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1 Enoch

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This chapter takes up John Collins's suggestion and examines the underlying concepts operative in some of the constituent books within the collection of works known as 1 Enoch. As the foundational section within the collection, the chapter initially focuses on the Book of the Watchers. The Book of the Watchers is itself a composite of earlier traditions that have been brought together into what James VanderKam describes as "a passable literary unity". The Book of Parables is primarily concerned with the revelation of heavenly truths or secrets to Enoch: he, therefore, is the one who is capable of revealing "the treasuries of what is hidden". The study of the Enochic testament has highlighted that the eschatology of the text is best understood as "inaugurated", and that the revealing of wisdom to a chosen minority or remnant is the key inaugural event.

Keywords: 1 Enoch; Book of Parables; Book of the Watchers; James VanderKam



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