Contents Background of the Book of Enoch Findings at Qumran The Astronomical Book The Book of the Watchers Sin of the Angels Cause of Sin Entering the World Enoch as Intermediary Angels' Punishment Background of the Book of Enoch The Book of Enoch, ascribed to Enoch, is a non-canonical text used by various Jewish sects including the Dead Sea Scrolls community … [Read more...]
The Watchers were a class of angels described in the non-canonical Book of Enoch. The term usually refers to the rebellious angels who married human women, begot offspring (called Nephilim) and were kicked out of Heaven. Read articles about the Watchers below.
Jewish Traditions Not Included In the Bible The Pseudepigrapha is a collection of various works written approximately between 200 BCE and 100 CE that were left out of the Old Testament. They tend to be written in Hebrew or Aramaic or occasionally Greek, and tend to be attributed to well known biblical heroes like Abraham, Moses, and Noah. Some of these books were included … [Read more...]
The story of a rebel force that defies a Deity has been a topic of great fascination for authors and poets for millennia. There are para-biblical stories about how angels defied God to sleep with mortal women and bear children. John Milton creates a vivid mythos around Satan as a tragic character. Greek poets speak of Prometheus who defied Zeus and was condemned to eternal … [Read more...]
I was reading an article an article by Ronald Hendel, who relates the Genesis "Sons of God" passage to a fragment of Deuteronomy found at Qumran. In the Hebrew bible, Deuteronomy 32:8 reads "sons of Israel" but in one of the Dead Sea Scroll fragments, the passage reads "Sons of God," identical to the Genesis story (6:1-4) of the "Sons of God" ("bene ha 'elohim") who "cavorted … [Read more...]
Enoch elaborates on the Nephilim story in Genesis 6:1-4. The Nephilim (aka the Watchers) were angels in heaven who saw the women on Earth and lusted after them. At their leader, Semjaza's request, two hundred of them made a pact to descend from heaven, take the women as wives, and beget children. During this time, they also imparted knowledge to mankind, including: they … [Read more...]