January 8, 2023
“Our search for deeper understanding often leads beyond the Bible.
Even our attempt to fully understand the Bible we must go beyond the book.
As we encounter references to social conditions, cultural practices,
and even other writings mentioned within the scriptures we are called to investigate
and expand our knowledge in order to fully appreciate the context, knowledge base,
and cultural significance of what is being taught.”
~ The Books Of Enoch by Joseph B. Lumpkin
~ There are several books mentioned in the Bible that are not included in the Protestant or Catholic Bibles.
~ This is because the books may not have been readily available (“lost”) at the time or weren’t considered to be “inspired”.
~ One could argue that any book quoted in the Bible mentioned by a prophet or apostle should be considered inspired, but this position would prove to be too simplistic.
~ While some books or writings may not be “inspired”, it can give historical context, records, laws, or add insight into certain areas of life.
The Book of Enoch
Some books mentioned in the Bible:
~ The Book of Jasher: 2 Samuel 1: 18 ~ and he told them to teach the children of Judah the Song of the Bow; indeed it is written in the Book of Jasher (Lit. of the Upright); Joshua 10: 13 ~ So the sun stood still,
And the moon stopped, Till the people had revenge Upon their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day.
~ The Book of the Wars of the Lord: Numbers 21: 14 ~ Therefore it is said in the Book of the Wars of the Lord: “Waheb in Suphah, The brooks of the Arnon,”
~ The Annals of Jehu: 2 Chronicles 20: 34 ~ Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last, indeed they are written in the book of Jehu the son of Hanani, which is mentioned in the book of the kings of Israel.
There are more instances of other books being referenced in the Bible, which I will be sharing at some point in the future. My main goal today is to give you a brief introduction.
How Enoch’s books disappeared:
~ Enoch posed problems for many theologians
~ instead of reevaluating their beliefs, theologians considered it a fake and rejected it
~ Enoch supports Biblical end time prophecy, very possibly informing and preparing us for what is to come. I have a feeling these descriptions scared some (wicked people), so they dismissed it as heresy.
Hebrews 11: 5
By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death,
“and was not found, because God had taken him”;
for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
source: The Books of Enoch by Joseph B. Lumpkin
there will be more… the video I have included is a good introduction/start to what Enoch has to share with us.
I personally don’t see any reason at this point why Enoch would have been hidden or banned, or whatever you want to call it. It does go against some beliefs, but I think we have the ability to judge for ourselves. Maybe it shouldn’t be an official part of the Bible, or maybe included as a separate section – like so many books of the Bible are categorized.
I do however also see how the book(s) can be considered controversial…I mean, angels having sex with humans? And producing monsters of offspring? Yeah, I get it, but at the same time…would it be so hard to fathom if the books weren’t hidden from us? Something else to consider…could it be possible that this is where the mythological stories come from? Apollo? Zeus? Skinwalkers (Native American)? Giants? And all the other gods that are woven into story telling? If people can believe that these “myths” were real, why not Enochs story?
More to come
hope you have a great day!
thanks for stopping by!!