The detail in this commentary on the Book of Enoch presents a clear and fascinating review of what God revealed to Enoch. Astoundingly, the entire history of the earth and every event to come has been completely known and transparent to God from the moment Adam and Eve were created, and before then.
This review explains that humans alone did not corrupt the earth, but there were angels who sinned and lead humanity into paths of destruction. This is a poignant revelation that even angels created in perfection can fall from grace and be subject to eternal punishment.
The book of Enoch also provides unparalleled, yet scripturally supported descriptions of the inner parts of the earth. These descriptions are incredible in that various modern testimonies of what people have seen after death support Enochs insights with uncanny accuracy.
It explains where people go when they die and makes great sense of a host of Biblical passages that may be difficult to understand without knowing Enochs observations. It brings to light the fact that the inner parts of the earth have been receiving many human souls throughout history and the jaws of hell will consume many more before the millennial reign of Christ.
The commentary also highlights the immutable Biblical theme of eternal punishments for wicked people and eternal life for the righteous.
This commentary is easy to read, engaging, and most definitely assists anyone in understanding how God created the world as a multidimensional and completely living planet, both inside and out. Finally, it helps explain why demons came to exist, why they are so great in number and how Christ Himself will ultimately put down the evil monarch of the world and judge all peoples.
the reference in the paraphrase to 'gravity' may need explained...
I paraphrased the mss due to the many Hebrew idioms, figures of speech, and Hebraisms in the original language.
If you have read the translation by R.H. Charles, for instance, you see how hard the language is to translate due to figurative language...
So, when I used the word 'gravity', it was because the angel speaking would have known what 'gravity' is, even before Adam was created, and God knew, for He created gravity...
The language in that part shows that figuratively, and with different Hebraisms, the reference there was to the same place as described in Revelation to the 'abyss' between hell fire and paradise, wherein is a 'bottomless' pit due to the balance of gravity therein...
Former translations have tried to with 'word for word' translation infer what is being spoken of, a paraphrase can see the reference is to the 'bottomless pit' wherein lack of gravitational pull makes the place seem to be without gravity, and therefore 'bottomless'.
So, I do not apologize for using 'gravity' in a paraphrase, though they would not have understood 'gravity' at the time of its writing, we do now, and it makes the idioms of the passage understandable. A paraphrase is done to make it more clear, as to what is referred to... now we can understand what God was trying to get across to Enoch in that time.
I purchased this paraphrase of Enoch I because it was the only copy that I could locate on this website. While it provides some value, since I have no other references of this text, its veracity is questionable since this is a paraphrase and not a translation. I believe that the author is well intentioned and has spent what appears to be a considerable amount of time contemplating the apocalyptic nature of some of this document. Unfortunately, the paraphrase in some cases is heavily influenced by the the author's presuppositions ie: Enoch referring to gravity (which would not have been conceived for several centuries later). When I began observing some of these discrepencies it has made me suspect of some of his other tranlations and therefore can not be deemed authoritative for greater study.
On another note, Ladd's commentary, which I believe to be arrived at through much of his innocent consideration, is almost laughable. Ladd has beliefs that he has arrived at through the text that causes him to give suggestion to persons that may be interested in piloting an expedition in the the core of the earth, where he postulates hell and the lake of fire to be found. His diagrams and commentaries in this regard are akin to something one would find in a Jules Verne meets Dan Brown novel.
The quaility of the presentation and format of this book was also very disappointing. The typeface and fonts used were comparable to a college students report circa 1985. The entire presentation lacks a professional appearance.
To those who may be considering delving into the Book of Enoch I, do yourself a favour and purchase something without a commentary and stick to a translation only such as R.H. Charles. I regret that I purchased this book and will be off to purchase a more credible work like Charles' in the future.
Although, I appreciate the effort that Ladd put into this work, his postulations are laughable and his translation falls short.
This is a fabulous read! I was amazed to learn that it was part of the Jewish canon til 90 AD, and part of the early church canon til Augustine and Jerome forced it to be removed. Thanks be to the Ethiopian Christians (Coptic and Abyssinian) for keeping it in theirs thru the centuries.It sure sheds a lot of light on passages referred to in the bible, that give little detail, probably because Enoch was in the canon also back then.