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The Structure And Composition Of The Parables Of Enoch

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The Book of Parables forms some of the latest material to be included in the Ethiopic Book of Enoch, and it is apparent that the authors drew their inspiration from the sections of 1 Enoch that were already in existence, particularly the Book of the Watchers, on which the Book of Parables to some extent seems consciously modeled. The Book of Parables, as has been suggested, effectively represents a continuation of the otherworldly journey described in the Book of the Watchers, but its literary form differs in some respects from that of the latter work. This chapter first gives some general comments on the structure of the Book of Parables, and then considers its structure in a little more detail. The chapter describes the structure of the Introduction (chapter 37), The First Parable (chapters 38-44), The Second Parable (chapters 45-57), The Third Parable (chapters 58-69), and The Ending (chapters 70-71).

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



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