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Die makrososiale ruimte van die Boek van die Wagte (1 Henog 1-36)

P.M. Venter
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 58, No 4 | a707 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v58i4.707 | © 2002 P.M. Venter | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 October 2002 | Published: 27 October 2002

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P.M. Venter, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa

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The macro social space of the Book of the Watchers (1 Enoch 1-36)

An analysis of the material of the Book of the Watchers ( 1 Enoch 1-36) indicates a preference for the spatial aspect in these revelation narratives. In an attempt to understand this preference, an investigation is launched into the macro social world of the narratives. Themes in Enoch from literature in the Bible, the Syro-Phoenician world, Pseudo Epolemus, Zenon Papyri, Persia and Greece, are identified. Ptolemean Palestine is also investigated as the context within which an Enochic tradition was formed. Amongst other traditions an opposing Mosaic Judaism and Enochic Judaism are identified. Both take up the challenges of the third century with its Hellenistic onslaught and explosion of knowledge. The Book of the Watchers represents an Enoch tradition, which forms an early trajectory of apocalyptic thinking, and which is being influenced by various traditions such as wisdom literature in its mantic form, cosmological schemes of the world, and mythic traditions.


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