21 Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah. 22 After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. 23 So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. 24 And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him. Genesis 5:21-24
A social scientist did an experiment with a troupe of monkeys. They had a great enclosure, plenty to play on, lots to eat; a very nice environment. And there was always a fresh bunch of bananas hanging from the top with an easy way up to get them.
But someone was always standing by to hose down anyone who tried to get those bananas. And the rest just for good measure. They ended up policing themselves and eventually gave up on the bananas.
Then they would replace a couple monkeys with ones that had no idea of the hose. Well, just as soon as they made a run for the bananas out came the hose, and the experienced monkeys would proceed to beat on the new monkeys for getting them all hosed down.
This kept up until two things happened; first, the hose became unnecessary, as the troupe policed itself. Second, they would still beat the poop out of any new monkey who tried for the bananas even though none of them had EVER been hosed down. Why?
Well, heck…I don’t know. That’s just the way we’ve always done it around here.
True story? I don’t know, but you get the point. Inertia is not necessarily a good argument for something.
Which brings me to the validity of The Book of Enoch. It is by and large considered to be Biblically non-canonical. In other words, it is not considered to be the inspired Word of God. Most doubt that it was even written by Enoch. But “…not all. Only the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and the Eritrean Orthodox Church” consider it to be Biblical canon. Inertia seems to me to be the main reason why it is not given much respect in the library of sacred texts.
And who was Enoch? Using the ages provided in Genesis, we can know that Enoch was born 622 years after creation, the sixth from Adam; Adam > Seth > Enos > Cainan > Mahalaleel > Jared > Enoch. Seventh, if you count Adam. He was the father of Methuselah, the oldest living human on record and the great-great grandfather of Noah. Enoch lived a total of 365 years, and he did not die. As recorded in Genesis 5, Enoch walked with God, and was very close to Him. God simply took him from earth, sparing him from death.
So…canonicity. Is The Book of Enoch something we should concern ourselves with? Is the argument against it simply one of inertia? Can we connect some “dots” from other sources that might point toward its validity? This is what I intend to explore in the following series of articles.