“Sons of Enoch” chapter 8


The Bible offers some ever so brief , yet intriguing passages about Enoch.  In light of the previously posted evidences and explanations showing the early church, and those of  the Second Temple Jewry being versed in the Book of  Enoch, I think it safe to look into the Book to see what,  if any light it may shed into our investigation of who may have actually been the designer, and or the builder of the Great Pyramid of  Giza. There are a few other resources that we will be looking into also, all of which  were found among the Dead Sea Scrolls, and were apparently a part of the Jewish religious resources dating to the 4th  Century B.C.  yet obviously based on older sources. It is important to realize that much of the  parchment and writings especially on the outer-most part of the Scrolls were greatly damaged from centuries of exposure to the elements such as moisture. Further into the individual scrolls, however, as the experts unrolled them carefully and scientifically, a treasury of translatable ancient literature became real. The Bible itself  has already given much of what was found there,  in part,  as most of the writings  seem in line of the same narratives. Nonetheless, many of the stories are much more detailed and personal. Before continuing any further into any other area of study, book, or scroll,  I feel I should probably post a little of what the Bible says about the subject that we are about to introduce here, and that would be the “Nephilim”

Genesis 6

1And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, 2That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. 3And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. 4There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. 5And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 7And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

8But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.  ( notice that this verse became the 8th verse in this passage )

One such book, or writing found among the Dead Sea Scrolls is known as the (Genesis Apocryphon.) Now, at the beginning of this scroll we find a very interesting conversation, or speech from Lamech, (Grandson of  Enoch & Father of  Noah) who was apparently, for what ever reason, ( possibly because the Nephilim problem was greater on Earth at that time than the Canonical Genesis 6 reveals to us ) perturbed, or concerned that the child that his wife was carrying might actually be the child of one of the:.. 

Now, here is where we hit another crossroad in our study,  so let me first just say that there are,  as I mentioned earlier,  pieces missing from the parchment, and therefore, in this first interpretation from:

John C. Reeves

Blumenthal Professor of Judaic Studies
Department of Religious Studies
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

“Then I considered whether the pregnancy was due to the Watchers and Holy Ones, or ( should be ascribed ) to the Nephil (im), and I grew perturbed about this child.” vacat

In the John C. Reeves interpretation we see that the Watchers, or Holy Ones,  and the Nephilim, or Giants could very possibly be two separate races. Which correlates well with the words in the  Canonical Genesis 6 wording:  Genesis 6 :4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

In a different, more recent interpretation (with added paraphrasing) of this same parchment, by:

Paraphrase and comments by Lesley Faulk and Amanda Scott

We find a bit more information leaning to the Nephilim, or Giants being thought of  as the off-spring of the “Sons of God” as commonly believed in many scholarly circles, (though there are three major theories of belief on who the “Sons of God” actually were as we will soon see). Yet, this interpretation denotes an almost absolute assertion that the Nephilim were the off-spring of the Sons of God,  where as the Bible, or the Genesis Apocryphon, as you will see do not.

“I thought, in my heart, that the conception was the work of the Watchers the pregnancy of the Holy Ones and that it belonged to the Giants”

Our main goal here, as far as the subject of this study goes, is to learn how the Second Temple Jews viewed the Genesis story, and moreover, how they interpreted Pre-Deluge history and tradition.  Incidentally, let me point out that we can all take a deep sigh of relief, along with Lamech. The Bible, and the Genesis Apocryphon both make it very clear, that this child was absolutely not conceived of any form of  fornication, or forbidden act by the Sons of God, or the Nephilim, and Batenosh, who was Lamech’s wife, because this would have been Lamech and Batenosh’ first child: Noah

Nonetheless, what does this say for the rest of the people who were on earth just prior to God sending the great flood to destroy everyone except for the 8 people  allowed  to enter the Ark ? Apparently, as we will soon see, when the Bible said: And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, It was not just talking about some people, but the vast majority of  humankind by the time of the flood. And speaking of the Number 8, which is, as many of you already know the Biblical number for “New Beginnings”,  and the Ark being a foreshadowing of the wonderful Salvation plan of  God through Jesus, whose name equates in more than one way through the calculations of Gematria (the Hebrew alphabets letters are also represented by numbers ) to JESUS = 888. I can see this is adding up to a more in-depth visit into the land of Biblical numerical significance before we are through.  In the mean time, you may find it interesting that Lamech lived to the ripe old age of  777 years. Gods number for completion.  And quite frankly, if  you are wondering if this is all  leading up to seeing where the World is today on the ” Prophetic end time Clock ” …count on it.    ©

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3 Comments

  1. Thank you for your fascinating study. Having written a novel on this preflood period, I am interested in the credibility of the Genesis Apocryphon. It indicates that Enoch was alive at the birth of Noah, which seems contradictory to the Biblical geneological record.

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  2. Thank you also John. I was trying to do some mathematical calculations of my own from the Bible itself to see if I could tell whom, other than Methuselah, may have still been alive up until the flood. Of course, I probably don’t have to tell you that there are also different “Life span theories” pertaining to Methuselah from the different Bible versions, as I discovered and mentioned in an earlier post in this study. I have seen your name, and comments around the blogs, and have been really interested in your insight. Wow, a Novel … huh, I could really use some of your insight right about now. I started writing my next, part/chapter to this thing last night with the intentions of expounding on the three most widely accepted theories as to who the “Sons of God” in Genesis 6 actually were. I was convinced, after studying the different manuscripts and resources, as well as reading several other commentaries, that the “conservative, Seth’s righteous sons of God, sinned with the evil women of Cain, thereby producing a super-human race” was just not Biblical, and had every intention of debunking it, at least in my own mind…until, I read Luke 3…where, as you well know, starts a long list of Josephs lineage, and ending as such: Luke 3: 23And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli, — 24Which was the son of—and so on until— 38Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God. Can’t argue with the Word of God …Hey, sorry to be so lengthy, but, I really needed to converse with someone else who is obviously interested and knowledgeable on this matter.
    Please get back with me… I’d love to discuss it further.
    GOD BLESS
    sonsothunder

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  3. After visiting your site John, I am pretty sure I am not offering anything that you don’t already know. As far as the conflict of the time the Bible denotes Enoch to be alive, however, I would surely love to hear your calculation belief, as far as in : “The Book of Enoch” Some calculate the time that Enoch was brought back to earth to spend teaching his family was, in the interpretation I read, R.H.Charles version I believe, one year. Others seem to claim 30 days, and I have even heard 3 years somewhere in my research?… Which, may explain another problem I have; trying to accept the Giants as being “3000 Cubits Tall” WOW, In this “Sons of Enoch” work under construction, I was heading for a synoptic possibility, Something I saw somewhere, maybe on a weird T.V. show about an ancient Mayan King being an astronaut? Anyway, I recall them saying this king was likely 8 to 9 feet tall, and well, that’s sort of what I visualized the Nephilim to be in the theater of my mind I suppose. Of course, this is by far not the first time in this research that I have had to back blindly out of a darkened dead end road. A road trip that you are much more familiar with than I am, as I have only just pulled out of the driveway in comparison to your Professional, Literary, Seminary, and Mission Field journeys. I am very impressed with your credentials, and I am very blessed to have even had you look at my study, let alone commenting on it. Thanks again, and I look forward to reading your Novel, “The Ninth Generation”. GOD BLESS
    sonsothunder

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