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Interpreting The Book Of Enoch: Reflections On A Recently Published Commentary

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The publication by George Nickelsburg of the first part of his long-awaited commentary on 1 Enoch represents the fruit of some thirty years work. The volume is intended as a commentary on the compilation of traditions in 4QEnc. Nickelsburg characterizes the Enochic material as divinely revealed wisdom and sees the Enochic authors as having shared interests with scribal figures such as Ben Sira. But if much in this commentary is to be welcomed, it does also raise some fundamental questions of approach as well as a host of questions about points of detail. Amongst the former is Nickelsburgs account of the literary genesis of 1 Enoch; his characterization of the book as a testament; and the methodology he has adopted for his translation. The chapter also comments on one or two broad exegetical issues on Nickelsburg's commentary.

Keywords: 4QEnc; Book of Enoch; George Nickelsburg



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