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And behold dreams came over me, and visions fell upon me, until I lifted up my eyelids to the gates of heaven and saw visions of wrathful censure. Then a 65 There is nothing, for example, of Jacob the “trickster,” or Jacob as a foil to Esau. ” 9. And when I awoke, I went to them. And they all were assembled together, and they were sitting and weeping in Abel-Mayin, which is between Lebanon and Senir, covering their faces. 10. And I recited in their presence all the visions that I had seen in the dream, and I began to speak the words of truth and vision and reprimand to the heavenly Watchers.

34 chapter one “It will prove to be a blessing” recalls the language of the Abrahamic covenant (Gen 12:3); in fact, it alludes to precisely the provision of the covenant that the An. Apoc. seeks to elucidate, if our hypothesis is correct. A second Noah apocalypse, now embedded in the “Parables” (chaps. 65–67), repeats the basic pattern. There, God tells Noah: 67:3. I will establish your seed before me forever and ever, scattering abroad those who dwell with you so that your seed may not prove unfruitful56 on the face of the earth; rather, they will be blessed, and they will multiply on the earth in the Name of the Lord.

I should hasten to add here that this fourth proposal does not necessarily invalidate the other interpretations entirely (white bull as Davidide, as New Adam, as Son of Man), because the “true Jacob” is an exalted, idealized figure who carries with him something of these other meanings as well, as I hope to show during the course of the study. 3. The Enoch Tradition and the Abrahamic Covenant What evidence is there for this admittedly ambitious hypothesis? Support may to be found, first of all, in the evidence that Enochians consistently took a special interest in the Abrahamic covenant.

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