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The Ethiopic Book Of Enoch In Recent Research

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The Ethiopic Book of Enoch is one of the most important writings to have survived from the latter part of the Second Temple period, important both for the information it provides concerning the development of Judaism in that period and as a prime example of an apocalypse. The fact that the Aramaic fragments of Enoch found at Qumran belonged to no less than eleven manuscripts is in itself evidence of the authority that the book enjoyed for a time in Jewish circles, at least amongst the groups that lie behind the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Book of Enoch, is of major importance as an example of an apocalypse, and the Book of Watchers, dating from the end of the third century B.C.E., is the oldest Jewish apocalypse that we possess and several decades older than the Book of Daniel, which has traditionally been accorded this status.

Keywords: Book of Daniel; Book of Watchers; Ethiopic Book of Enoch



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