By Daniel Olson
'A New analyzing of the Animal Apocalypse of one Enoch' is the main accomplished theological statement in this vital second-century BCE Jewish apocalypse to this point, laying out the aim and method of this Enochic allegory and utilizing this because the foundation for a brand new remark almost always textual content, awarded right here in a clean translation. opposed to different interpretations that target Israel and its associations, Daniel Olson argues that the promise of common blessing within the Abrahamic covenant is gifted within the 'Animal Apocalypse' because the governing dynamic in a sacred heritage that starts and ends with humanity quite often. The actual Jacob/Israel will seem in spite of everything instances and be the catalyst of common salvation.
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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. Again, the plant metaphor is used (“seed,” “scattered,” “not unfruitful”), and the language of multiplication and blessing echoes the Abrahamic covenant (cf. Gen 13:15–16 and 15:5). 57 But even Noah is not the terminus. 58 A more direct link between the Abrahamic plant and Enoch himself can be seen in the verse which immediately precedes the An.
Although it continues to be popular, Dillmann’s suggestion does not explain why a Greek translator would transliterate rather than translate a common biblical animal name, and Goldschmidt’s and Torrey’s suggestions require a normal animal name to be mistaken twice in the same sentence for a different word that would be far more unusual in context. 18 He suggests that the Greek translator was a Christian who read “( ִאַמּרlamb”) as “( ֵאַמרword”) in order to find a prophecy of Christ in this Enochic writing, and to that end he translated it with λόγος, with reference to the divine Logos of John 1:1, 14.
Careful comparison of this Ethiopian exegesis with the Coptic Apocalypse of Elijah (late 3rd c. ce or earlier) suggests that such an interpretation of the ending of the An. Apoc. was already known in Egyptian Christianity well before 17 The fact that דברin its verbal form (“to lead”) is attested in the An. Apoc. (4Q206 5 ii 16; cf. Nickelsburg, 1 Enoch 1, 403) only makes it harder to explain why Aramaic “leader” would be read as Hebrew “word” in 90:38. 18 Lindars seems unaware that Charles had already anticipated the gist of his solution.
A New Reading of the Animal Apocalypse of 1 Enoch: "All Nations Shall be Blessed" - With a New Translation and Commentary by Daniel Olson