God of the Week: Enoch

10/24/2011: Enoch
Enoch is a Semitic divine character associated with the sun. His earliest reference is from the Book of Genesis in the Hebrew Pentateuch as an ancestor of Noah (though there is also another Enoch mentioned as a son of Cain earlier in the book).
Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.
-Genesis 5:23-24
In the later Book of Enoch (believed to have been composed 300BC), the story of Enoch is fleshed out. Using Enoch’s angel guided journey through the Heavens, the book describes an ancient understanding of the workings of the heavens. Afterward, Enoch returns to earth to tell his children, the supposed authors of the book. He then rises again, seeing “one like a son of man”, a term used in the Book of Daniel and the Christian gospels. The angel tells Enoch that he (Enoch) is this son of man, we are to assume, in the future.
In The 2nd Book of Enoch, he is given a firey body.
In the 3rd Book of Enoch, he is transformed into a firey angel, sat at the right hand of god, and named Metatron, or the “lessor Yahweh”.
Enoch appears to the center of a Jewish offshoot. One that observed a solar calendar in a culture that commonly accepted a lunar one. In this calendar, the weeks were aligned so that each year and each month would begin on the fourth day (the day of the creation of the sun in the Bible).
For more information on Enoch, consult this guy: http://www.marquette.edu/maqom/. Scroll down to “THEME 19: Enochic Traditions in Jewish and Eastern Christian Environments“.
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