What Is "The Book of Enoch"?


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"The Book of Enoch" is a Jewish religious work purportedly written by Enoch, the grandson of Noah. A few small Christian and Jewish groups accept "The Book of Enoch" as a canonical part of scripture, but most do not.

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Research indicates that "The Book of Enoch" dates from between the third and first century B.C. It consists of several loosely related passages telling the story of Enoch within a larger apocalyptic and moral framework. It also includes a series of parables, a discussion of astronomy and an "Epistle of Enoch." Early Christians knew of "The Book of Enoch," and a small section of it is quoted in the New Testament in the "Epistle of Jude."

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