The book of Enoch. Is it scripture? Should it be in the Bible cannon? I say, who cares..? The book is regarded by early church fathers, several sects of Christianity and Judaism as valuable and insightful for understanding biblical history. Particularly related to pre-flood history. Let’s also not forget that the book is alluded to by Peter and quoted directly from by Jude.
2 Peter 2:4-5 (KJV)
4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
Jude 6 (KJV)
6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
Jude 14-15 (KJV)
14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
1 Enoch 1:9
Behold, he comes with ten thousand holy ones to execute judgment upon all, and he will destroy all the ungodly and convict all flesh of all the works of their ungodliness which they have ungodly committed, and of all the arrogant and hard words which sinners have uttered against him.
Not only do they refer to the book, but the context on the conversation has to do with the fallen angels who did not keep their first estate and are now chained up and reserved unto judgement. This lends much credibility to the fallen watcher narrative that takes place in Genesis chapter 6. The book of Enoch was also found with the dead sea scrolls, giving it even more credibility. At the very least demonstrating that there were groups who considered it worth reading along side other books that we do recognize in Christianity as scripture.
Again, the question isn’t, should Enoch be in the cannon. The question is, does the book of Enoch offer valuable insight that will help us understand not only ancient history, but even end times prophecy? I should say especially end times prophecy. After all the very opening chapter of Enoch claims to be for a distant generation that will be living in the times of tribulation.
Below are two PDF forms of the book of Enoch. I recommend you get the Researchers Library version, but if your looking for a free pdf version, then you can download them using the links below.
- The Book of Hanok (The HalleluYah Scriptures version)
- The book of Enoch (Ethiopian text in the S.O.A.S. Library at the University of London)