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The Use Of Scripture In 1 Enoch 17–19

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The purpose of this chapter is to see what light is cast on the meaning of chapters 17-19 of 1 Enoch, by its use of scripture. In chapters 17-19 there are no explicit quotations from the Hebrew Bible, but it is not hard to recognise numerous allusions to passages in the Hebrew Bible and numerous parallel passages, and the commentaries are full of such references. There seems to be a sufficient volume of evidence in 1 Enoch 17-19 to justify an enquiry into its use of scripture. 1 Enoch 17-19 gives an account of Enochs first journey through the cosmos and reaches its climax in the description of the mountain that reached to heaven, like the throne of God (18:8), and of the prison for the stars that transgressed the Lords command and for the angels who were promiscuous with the women (18:12-19:2).

Keywords: 1 Enoch; Hebrew Bible; Scripture



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