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Enochic Wisdom And Its Relationship To The Mosaic Torah

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In the broader context of Jewish literature, the corpus that we call 1 Enoch presents the interpreter with some unusual facts about its relationship to the Mosaic Torah. Firstly, the chapter summarizes, principally, the theses of the three previous discussions of the topic. Secondly, it addresses some of the issues that Andreas Bedenbender raises in the article that precedes this one. Finally, the chapter lays out some further reflections on the matter. The category of revealed wisdom appears in the Book of the Watchers (5:8; 32:6), the Book of Parables (37:1-2), the Astronomical Book in what appears to have been a redactional bridge that originally joined the Book of the Watchers to the Epistle (82:1-3),14 the Epistle (92:1; 98:8; 99:10; 104:12), including the Apocalypse of Weeks (93:10), and possibly in the Animal Apocalypse, which construes law as revelation under the metaphor of opening Israel's eyes (89:28; 90:6).

Keywords: Andreas Bedenbender; animal apocalypse; divine law; enochic wisdom; Epistle; Israel; Mosaic Torah



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