By Coblentz Bautch
Research of the Geography of one Enoch 17-19 examines the travels of the patriarch Enoch who's given a guided travel of awesome and every now and then terrifying locations situated through the cosmos. Coblentz Bautch clarifies the textual content of one Enoch 17-19 by means of explaining how the websites defined relate to each other geographically and via reconstructing the psychological map of the geography that lies at the back of the textual descriptions. specifically provocative is the honour of assets from the traditional close to East, Hebrew Bible and the area of Hellenistic Judaism which may have proficient the realm view of one Enoch 17-19 and parallel traditions. via this examine an enormous aspect of apocalypses is illumined: their portrayal of geography and sacred area.
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18:8: The middle one among them reached to the sky like the throne of God, of stibium and the top of the throne (was) of lapis lazuli. 18:9: and a burning ﬁre, I saw and beyond these mountains 18:10: is a place, the end of the great earth. There the heavens are completed. 18:11: And I saw a great chasm among pillars of heavenly ﬁre and I saw in it (among these) pillars of ﬁre falling and they had no measure either in depth or height. ” 1 In my translation I follow the emendation proposed by Nickelsburg (1 Enoch, 276, 287) who assigns 19:1–2 to the middle of chapter 18.
Further, since the phenomena described in 1 Enoch 17–19 are inaccessible to other mortals (see 1 Enoch 19:3), they may be considered otherworldly, supernatural, or spatially transcendent. Since 1 Enoch 17–19 demonstrates the expected features with regard to mediation, eschatology, temporality and spatiality, the text ﬁts the Apocalypse Group’s deﬁnition. ”63 This secondary classiﬁcation seems especially à propos for the unit 1 Enoch 17–19. Once the genre of a text is identiﬁed, we should have insight into the expectations an ancient reader would have brought to the work.
The case may also be made that 1 Enoch 17–19 is distinguishable as a literary unit from chapters 20–36. Though 1 Enoch 21–36 also concerns cosmic journeys, the narrative presents a deﬁnitive conclusion to the tours of 1 Enoch 17–19. ” With that, Enoch’s tour of the cosmos, as well as the literary unit, is seemingly 25 Le Livre D’Hénoch: Fragments Grecs, Découverts à Akhmîm (Haute-Égypte) Publiés Avec Les Variantes du Texte Éthiopien (Paris: Ernest Leroux, 1892), 152. Cf. also Nickelsburg, 1 Enoch, 278.