’s tribe with his whole house, who did God’s pleasure according to his will.
(i) God commanded Enoch to live on earth thirty days, to give instruction to his sons and to his children’s children. After thirty days he was again taken on to heaven.
(i) Here God summons an angel. p. 95
(i) Mathusal continued to have hope and to await his father Enoch at his couch day and night.
(i) Enoch’s pitiful admonition to his sons with weeping and great lamentation, as he spoke to them
(i) Enoch admonishes his children truly of all things from the Lord’s lips, how he saw and heard and wrote down p. 96
(i) Of how Enoch lamented Adam’s sin
(i) Of how Enoch saw the key-holders and guards of the gates of hell standing.
(i) Enoch shows his children how he measured and wrote out God’s judgements p. 97
(i) Enoch instructs his sons, that they revile not the face of man, small or great
(i) God shows how he does not want from men sacrifices, nor burnt-offerings, but pure and contrite hearts
(i) Of how an earthly ruler does not accept from man abominable and unclean gifts, then how much more does God abominate unclean gifts, but sends them away with wrath and does not accept his gifts
(i) Enoch instructs his sons from God’s lips, and hands them the handwriting of this book p. 98
(i) Of the sun’s passage along the seven circles.
(i) Enoch instructs his sons not to swear either by heaven or earth, and shows God’s promise, even in the mother’s womb p. 99
(i) Of how none born on earth can remain hidden nor his work remain concealed, but he (sc. God) bids us be meek, to endure attack and insult, and not to offend widows and orphans
(i) Enoch instructs his sons, that they hide not treasures in the earth, but bids them give alms to the poor.
(i) God instructs his faithful. how they are to praise his name p. 100
(i) [Let us not say: ‘Our father is before God, he will stand forward for us on the day of judgement,’ for their father cannot help son, nor yet son father.]
(i) Enoch instructs his sons, that they should hand the books to others also.
(i) Here Enoch shows his sons, telling them with tears: ‘My children, the hour has approached for me to go up on to heaven; behold, the angels are standing before me.’
(i) Methosalam asks of his father blessing, that he (sc. Methosalam) may make him (sc. Enoch) food to eat.
(i) Enoch bade his son Methosalam. to summon all his brethren. p. 101
(i) Enoch’s instruction to his sons.
(i) Enoch instructs his sons wherefore they may not touch beef because of what comes from it
(i) He who does injury to soul of man, does injury to his own soul, and there is no cure for his flesh, nor pardon for all time. How it is not fitting to kill man neither by weapon nor by tongue p. 102
(i) Enoch instructs his sons to keep themselves from injustice and often to stretch forth hands to the poor, to give a share of their labours
(i) Of how it is fitting to bring one’s gift with faith, because there is no repentance after death
(i) Of how not to despise the poor, but to share with them equally, lest thou be murmured against before God
(i) Of how the Lord calls up Enoch, and people took counsel to go and kiss him at the place called Achuzan p. 103
(i) Of Enoch’s instruction of his sons
(i) Enoch instructs his sons and all the elders of the people, how they are to walk with terror and trembling before the Lord, and serve him alone and not bow down to idols, but to God, who created heaven and earth and. every creature, and to his image p. 104
(i) The Lord let out darkness on to earth and covered the people and Enoch, and he was taken up on high, and light came again in the heaven
(i) Epilogue of Enoch’s Birth and Death p. 105
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