Bible Review 19:2, April 2003

Enoch’s Vision of the Next World

By James C. VanderKam

What is the appeal of that curious collection of tales known as the Book of Enoch? It is (and was) that it provides a glimpse into the beyond. As George Nickelsburg suggests in his new commentary, Enoch reassures the faithful that there was and will be another reality far better than their present painful circumstances. Writes Nickelsburg: “[The books of Enoch] guarantee future salvation on the basis of a present reality … Deliverance will take place soon.”

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