Table Of Contents
- 1 Book Of Enoch Author
- 2 Book of Enoch author is NOT Enoch the son of Cain
- 2.1 Book of Enoch author – Enoch in the bible
- 2.2 Book of Enoch author – Enoch’s geneology
- 2.3 Book of Enoch author was the firstborn in his family line
- 2.4 Book of Enoch author – Enoch’s wife
- 2.5 Book of Enoch author – Enoch the King
- 2.6 Why was the Book of Enoch removed from the Bible?
The Book of Enoch author is a brief biography of the writer of the book of Enoch. The Book of Enoch is credited to a famous, influential historical man called Enoch. Cross-references in the Holy Bible provide us with information about his life.
Enoch lived very early in human history. He was a King, Ruler, Counsellor, and Apostle. Enoch’s life was marked by love for God. According to the Book of Jasher, he ruled over the nations for some time. He was very influential but preferred to seek God in prayer.
His amazing writings, The Book of Enoch, documents the revelations that he received after being translated into Heaven. Enoch never died but was translated into Heaven for one final time when he was three hundred and sixty-five years old.
Enoch was born during Adam’s lifetime and knew him. The Book of Jasher Chapter 3 says Adam died in the 243rd year of Enoch’s reign as King:
14 And it was in the fifty-sixth year of the life of Lamech when Adam died; nine hundred and thirty years old was he at his death, and his two sons, with Enoch and Methuselah his son, buried him with great pomp, as at the burial of kings, in the cave which God had told him.
15 And in that place all the sons of men made a great mourning and weeping on account of Adam; it has therefore become a custom among the sons of men to this day.
16 And Adam died because he ate of the tree of knowledge; he and his children after him, as the Lord God had spoken.
17 And it was in the year of Adam’s death which was the two hundred and forty-third year of the reign of Enoch, in that time Enoch resolved to separate himself from the sons of men and to secret himself as at first in order to serve the Lord.
The Book of Enoch was written by Enoch the son of Jared. However, there is another Enoch who lived in that era. He was Enoch the son of Cain:
And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.
And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech.
Here are direct references to Enoch in the Bible. Note, however, that his writings are cited liberally throughout the Bible:
And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch.
And Jared lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.
And Enoch lived sixty and five years and begat Methuselah.
And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:
And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
Which was the son of Mathusala, which was the son of Enoch, which was the son of Jared, which was the son of Maleleel, which was the son of Cainan,
By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints.
This is Enoch’s family tree
– Adam: created Year 1 – died 930.
– Seth: born 130 – died 1032.
– Enos: born 235 – died 1140.
– Cainan: born 370 – died 1261.
– Mahaleel: born 395 – 1290.
– Jared: born 460- died 1422.
– Enoch: born 622 – lived on earth 365 years – translated to heaven in 987.
– Methusaleh: born 687 – 1656 (died the year of the flood).
– Lamech: born 874 – died 1651.
– Noah: born 1056 – died 2006.
(King James Bible, 1611, PPP Ministries, 2010).
God had very special requirements for firstborn children. It is evident in hindsight that like Adam, all firstborn males in the family were to rule over the human race as Kings. One of the chief responsibilities of these rulers was to teach the ways of God to the human race.
Cain abdicated the birthright as firstborn because he killed his brother Abel. The birthright for rulership and teaching the ways of God to humans was therefore transferred to Seth.
We know this because the book of Genesis says that men began to call on God after Seth was born. Therefore, Seth ruled as an Apostle, teaching the nations about righteousness:
And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.
The Book of Jasher confirms that firstborns in Seth’s line had a duty to rule and teach
Furthermore, Adam, Eve, and their descendants had sons and daughters. However, only seven men in the family tree were named in the Bible.
The Book of Jasher revealed information that confirms that these men were rulers and teachers of the ways of God:
Cainan ruled over spirits and demons (Jasher 2: 11).
The Angel of God came to Enoch and commanded him to teach the ways of God to the earth (Jasher 3: 3)
Methuselah ruled after Enoch was translated and taught people the ways of God. However, they departed from God in spite of his labor (Jasher 4: 2 -5)
Therefore, when Apostle Jude (1: 14) described Enoch as being the “seventh from Adam,” we can infer that Enoch:
was the seventh firstborn male who descended from Adam through the family line of Seth.
had a God-given responsibility to rule the earth.
Had been dedicated to God as a Priest and Prophet.
had a God-given responsibility to teach the ways of God to humans. In fact, people walked in the ways of God during his reign.
References from the Book of Jasher confirming that the seven men named in Genesis were rulers and teachers
Jasher 2: 11 & 12 – Cainan
11 And Cainan grew up and he was forty years old, and he became wise and had knowledge and skill in all wisdom, and he reigned over all the sons of men, and he led the sons of men to wisdom and knowledge;
for Cainan was a very wise man and had understanding in all wisdom, and with his wisdom he ruled over spirits and demons;
12 And Cainan knew by his wisdom that God would destroy the sons of men for having sinned upon earth, and that the Lord would in the latter days bring upon them the waters of the flood.
Jasher 4: 1 – 4 – Methuselah
1 And all the days that Enoch lived upon earth, were three hundred and sixty-five years.
2 And when Enoch had ascended into heaven, all the kings of the earth rose and took Methuselah his son and anointed him, and they caused him to reign over them in the place of his father.
3 And Methuselah acted uprightly in the sight of God, as his father Enoch had taught him, and he likewise during the whole of his life taught the sons of men wisdom, knowledge and the fear of God, and he did not turn from the good way either to the right or to the left.
4 But in the latter days of Methuselah, the sons of men turned from the Lord, they corrupted the earth, they robbed and plundered each other, and they rebelled against God and they transgressed, and they corrupted their ways, and would not hearken to the voice of Methuselah, but rebelled against him.
The interpretation of the phrase can be deduced from the Book of Jasher. In the book, firstborn men in the line of Seth were rulers on the earth. This foundation helps us to understand why people and even God make such a fuss over the firstborn in the Bible:
– Esau sold his birthright to Jacob because of carelessness. Jesus came through Jacob and not Esau.
– Jacob removed the birthright from Reuben and gave it to Judah because of incest – Genesis 35.
– Jesus is the firstborn – Lord of All, Prophet, Apostle, Chief Bishop, Great High Priest etcetera.
The Books of Moses also confirmed that firstborns were dedicated to God.
As the firstborn of God, Adam had been commanded to rule over the earth and to walk closely with God as Apostles. We can deduce from the Books of Moses that this command applied to all firstborn males since God reinstated the command to the Jews:
All firstborn Jews and humans are to be dedicated to serving God:
Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine.
Because all the firstborn are mine; for on the day that I smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I hallowed unto me all the firstborn in Israel, both man and beast: mine shall they be: I am the LORD.
And thou shalt take the Levites for me (I am the LORD) instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel; and the cattle of the Levites instead of all the firstlings among the cattle of the children of Israel.
For all the firstborn of the children of Israel are mine, both man and beast: on the day that I smote every firstborn in the land of Egypt I sanctified them for myself.
And I have taken the Levites for all the firstborn of the children of Israel.
Every thing that openeth the matrix in all flesh, which they bring unto the LORD, whether it be of men or beasts, shall be thine: nevertheless the firstborn of man shalt thou surely redeem, and the firstling of unclean beasts shalt thou redeem.
Enoch married Edna, whose offspring included Methuselah. Edna is a name with origins in Hebrew and several other languages. The Hebrew meaning denotes “pleasure.” (Wikipedia, 2021).
Edna must have been a very patient wife. She had to endure long separations while Enoch took trips into Heaven.
Edna stood by Enoch’s side as his Queen during his reign over the earth. She must have carried her role with quiet dignity and beauty.
Edna wife of Enoch is cited in Book of Enoch Chapter 84 [SECT. XVII.]:
After this I saw another dream, and explained it all to thee, my son.
Enoch arose and said to his son Mathusalah:
To thee, my son, will I speak. Hear my word; and incline thine ear to the visionary dream of thy father. Before I married thy mother Edna, I saw a vision …
The Book of Jasher chapter 3, explains how Enoch ruled over the earth as King and how he taught the ways of righteousness:
1 And Enoch lived sixty-five years and he begat Methuselah, and Enoch walked with God after having begot Methuselah, and he served the Lord, and despised the evil ways of men.
2 And the soul of Enoch was wrapped up in the instruction of the Lord, in knowledge and in understanding; and he wisely retired from the sons of men, and secreted himself from them for many days.
3 And it was at the expiration of many years, whilst he was serving the Lord, and praying before him in his house, that an angel of the Lord called to him from Heaven, and he said, Here am I.
4 And he said, Rise, go forth from thy house and from the place where thou dost hide thyself, and appear to the sons of men, in order that thou mayest teach them the way in which they should go and the work which they must accomplish to enter in the ways of God.
5 And Enoch rose up according to the word of the Lord, and went forth from his house, from his place and from the chamber in which he was concealed; and he went to the sons of men and taught them the ways of the Lord, and at that time assembled the sons of men and acquainted them with the instruction of the Lord.
6 And he ordered it to be proclaimed in all places where the sons of men dwelt, saying, Where is the man who wishes to know the ways of the Lord and good works? let him come to Enoch.
7 And all the sons of men then assembled to him, for all who desired this thing went to Enoch, and Enoch reigned over the sons of men according to the word of the Lord, and they came and bowed to him and they heard his word.
8 And the spirit of God was upon Enoch, and he taught all his men the wisdom of God and his ways, and the sons of men served the Lord all the days of Enoch, and they came to hear his wisdom.
9 And all the kings of the sons of men, both first and last, together with their princes and judges, came to Enoch when they heard of his wisdom, and they bowed down to him, and they also required of Enoch to reign over them, to which he consented.
10 And they assembled in all, one hundred and thirty kings and princes, and they made Enoch king over them and they were all under his power and command.
11 And Enoch taught them wisdom, knowledge, and the ways of the Lord; and he made peace amongst them, and peace was throughout the earth during the life of Enoch.
12 And Enoch reigned over the sons of men two hundred and forty-three years, and he did justice and righteousness with all his people, and he led them in the ways of the Lord.
Why was the Book of Enoch removed from the Bible?
The Book of Enoch was once considered as scripture, according to the Epistle of Barnabas (16:4). He is also quoted directly by Moses and Apostle Jude.
Many of the early Church Fathers also considered the Book as the scriptures. These men included Athenagoras, Clement of Alexandria, Irenaeus, and Tertullian. The Book of Enoch had been rejected by the Jews because it contained prophecies pertaining to Christ.
That is truly sad because the ancient Jews were the caretakers of the book of Enoch (Wikipedia, 2021).