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Did Yeshua reference the Book of Enoch?

Updated: Jul 19, 2019

Ethiopic Book of Enoch

Mathew 22:29-30 "Yeshua answered, “You are mistaken because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of Elohim. In the resurrection, people will neither marry nor be given in marriage. Instead, they will be like the angels in heaven."

According to this written record, Yeshua called out the Sadducees for not knowing the Scriptures or the Power of Elohim. What is interesting is this concept of no more giving in marriage on account of having a spiritual body. Where in Scripture can this be referenced to? Nowhere in the 66 books of any Bible will you find the origin point for this reference. Why 66? Because the New Testament had not been written. Can it be found in other writings that were common to Yeshua's time? Yes.

Oddly enough everything points to a few solid possibilities: 1) Yeshua was quoting from The Book of Enoch and he made it a point that the Sadducees they didn't know Scripture.

2)Scrolls dating 200BC and earlier of the Book of Enoch are found among all the current Books of The Bible at Qumran.

3)Enoch 15:6-7 "But you were ⌈formerly⌉ spiritual, living the eternal life, and immortal for all generations of the world. 7. And therefore I have not appointed wives for you; for as for the spiritual ones of the heaven, in heaven is their dwelling.

What are your thoughts on this?

Are there any other writings that have this concept or is this the only one? The Book of Enoch was well known in the 1st century. It was once believed the this book had Christian origins because of several references to The Messiah. The oldest copies are housed in Jerusalem, Israel. These writings from the 2nd century were found among the Dead Sea Scrolls in Qumran.

It is traditionally believed that this was written by Enoch, the Gr-grandfather of Noah. Other scholars believe it to be a collection of works going as far back as 300B.C. Some believe it to have historical value but do not considers it canonical. In fact, it is directly quoted in the Bible and not just alluded to as in Mathew.

Jude 1:14-15 “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, {15} To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him” 

It should not be a surprise that writings like these were studied and contemplated over during Yeshua's time. There were certain schools who believed these were inspired writing while others today see a growing value in what is to be found with its pages. There are 10 places where it talks about The Messiah and prophecy of things yet to come while explaining why things happened in the past. It does help make more sense of verses in the New Testament like Genesis 3:15, 2 Peter 2:4-6, Jude 6-7 when read in context. It is up to you to decide and let the Rauch Ha-Kodesh guide you and filter through what you read and you may find nuggets of truth.


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