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sure my name is David Wilber and I'm an

author speaker and Bible teacher I focus

a lot on Christian apologetics how to

defend the Bible in Christianity's truth

claims so David there's a lot of

believers today and you hear about it a

lot they're interested in the Book of

Enoch can you tell us a little bit about

the Book of Enoch and maybe its

significance to early New Testament

believers as well as you know is it

significant to us today yes so the Book

of Enoch is properly referred to as

first Enoch and that's because there are

other much later writings that also bear

the name Enoch so scholars have numbered

these writings to distinguish them from

each other

you have first Enoch second Enoch and

thirty knock so when people talk about

the quote book of Enoch what they're

referring to is first Enoch so this book

is actually a collection of writings

that has been preserved for us only in

late manuscripts written in an ethiop ik

language known as guess parts of it have

also been found in a few Greek

manuscripts as well as Aramaic fragments

that have been found among the Dead Sea

Scrolls and just to give some basic

information about the Book of Enoch that

is first Enoch these writings are known

as pseudepigrapha what's that well to

put it very simply pseudepigrapha are

ancient writings that falsely claimed

authorship by a biblical character this

type of literature was extremely common

in the ancient world especially between

200 BCE to 200 CE II which is around the

time most of these writings that make up

the Book of Enoch are believed to have

been written so in the case of the Book

of Enoch these writings claim Enoch as

their author now no scholar believes

that the patriarch Enoch in the Bible

actually wrote the book of

knock again it's pseudepigrapha we know

Enoch couldn't have written it because

the authors of Enoch make use of later

biblical writings like Isaiah and Daniel

Mount Sinai is even mentioned by name in

first Enoch 1:4 which obviously came way

after Enochs time and I could go on and

on listing more examples like that but

there's really no question that Enoch is

pseudepigrapha it's a collection of

writings written by multiple authors and

pieced together over the last few

centuries BCE

having said that Enoch is very valuable

it it gives us a window into the ancient

world and the different beliefs and

debates among the various Judaism's of

the Second Temple era so in that sense

it's very valuable we also know that

some of the New Testament authors were

aware of these writings and likely

utilized them in their own writings I'll

get to that in a minute

but first what about the question of

divine inspiration and authority

concerning the Book of Enoch because

there's some fringe groups on the

internet that actually advocate that

first Enoch among other pseudepigrapha

ought to be considered inspired

scripture the same as Daniel and

Jeremiah

now obviously the Book of Enoch is not

part of the Bible and there are very

good reasons for that I'll just give a

couple number one the Messiah did not

consider the Book of Enoch to be

inspired Scripture the biblical canon of

Yeshua's day had a three-fold division

known as the Torah Nevi'im and Ketuvim

that is the law the prophets and the

writings and that was and is the shape

of the Old Testament Canon of Scripture

it's known by the acronym to knock and

the contents of this Canon match the Old

Testament Canon in our Protestant Bibles

today this threefold Canon is referenced

not only in the New Testament but also

throughout other Jewish literature

before and after the time of Christ

for instance Ben Sira the author of the

apocryphal book

the wisdom of Sirach he had a grandson

who translated his grandfather's

writings into Greek around 130 BCE this

translator wrote his own prologue to his

translation wherein he makes reference

to this threefold shape of the Old

Testament Canon and remarkably the

translator distinguishes his

grandfather's writings that is the

wisdom of Sirach from the law prophets

and writings so we see that by 130 BCE

the books contained in this threefold

Canon were already widely considered to

be uniquely sacred and distinct from any

additional writings including the

apocryphal writings Josephus in the 90s

seee

he also testifies to this threefold

canon of Scripture in a passage from

against a peon so there's no manuscript

or historical evidence that indicates

that pseudepigrapha such as first Enoch

were ever accepted as part of this

threefold canon of Scripture neither the

Greek Septuagint nor the Hebrew

Masoretic text include first enoch in

their sets so the evidence we have from

primary sources confirms that the

biblical canon during Yeshua's day

excluded first Enoch why is that

important well because Yeshua fully

affirmed the biblical canon of his day

defining it as Scripture he makes direct

reference to this canon in Luke 24:44

therefore the Messiah the eternal son of

God himself he did not consider the Book

of Enoch Scripture the second point I

would make on this is that the teaching

contained in the Book of Enoch is in

direct conflict with Scripture the most

significant example of this is the fact

that the Book of Enoch literally teaches

a false messiah according to the

parables of Enoch which is chapters 37

through 71 Enoch is taken into heaven

where he has shown prophetic visions

concerning a future messianic figure

this messianic figure goes by several

titles such

son of man chosen one and anointed one

and the author writes about how this

messianic figure is going to fulfill all

of these prophecies that we find in

books like Daniel Isaiah Ezekiel and so

forth

for instance chapter 48 of Enoch

describes how this figure will be a

light to the nation's as Isaiah talks

about it goes on to say that all who

dwell on the earth will worship Him and

that the righteous will have salvation

in his name and then at the end of the

parables of Enoch we encounter an

interesting passage in chapter 71 of

Enoch Enoch he's taken into the quote

heaven of heavens where he is greeted by

God and the Archangels and it is here

where we learned the identity of the Son

of man figure that Enoch had been seen

in his visions

we are told clearly who the author of

the parables of Enoch thinks the Messiah

is and it ain't Jesus it's not Yeshua

its Enoch now obviously this puts the

teaching of first Enoch in direct

conflict with the New Testament and the

New Testament Yeshua is the Messianic

son of man who fulfills Biblical

prophecy he's the one who will rule the

world sit on God's throne in the at the

end of the age judge and receive worship

in the world to come so that's a pretty

big conflict and there are many other

conflicts with biblical teaching that

disqualify the Book of Enoch from being

considered Scripture now someone might

point out that Jude quotes Enoch in Jude

14 through 15 therefore they'll say

shouldn't we consider first Enoch

scripture since Jude quotes it however

the fact that Jude quotes the Book of

Enoch doesn't entail that it's inspired

the biblical authors quoted plenty of

material that nobody would consider to

be inspired by God for instance Paul

quotes Greek poems in acts 17:28 surely

he didn't consider these poems that

literally exalt Zeus to be inspired by

the God of Israel the biblical authors

quoted extra biblical material that was

meaning

full to their contemporary audience that

doesn't mean the material itself is

inspired it could be compared for

example to a pastor today quoting a

popular movie like Star Wars a movie

might teach meaningful lessons that

align with biblical values but nobody

today believes movies are inspired

obviously you know is the same with the

Apostles they quoted material that was

relevant and meaningful to their

audience to teach a lesson in their own

writings so in summary the Book of Enoch

tremendously valuable if you are

interested in learning more about the

different beliefs and ideas floating

around the Judaism's of the second tubal

era but definitely not Scripture

definitely not inspired by God thanks

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