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Enoch in Armenian Apocrypha

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This chapter explores some of the benefits and challenges of tracing the trajectories of the apocalyptic tradition into Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages - in their variety and vitality and in their rich and varied connections to Second Temple Judaism. In this chapter, the author makes a tentative foray into Armenian apocryphal traditions related to the figure of Enoch and to the Second Temple Jewish apocalypses penned in his name. Just, we might posit that Enoch was granted only a generic role as eschatological prophet - perhaps best explained as the extension of the comments in Jude and the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs on the model of the visions in Daniel and Revelation. There are indeed notable parallels between treatments of antediluvian history in Syriac and Armenian sources.

Keywords: antediluvian history; Armenian apocryphal traditions; Enoch; eschatological prophet; Second Temple Judaism



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