The Book of the Secrets of Enoch [a.k.a. 2 Enoch] Chapter 00.0 Overview

A transcript from: The Forgotten Books of Eden, by Rutherford H. Platt, Jr., [1926], at sacred-texts.com

Section 2.0 Book of Enoch 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.


Chapter 01.
(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

Chapter 02.
(i) The Instruction. How Enoch instructed his sons

Chapter 03.
(i) Of Enoch’s assumption; how the angels took him into the first heaven.

Chapter 04.
(i) Of the Angels ruling the stars. p. 83

Chapter 05.
(i) Of how the Angels keep the store-houses of the snow.

Chapter 06.
(i) Of the dew and of the olive-oil, and various flowers

Chapter 07.
(i) Of how Enoch was taken on to the second heaven

Chapter 08.
(i) Of the assumption of Enoch to the third heaven p. 84

Chapter 09.
(i) The showing to Enoch of the place of the righteous and compassionate.

Chapter 10.
(i) Here they showed Enoch the terrible place and various tortures.

Chapter 11.
(i) Here they took Enoch up on to the fourth heaven where is the course of sun and moon. p. 85

Chapter 12.
(i) Of the very marvellous elements of the sun.

Chapter 13.
(i) The angels took Enoch and placed him in the east at the sun’s gates.

Chapter 14.
(i) They took Enoch to the West.

Chapter 15.
(i) The elements of the sun, the Phoenixes and Chalkydri broke into song. p. 86

Chapter 16.
(i) They took Enoch and again placed him in the east at the course of the moon.

Chapter 17.
(i) Of the singing’s of the angels, which it is impossible to describe.

Chapter 18.
(i) Of the taking of Enoch on to the fifth heaven. p. 87

Chapter 19.
(i) Of the taking of Enoch on to the sixth heaven. p. 88

Chapter 20.
(i) Hence they took Enoch into the Seventh Heaven.

Chapter 21.
(i) Of how the angels here left Enoch, at the end of the seventh Heaven, and went away from him unseen.

Chapter 22.
(i) In the tenth Heaven the archangel Michael led Enoch to before the Lord’s face. p. 89

Chapter 23.
(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.

Chapter 24.
(i) Of the great secrets of God, which God revealed and told  to Enoch, and spoke with him face to face. p. 90

Chapter 25.
(i) God relates to Enoch, how out of the very lowest darkness comes down the visible and invisible.

Chapter 26.
(i) God summons from the very lowest a second time that Archas, heavy and very red should come forth.

Chapter 27.
(i) Of how God founded the water, and surrounded it with light, and established on it seven islands. p. 91

Chapter 28.
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.

Chapter 29.
(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.

Chapter 30.
(i) And then I created all the heavens, and the third day was, [Tuesday.] p. 92

Chapter 31.
(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

Chapter 32.
(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.

Chapter 33.
(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

Chapter 34.
(i) God convicts the idolaters and Sodomitic fornicators, and therefore brings down a deluge upon them.

Chapter 35.
(i) God leaves one righteous man of Enoch’s tribe with his whole house, who did God’s pleasure according to his will.

Chapter 36.
(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.

Chapter 37.
(i) Here God summons an angel. p. 95

Chapter 38.
(i) Mathusal continued to have hope and to await his father Enoch at his couch day and night.

Chapter 39.
(i) Enoch’s pitiful admonition to his sons with weeping and great lamentation, as he spoke to them

Chapter 40.
(i) Enoch admonishes his children truly of all things from the Lord’s lips, how he saw and heard and wrote down p. 96

Chapter 41.
(i) Of how Enoch lamented Adam’s sin

Chapter 42.
(i) Of how Enoch saw the key-holders and guards of the gates of hell standing.

Chapter 43.
(i) Enoch shows his children how he measured and wrote out God’s judgements p. 97

Chapter 44.
(i) Enoch instructs his sons, that they revile not the face of man, small or great

Chapter 45.
(i) God shows how he does not want from men sacrifices, nor burnt-offerings, but pure and contrite hearts

Chapter 46.
(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

Chapter 47.
(i) Enoch instructs his sons from God’s lips, and hands them the handwriting of this book p. 98

Chapter 48.
(i) Of the sun’s passage along the seven circles.

Chapter 49.
(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

Chapter 50.
(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

Chapter 51.
(i) Enoch instructs his sons, that they hide not treasures in the earth, but bids them give alms to the poor.

Chapter 52.
(i) God instructs his faithful. how they are to praise his name p. 100

Chapter 53.
(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.]

Chapter 54.
(i) Enoch instructs his sons, that they should hand the books to others also.

Chapter 55.
(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.’

Chapter 56.
(i) Methosalam asks of his father blessing, that he (sc. Methosalam) may make him (sc. Enoch) food to eat.

Chapter 57.
(i) Enoch bade his son Methosalam. to summon all his brethren. p. 101

Chapter 58.
(i) Enoch’s instruction to his sons.

Chapter 59.
(i) Enoch instructs his sons wherefore they may not touch beef because of what comes from it

Chapter 60.
(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

Chapter 61.
(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

Chapter 62.
(i) Of how it is fitting to bring one’s gift with faith, because there is no repentance after death

Chapter 63.
(i) Of how not to despise the poor, but to share with them equally, lest thou be murmured against before God

Chapter 64.
(i) Of how the Lord calls up Enoch, and people took counsel to go and kiss him at the place called Achuzan p. 103

Chapter 65.
(i) Of Enoch’s instruction of his sons

Chapter 66.
(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

Chapter 67.
(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

Chapter 68.
(i) Epilogue of Enoch’s Birth and Death p. 105


Note: [See Chapter 15, 16 & 17 also 21. What the world was like before Creation, see Chapter 24. Chapter 26 is especially picturesque. A unique account of how Satan was created Chapter 29.]

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