The Book of Enoch
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1912. Octavo. Gilt embossed sea foam boards, rear board sunned, small discoloration mark on the front board, else fine. 331 pages. Second edition, first printing. Near fine.
Translated From The Editors Ethiopic Text And Edited With The Introduction Notes And Indexes Of The First Edition Wholly Recast Enlarged And Rewritten Together With A Reprint From The Editors text Of The Greek Fragments. An ancient Jewish religious work set down by Enoch, the great-grandfather of Noah. Not included in the canonical Bible but cited throughout. According to Gershom Scholem, "The main subjects of the later Merkabah mysticism already occupy a central position in the older esoteric literature, best represented by the Book of Enoch." Astronomy, dream visions, parables.
"The words of the blessing of Enoch, wherewith he blessed the elect and righteous, who will be living in the day of tribulation, when all the wicked and godless are to be removed. And he took up his parable and said—Enoch a righteous man, whose eyes were opened by God, saw the vision of the Holy One in the heavens, which the angels showed me, and from them I heard everything, and from them I understood as I saw, but not for this generation, but for a remote one which is for to come. Concerning the elect I said, and took up my parable concerning them . . ."