By Coblentz Bautch

Learn of the Geography of one Enoch 17-19 examines the travels of the patriarch Enoch who's given a guided journey of outstanding and every now and then terrifying areas positioned through the cosmos. Coblentz Bautch clarifies the textual content of one Enoch 17-19 through explaining how the websites defined relate to each other geographically and by way of reconstructing the psychological map of the geography that lies at the back of the textual descriptions. in particular provocative is the respect of assets from the traditional close to East, Hebrew Bible and the realm of Hellenistic Judaism that could have educated the realm view of one Enoch 17-19 and parallel traditions. via this learn an immense aspect of apocalypses is illumined: their portrayal of geography and sacred area.

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35 He suggests, instead, that the duplicate traditions in 1 Enoch 17–19 and 21–25 are literary renderings of a common tradition. While I do not agree with his analysis of 1 Enoch 17–19 since I follow Nickelsburg in relocating 1 Enoch 19:1–2 after 1 Enoch 18:11 (see below),36 and like Dillmann, I detect more correspondences between the two journey accounts, I find Tigchelaar’s suggestion that 31 Black, Book of Enoch or I Enoch, 16. Jewish Literature between the Bible and the Mishnah, 55; see also his 1 Enoch, 290.

18:1: I saw the storehouses of all the winds; I saw that with them he arranged all that is created and the foundation of the earth. 18:2: I saw the cornerstone of the earth. I saw four winds supporting the earth and the firmament of heaven. 18:3: And I saw how the winds reach to the height of heaven and stand between earth and heaven; they are the pillars of heaven. 18:4: And I saw the winds turning the heavens and moving the orb of the sun and all the stars. 18:5: I saw the winds on the earth supporting clouds.

18:8: The middle one among them reached to the sky like the throne of God, of stibium and the top of the throne (was) of lapis lazuli. 18:9: and a burning fire, I saw and beyond these mountains 18:10: is a place, the end of the great earth. There the heavens are completed. 18:11: And I saw a great chasm among pillars of heavenly fire and I saw in it (among these) pillars of fire falling and they had no measure either in depth or height. ” 1 In my translation I follow the emendation proposed by Nickelsburg (1 Enoch, 276, 287) who assigns 19:1–2 to the middle of chapter 18.

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