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”
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. ©