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1 Enoch 1

A Commentary on the Book of 1 Enoch, Chapters 1—36; 81—108

by George W. E. Nickelsburg and James C. Vanderkam

Publication Year: 2001

The first exhaustive commentary on this work since 1773. 1 Enoch is one of the most intriguing books in the Pseudepigrapha (Israelite works outside the Hebrew canon). It was originally written in Aramaic and is comprised of several smaller works, incorporating traditions from the three centuries before the Common Era. Employing the name of the ancient patriach Enoch, the Aramaic text was translated into Greek and then into Ethiopic. But as a whole, it is a classic example of revelatory (apocalyptic) literature and an important collection of Jewish literature from the Hellenistic and Roman periods. This volume represents the culmination of three decades' work on the Book of 1 Enoch for Nickelsburg. He provides detailed commentary on each passage in chapters 1-36 and 81-108, and an introduction to the full work. The introduction includes sections on overviews of each of the smaller collections, texts and manuscripts, literary aspects, worldview and religious thought, the history of ideas and social contexts, usage in later Jewish and Christian literatures, and a survey of the modern study of the book. (Volume 2 will cover chapters 37-80 and will be written by Nickelsburg and James VanderKam.)

Published by: Augsburg Fortress Publishers

Series: Hermeneia: A Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible

Cover

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Title Page

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-xix

Endpapers

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p. xx

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Foreword

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pp. xxi-xxii

The series is designed to be a critical and historical commentary to the Bible without arbitrary limits in size or scope. It will utilize the full range of philological and historical tools, including textual criticism (often slighted in modern...

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Preface

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pp. xxiii-xxvi

1 Enoch is a collection of Jewish apocalyptic traditions that date from the last three centuries before the Common Era. The collection is extant in its entirety only in an Ethiopic translation of a Greek translation of its Aramaic original...

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pp. xxvii-xxxviii

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Introduction

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pp. 1-126

The Jewish apocalyptic, or revelatory, traditions collected in 1 Enoch were composed between the fourth century B.C. E. and the turn of the Common Era in the name of the patriarch mentioned in Gen 5:21-24. The language of their composition was Aramaic, but the...

Commentary: 1 Enoch

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Introduction to the Book (1–5)

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pp. 129-134

Composed in a style that is immediately reminiscent of texts from the prophetic and wisdom traditions, these chapters introduce the Enochic collection by announcing its main theme-the coming of God's judgment of the whole human race. To understand the text and its...

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Superscription to the Book (1:1)

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pp. 135-136

Different from Genesis 49 and Deuteronomy 33, where blessing is anticipated for Israel as a whole, this author awaits a judgment that will separate between the righteous chosen, a portion of Israel, and their enemies, whether within or outside the nation. Apart from the...

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An Oracle of Judgment (1:2–5:9)

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pp. 137-560

This unit introduces the theophanic oracle in 1:3c-5:9 by making a claim of revelation and prophetic authority. The language and form of the unit closely parallel the Balaam oracles, especially Num 24:15-17, and a similar dependence is evident in the introduction to the Apocalypse of Weeks...

Bibliography

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pp. 561-572

Index

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pp. 573-618

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E-ISBN-13: 9781506421520
E-ISBN-10: 1506421520
Print-ISBN-13: 9780800660741
Print-ISBN-10: 0800660749

Page Count: 662
Publication Year: 2001

Series Title: Hermeneia: A Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible
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OCLC Number: 966847529
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