I have based this book on Michael A. Knibb’s scholarly translation of theEthiopian manuscripts, (
The Ethiopic Book of Enoch
), which I believe to be the best translation currently available.
I first heard about the Book of Enoch a few years ago, while I was researchinginto ‘End of Days’prophesies. When I finally managed to get hold of a copy,I discovered that it was a very strange and unusual book. The first time I readit I was sceptical and somewhat puzzled; I wondered who would have writtenan odd book like this. I knew that Enoch, (Hanokh in Hebrew), was veryfavourably mentioned in Genesis, and I discovered that Enoch’s book describes the Exodus and Moses very favourably (although not by name).So my first theory was that it might have been written around the same time asthe Torah, perhaps around 1400BC. However, after several readings I couldfind no plausible theories. The prophecy of the animals is extremely preciselywritten and obviously refers to events well after Moses (see my notes on thatchapter). Additionally; who would have dared to produce a book with peoplesuch as Moses described in terms of farm animals?Michael Knibb, whose translation I have used to produce this book, studied allavailable manuscripts and sources, and it is clear that this book was wellknown and studied in many countries well before the time of Jesus. Theearliest known surviving fragments and quotations in various languages showthat this is the same book, and that the Ethiopians have preserved it well.In the end I was convinced that the book is really Enoch’s true account of otherwise forgotten events that occurred in early times; events that we have noother surviving records of.Enoch left us a book that describes people of an advanced culture TheWatchers; blond-haired people that Enoch’s people considered to beAngels of God, and it was written on the instruction of the Watchers.The standard