What Is The Book Of Enoch? Does It Belong In The Bible?

What Is The Book Of Enoch? Does It Belong In The Bible? September 6, 2017

What is the Book of Enoch? Does it belong in the Bible? Is it genuine or fake?

The Book of Jude

One of the last books in the Bible is about things that were already taking place in the day the author wrote this, but there are some striking similarities with what he says about false teachers that is just as relevant then as it is today. Jude’s motivation for writing this letter was evident from the beginning, writing, “I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ” (Jude 1:3-4). The first point I believe Jude makes is that the faith has already been delivered, one time, and one time only. It’s written in the past tense, so there’s no indication that we need to contend for the faith that will still yet be delivered. Jude adds that we must contend for that original faith already delivered (Eph 2:8-9). It needs no changing. We need no new revelation. The Bible is more than sufficient and efficient. It needs no modification or selling points. It’s as done as Jesus saying, “It is finished.” Even though it’s not broke, people try to fix it, and by doing so, they “pervert the grace of our God” into “sensuality,” or “following their own ungodly passions” (Jude 1:18), and bring their false teachings into the church. Others deny Jesus Christ came in the flesh or is God and has existed for all eternity. Finally, notice that they creep in, trying not to be noticed, but quickly subvert the gospel of grace into one of all kinds of sensuality and ungodly passions.

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The Prophecy of Enoch

There is no evidence to suggest that when Jude wrote this letter, he was using “the” Book of Enoch as a reference. Jude simply writes, “Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones” (Jude 1:14). There is no reference about a Book of Enoch, so all that we know is Jude repeated a prophecy that Enoch made long ago, and it may have been something handed down by oral tradition. Otherwise, we might expect Jude to write, “Have you not read how He comes with ten thousands of his holy ones.” It is true that Jesus is coming with His holy ones and, and it is to “to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him” (Jude 1:15), but Jude is writing in the context of false teachers. About those who had crept in, almost unaware, but who “are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage” (Jude 1:16). There is certainly no resemblance to Christ in these false teaches, at least by their fruits, so Jude had already been dealing with those who were perverting the gospel, and Jude was only using Enoch’s prophecy that their day of judgment is coming. This quote is certainly no proof that the Book of Enoch is inspired, or that it is even the original, if ever there was one. The Book of Enoch we have today may not even be the same one that was originally written, if there was one written in the first place.

The Book of Enoch

One quote that I find hard to believe in the so-called “Book of Enoch” is where “when the angels,” (7:2), or “the sons of heaven, beheld them, they became enamoured of them, saying to each other, Come, let us select for ourselves wives from the progeny of men, and let us beget children” (7:3), so “they took wives, each choosing for himself; whom they began to approach, and with whom they cohabited; teaching them sorcery, incantations, and the dividing of roots and trees” (7:10), and supposedly, “the women conceiving brought forth giants” (7:11), and “Whose stature was each three hundred cubits.” (7:12). Since one cubit is approximately 24 inches, 300 cubits would equal 600 feet! That’s a bit of a stretch to me, and there has been zero fossil or archeological evidence of 300 foot humans or angelic-human hybrids. Even stranger since Jesus said the angels don’t marry or aren’t given in marriage (Matt 22:30). Either this extra-biblical book is wrong, or Jesus is. We’re left with no option but to conclude that the Book of Enoch is not inspired and has never been accepted as biblical canon by the Jews or in the canon of Scripture (the Bible), and for a lot more reasons than what’s been given here. Most Bible scholars believe the Book of Enoch is pseudepigraphal, or a falsely attributed work of Enoch and whose texts they claim as being of his authorship, but all evidence says this is unfounded, and today, it’s impossible to prove. The Book of Enoch might have some interesting historical facts, or it might be inspiring, but it is not inspired by God. I like to read about history, but if I know that the history book I’m reading has errors in it, it’s not going to be as an enjoyable read anymore. Same thing applies to the Book of Enoch. It’s interesting, but so is a lot of fiction.

Conclusion

There are actually groups who adhere to and teach from the Book of Enoch, even though it’s not inspired by God. I wonder why? Perhaps it’s because they sell a lot of books by a lot of authors who claim they have found the true meaning of the Book of Enoch for our day today or that there is some hidden messages in it. I found some hidden things, but they were theological mistakes and more…it is not inspired by God, and if it’s not inspired by God, then we know it’s a product of man. What you read today as the Book of Enoch cannot be Enoch’s original work, if there ever was one, so we must treat this “book” like all the other Apocryphal books; they’re interesting, and have some historical facts, but they are not inspired and they are not trustworthy as theological teachings.

 1. The Book of Enoch sometimes referred to a 1 Enoch or Ethiopian Enoch. http://www.reluctant-messenger.com/1enoch01-60.htm

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas.  Jack is a writer at Christian Quotes and also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • Tee Eef

    Everything written in the bible is true hence we found in the book of Jude referring to the book of Enock. If the bible is true and the contains of the book of Jude are true then that reference by Prophet Jude to the book of Enock shows that the book of Enock is true and is correct. They are a lot references made by Prophet Enock taking for instance the origins of the giants (the Canaanites)

    • pud

      Is that so? Show me how an ax head can float on water. Waiting…

      • Rich Zebro

        Show me how people dead and buried come back to life – with eyewitnesses

        • pud

          Yeah, show me. lol Don’t forget to name the eyewitnesses and their email addresses

    • Rich Zebro

      There is a difference between there once being a “book of Enock” and the writings in circulation today being the “book of Enock”

    • If everything written in the bible is true, then God is a genocide general who commanded the slaughter of the Canaanites because they were very wicked. How are babies so wicked that they deserve being slaughtered? How can this command to murder babies be from God? So, it this is so, then the bible is not true (at least in some of its parts).

  • Tee Eef

    I believe what the Prophets of Says about Prophet Enock please for more information see and view the sermons on YouTube
    https://youtu.be/oLEnkToKPIc

    • pud

      Idiot con man taking money from the stupid masses

      • Tee Eef

        That’s not factual at all we are talking about the book of Enoch here and nothing more who told you to give money go to the facts my man, you don’t have to insult people especially if you are a christian. Let remain of facts if there is anything to comment about.

  • pud

    Hahhahahahhahahhaaaa!!!!

    “One quote that I find hard to believe in the so-called “Book of Enoch” is where “when the angels,” (7:2), or “the sons of heaven, beheld them, they became enamoured of them, saying to each other, Come, let us select for ourselves wives from the progeny of men, and let us beget children” (7:3), so “they took wives, each choosing for himself; whom they began to approach, and with whom they cohabited; teaching them sorcery, incantations, and the dividing of roots and trees” (7:10), and supposedly, “the women conceiving brought forth giants” (7:11), and “Whose stature was each three hundred cubits.” (7:12). Since one cubit is approximately 24 inches, 300 cubits would equal 600 feet! That’s a bit of a stretch to me, and there has been zero fossil or archeological evidence of 300 foot humans or angelic-human hybrids.”

    BUT TALKING SNAKES AND DONKEYS?… NO PROBLEM!

    ANGELS AND DEMONS ARE A-OK!…BUT HYBRIDS!…RIDICULOUS! hahahhahhaa!

    YOU ARE INSANE! lol

    “300 cubits would equal 600 feet! That’s a bit of a stretch to me”

    Just a “bit” jack? LOL!! BUT GIANT WOODEN BOATS FILLED WITH DINOSAURS, A 6000 YEAR OLD EARTH AND WALKING ON WATER IS TOTALLY BELIEVABLE!! LOL!!

    And of course this BOOK can’t be inspired by a deity like all the others the CHURCH voted to include! You KNOW this how jackster?

    “there has been zero fossil or archeological evidence of 300 foot humans or angelic-human hybrids.”

    Since when did you care anything about EVIDENCE?

    Let’s see the EVIDENCE for angels, demons, adam and eve, global floods, sun standing still in the sky, 900 year old men!

    Where’s the EVIDENCE for the “exodus”, jesus, god, heaven, hell, satan on and on and on through everyone of your absurd BELIEFS that have NO EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER! and you care about evidence? LOL!!!!

    hahahhahaha! Damn near pissed myself when I read this crap

    • Sam Andrew

      There is a strange irony going on there…there is a fascinating site called answering Islam where Christians pick apart Islamic beliefs, the lack of contemporary sources, contradictions within the Quran, problems with its transmission and interpretation, evidence within the text of popular apocryphal stories etc….yet they are incapable of applying the same reasoning and analysis to their own ‘sacred’ texts.

      • pud

        The religious are wed to their ideas. Most are indoctrinated from an early age (brain washed) They belong to cults that bind them to group think and make it nearly impossible for them to reject their superstitions for fear of isolation mentally and socially no matter how stupid they actually perceive the nonsense they “believe” Pastor jack is a simple minded bumpkin from Bumfuck Kansas who’s made his entire living lying to children and propagating this idiocy to the credulous masses of his hayseed community. It would take an “act of god” for him to see his own hypocrisy …lol

        • Sam Andrew

          Yet had he been born in Saudi Arabia he’d probably have a blog call Caliphate Crier….I don’t think Pastor Wellman is an idiot, he’s an intelligent articulate man, though sometimes I wonder if some of the things he is writing are more to convince himself. Good point on fear of social isolation, I have met numerous people, even before I finally broke out of the religion forced upon me in childhood, that if they were honest do not really believe Christianity but turn up and convince themselves for the sake of their family…it is sad and causes a lot of trauma, passive aggressive behaviors and mental anguish, including depression and anxiety.

          • pud

            I’ve heard countless stories of “atheists” coming out of the closet and losing their families and friends. The Mormons make “shunning” an art form. The muslim lunatics kill apostates. There are pretty powerful forces compelling people to remain within the embrace of their respective cults. Once indoctrinated as I’m sure jack was it’s nearly impossible to escape. There are entire groups dedicated to helping people overcome their mental shackles…”The clergy project” comes to mind where they offer support to hundreds of ministers and priests who finally rejected their cult doctrines and have no clue what to do with themselves. I’d wager that jack couldn’t get a job as a dog catcher so he more than most is a slave to his “faith”

  • Tee Eef

    May you open these URL and take your time to view them these was sermons by Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa about Prophet Enoch Thank you for bring the topic its quiet interesting.

    https://youtu.be/UJksfDKL3ag
    https://youtu.be/eP5NkNTe2sk
    https://youtu.be/oLEnkToKPIc
    https://youtu.be/oLEnkToKPIc

    Please note also that in the book of Genesis Enoch was described as a man who walked with God and is one of the people who didn’t see human death was taken by God with his body therefore he is being referred not once but on many occasions in the bible.

  • Doug Barron

    Pastor Wellman;
    I am currently wading through the book of Enoch, and find it fascinating; though I agree with you that it is not inspired. It appears to be a conglomeration of historical and mystical thought; sort of a narrative of Hebrew mystical thought of the day. There could be some truth in it, but as you state; it has much error that cannot be rectified. I am fascinated by the Hebrew use of symbolism in the book. That illuminates to me that one reason Jesus used so many parable and word picture illustrations in His teaching, is that this is a major way that the Jewish mindset, method of memorizing and learning was accomplished. Thank you for tackling a subject that most expositors do not want to adress!

    • pud

      Cherry jello being served in the main dining hall! Hurry!

    • pud

      He…your made up invisible jesus…could have written it down dummy or made a video last year. Funny how none of that happened eh given his babble being the most important message of all time!?

    • Jack Wellman

      Thank you sir. I know that there are groups that exclusively focused on this book and that’s sad, because it takes their eyes off of Jesus Christ. Love your thoughts on Jesus’ use of teh parables. Great point indeed.

  • Sam Andrew

    RE Angel/Human Hybrids quote, this is very similar to Genesis Chapter 6 “It happened, when men began to multiply on the surface of the ground, and daughters were born to them, that God’s sons saw that men’s daughters were beautiful, and they took for themselves wives of all that they chose. Yahweh said, “My Spirit will not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; yet will his days be one hundred twenty years.” The Nephilim were in the earth in those days, and also after that, when God’s sons came in to men’s daughters. They bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.” Here “Gods sons” is likely referring to Angelic beings, whilst it doesn’t speak about exact heights like Enoch does, it does suggest a belief in these hybrid Nephilim creatures…so not sure that’s a reason to reject it.

    More generally there are a lot of books and texts now considered apocryphal in Protestant churches that were once held as sacred and inspired by different early Christian groups, e.g. Shepard of Hermas, Gospel of Peter and Thomas, indeed the Ethiopian church considers numerous additional works inspired. If such books they are not considered official now it has, I suspect its not because other books were more inspired by God, rather it is the product of arguments and divisions within the early church that has lead to these books being labelled uninspired in different regions.

  • stefanstackhouse

    Just because a text isn’t inspired scripture doesn’t mean that there can’t be some true bits in it. On the other hand, even if everything in a given text happens to be true, that alone isn’t enough to make it inspired scripture.
    The fact that one of the human authors of one of the new testament documents might have quoted from one or two old texts does not elevate those texts to the status of inspired scripture; they just happened to have some true bits in them, and “all truth is God’s truth.”

    We read books that are not inspired scripture all the time, some of them quite old. There is nothing wrong with that, at least if such texts are more-or-less true in their contents (and there are plenty that are).

    • Jack Wellman

      So true what you said that we cannot learn some “true bits in it.” Same with other books, as you said, but even though it might be inspirining, we cannot hold it up as the inspired Word of God. To prove one point you made, A.W. Tozier’s The Attributes of God is not inspired, but wow, it is inspiring, and it’s got more than bits in it…. Thank you for your comment my friend.

  • Mark Andersen

    My only problem with your comments is your decision that the Book is not inspired by God. We do not and cannot know that, as the only entity that has ever decided whether the books of the Bible or any other book for that matter are inspired by God has been MAN.

    • Jack Wellman

      Thank you Mr. Anderson. We can say that God did not want it in the Bible, or else it would have been there. This much we know for sure.

      • What role did the church power brokers of the 4th century CE play in deciding which books would be included and which would be excluded from the church canon? Didn’t church politics play a bigger role than any so-called Holy Spirit?

      • How about the ‘Book of Enoch’ was considered as scripture by many of the early Church Fathers such as:
        1) Athenagoras of Athens (c. 133 – c. 190 AD), an Ante-Nicene Christian apologist
        2) Clement of Alexandria (c. 150 – c. 215 AD), a Christian theologian. He was previously revered in the Roman Catholic Church, but his name was removed from the Roman Martyrology in 1586 by Pope Sixtus V because Baronius, an Italian cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church advised him. Pope Benedict XIV conferred upon him the title of Venerable. (We can trust the heretical Vatican, RIGHT???)
        3) Irenaeus (c. 140 – c. 202 AD), a Greek theologian who combated early HERESY by defending the faith of the Orthodox Church (Christ’s orthodoxy/theology). He had heard the preaching of Polycarp, who the John the Evangelist disciple.
        4) Tertullian (c. 155 – c. 240 AD), an early Christian apologist and a polemicist against heresy, including contemporary Christian Gnosticism, a Roman prolific early Christian author. He wrote that the ‘Book of Enoch’ had been REJECTED BY the Jews because it contained prophecies pertaining to Christ.

        But later Fathers DENIED the canonicity of the ‘Book of Enoch’, and some even considered the Epistle of Jude uncanonical BECAUSE it refers to an “apocryphal” work [30 — Cf. Gerome, Catal. Script. Eccles. 4]. And WHO are the “later Fathers”??? Yes!!! The Heretics of Vatican!!!

        The Book of Enoch was included in both the formal canon of the Tanakh and the typical canon of the Septuagint, but it was EXCLUDED by the 4th century. And one has to ask WHY??? WHO did NOT like it and WHY did NOT like it???

        Just a reminder: Several copies of the 1Enoch were preserved among the Dead Sea Scrolls.
        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8ccd06757dccbcbbd72816bd24750766f2a3667069e961f05219781cfe70eb89.png

      • Enoch Shown WHAT he saw and … What NO Other Man Has Seen

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8l8lSXu0SQ0

        AMAZING! INSPIRING QUOTES OF JΕSUS CHRΙST FROM ENOCH

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukXIdxJbxDk

  • Sadly, this article reflects the gross ignorance evident in our churches today, as well as the knee-jerk reactions from those in authority who suddenly realize they’re out of step with the body of Christ. The Book of Enoch (or 1 Enoch) is not only directly quoted by Jude, but Peter, Paul and no less an authority than Jesus Christ himself, who calls the Book of Enoch “scripture” when speaking to the Sadducees in Matthew 22:30 where he tells them “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures,” and then immediately references Enoch 15:6-7.

    Additionally, Matthew 22:30, which the author uses as a way of saying angels don’t marry and therefore we should ignore Enoch (and the clear interpretation of Genesis 6), fails to comprehend that Jesus is referring to OBEDIENT angels. Nowhere does Scripture say angels CAN’T marry, and it’s very clear that angels can materialize in bodily form. As far as the 300 meter giants are concerned, the Bible in numerous places (besides Gen 6) speaks of giants, and if you accept the premise of dinosaurs, then you should have no problem with Nephilim giants, or the hybrid races (spoken of in Jubilees, as well) account for these creatures in myths of all the ancient peoples (chimeras, minotaurs, centaurs, etc.). Enoch places them in the correct context, as the evil experiments of the fallen angels attempting to corrupt the genetic material of the Creator.

    For anyone interested in the subject, there are several excellent and scholarly books on the subject, including that of respected PhD Christian scholar, Michael S. Heiser (see the Unseen Realm and Reversing Hermon). Educate yourselves, pray on the subject, and do the research. I won’t go so far as to say this “pastor” is false (because I don’t know enough about him), but I will say there are false teachers and those who’ve chosen not to following the leadings of Christ in the Last Days, clinging instead of unprofitable, spiritually dead ways of thinking.

    • You are so RIGHT!!!
      “Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, 2 that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose….4 There were GIANTS [Heb. nephilim, fallen] on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.” (Genesis 6:1-4)

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/078dfb8bea89405d3cc64d74adc7ddb46282e4f48c675962e7033fffcf1d01bf.jpg