By Coblentz Bautch
Research of the Geography of one Enoch 17-19 examines the travels of the patriarch Enoch who's given a guided travel of notable and now and then terrifying locations positioned during the cosmos. Coblentz Bautch clarifies the textual content of one Enoch 17-19 via explaining how the websites defined relate to each other geographically and through reconstructing the psychological map of the geography that lies in the back of the textual descriptions. particularly provocative is the glory of assets from the traditional close to East, Hebrew Bible and the area of Hellenistic Judaism which could have educated the realm view of one Enoch 17-19 and parallel traditions. via this examine a tremendous aspect of apocalypses is illumined: their portrayal of geography and sacred area.
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Extra info for A Study of the Geography of 1 Enoch 17-19: No One Has Seen What I Have Seen (Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism)
After clarifying the various sites described in 1 Enoch 17–19, a next step is to locate or place the sites from the tour on a hypothetical map. Where are the sites located relative to one another? To which of the four quadrants of the world—north, west, south or east—does a given site belong? First, we examine information that the text provides about the geography. Occasionally 1 Enoch 17–19 provides explicit indications: “And I went towards the south . ” (Eth. 1 Enoch 18:6). It is more common, however, to encounter only faint clues about the location of sites.
28 from the established genre. 65 Is it possible that this literary form, in fact, originated with this author or within his community? 66 In light of this dilemma, one might search for other genres or literary forms that existed prior to the text of 1 Enoch 17–19. 69 Inasmuch as cosmic or otherworldly journeys facilitate revelation of the nature of the future, the secrets of the universe, and the structure of the cosmos, 64 Collins, ‘The Jewish Apocalypses,’ 37. Hans Dieter Betz calls attention to the mythos, a genre he observes that has not been analyzed adequately, as having an aﬃnity with apocalypticism.
A reading of the geography in 1 Enoch 17 that would be consistent with the setting established by 1 Enoch 13–16 is that after Enoch ascends to heaven while in the vicinity of, and perhaps by means of, Mount Hermon (1 Enoch 13:7, 9), he descends in the same manner by means of a northern mountain (1 Enoch 17:2). From there Enoch continues his amazing journey, serving as a ﬁrsthand witness to the places of judgment built into the cosmos for deviants like the watchers. Enoch’s journeys take him not only to heaven and to what might be considered the nether regions of a sort, but also to the ends of the earth and to each cardinal direction.
A Study of the Geography of 1 Enoch 17-19: No One Has Seen What I Have Seen (Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism) by Coblentz Bautch