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Reflections On The Status Of The Early Enochic Writings

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This chapter aims to address in the case of 1 Enoch some of the questions raised by Mladen Popovic in his prospectus for this symposium and to consider what evidence exists for the view that the early Enochic writings (the Astronomical Book and the Book of Watchers, the Book of Dreams and the Epistle) were regarded as authoritative by the community at Qumran and by other Jews, in what respects they were so regarded, and what are the implications. Evidence from other scrolls supports the view that the early Enochic writings were regarded as authoritative texts at Qumran. The fact that the early Enochic writings were translated into Greek, and that they spawned other writings linked to the figure of Enoch, particularly the Book of Parables and 2 Enoch, is further evidence of the authority they enjoyed.

Keywords: 1 Enoch; Astronomical Book; authoritative texts; Book of Dreams; Book of Watchers; Enochic writings; Mladen Popović; Qumran



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