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Research of the Geography of one Enoch 17-19 examines the travels of the patriarch Enoch who's given a guided journey of striking and now and then terrifying locations situated in the course of the cosmos. Coblentz Bautch clarifies the textual content of one Enoch 17-19 via explaining how the websites defined relate to each other geographically and through reconstructing the psychological map of the geography that lies at the back of the textual descriptions. in particular provocative is the honour of resources from the traditional close to East, Hebrew Bible and the realm of Hellenistic Judaism which may have educated the realm view of one Enoch 17-19 and parallel traditions. via this research a tremendous aspect of apocalypses is illumined: their portrayal of geography and sacred house.

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8 1 Enoch, 25, 335–37. 9 1 Enoch, 25. 10 ‘Review of George W. E. Nickelsburg, 1 Enoch 1: A Commentary on the Book of 1 Enoch, Chapters 1–36, 81–108 ’ at the annual meeting of the SBL, Denver, 17 November 2001. 4   15 James C. VanderKam expresses reservation as to whether the entire collection of writings indicated by Nickelsburg be considered components of a testament. 11 I concur with the hesitation of Collins and VanderKam in assigning the testamentary form to the Book of the Watchers and favor the notion that the Book of the Watchers circulated as an independent entity prior to its inclusion in a collection.

1 E 17:1 The first essential matter is determining the location from which Enoch commences his travels. Neither the starting point nor the initial destination, however, is clearly described. The information provided by 17:1 is vague at best: Enoch is led from an unnamed locale, to a certain place (e‡w tina tÒpon) for which no geographical coordinates are given. The most information provided about the destination concerns its exotic inhabitants, creatures of burning fire who at will appear as humans.

Whereas chapters 6–16 are especially concerned with the watchers, their immoral conduct and subsequent punishment from God as well as Enoch’s intercession for the watchers and his ascent to the Divine, chapters 17–36 concentrate on the tours Enoch makes accompanied by angels. 1 Enoch 1–16 does not contain the elaborate travelogue or cosmological speculation of the sort found in 1 Enoch 17–36. Many of the sites observed in the latter half of the Book of the Watchers concern natural phenomena and seem to describe indifferently the ends of the earth.

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