A Study of the Geography of 1 Enoch 17-19: No One Has Seen by Coblentz Bautch

By Coblentz Bautch

Examine of the Geography of one Enoch 17-19 examines the travels of the patriarch Enoch who's given a guided travel of awesome and from time to time terrifying locations positioned through the cosmos. Coblentz Bautch clarifies the textual content of one Enoch 17-19 through explaining how the websites defined relate to each other geographically and via reconstructing the psychological map of the geography that lies in the back of the textual descriptions. specially provocative is the respect of assets from the traditional close to East, Hebrew Bible and the realm of Hellenistic Judaism which can have knowledgeable the area view of one Enoch 17-19 and parallel traditions. via this research an enormous side of apocalypses is illumined: their portrayal of geography and sacred house.

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E. ’ 12 The testamentary or parenetic segment of the Epistle of Enoch constitutes most probably an exception. The sapiential poem in 1 Enoch 93:11–14 appears to challenge Enoch’s, or any person’s, abilities as a seer. 16   and in part chapters 17–19 appear to presage many of the topics discussed in the Enochic collection. One should consider how Enoch’s journey in 1 Enoch 17–19 is relevant to the Book of the Watchers. Let us first examine the plot. In its current form, the Book of the Watchers incorporates Enoch in the story of the watchers by positing that once taken by God (cf.

62 Collins, ‘The Jewish Apocalypses,’ in Apocalypse: The Morphology of a Genre, 21–59; esp. 38. 63 Collins, ‘The Jewish Apocalypses,’ 37. 28   from the established genre. 65 Is it possible that this literary form, in fact, originated with this author or within his community? 66 In light of this dilemma, one might search for other genres or literary forms that existed prior to the text of 1 Enoch 17–19. 69 Inasmuch as cosmic or otherworldly journeys facilitate revelation of the nature of the future, the secrets of the universe, and the structure of the cosmos, 64 Collins, ‘The Jewish Apocalypses,’ 37.

Nickelsburg raises this possibility as well. 1 Enoch, 278. 24   C. T L F  1 E 17–19 While geographical analogues of various origins have been cited in order to explain the view of the world implicit in 1 Enoch 17–19, few scholars have sought genre parallels to clarify why the geography in these chapters occurs in the particular form that it does. What sort of literary form serves as a vehicle for the geography and mental mapping in this literary unit? 46 Readers expect particular features to occur in a certain kind of text; the study of genre delineates these features.

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