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Ancient Jewish Sciences and the History of Knowledge in Second Temple Literature$
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Jonathan Ben-Dov and Seth L. Sanders

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479823048

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479823048.001.0001

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Enoch’s Science

Enoch’s Science

(p.51) 3. Enoch’s Science
Ancient Jewish Sciences and the History of Knowledge in Second Temple Literature

James VanderKam

NYU Press

This chapter examines the scientific teaching and key scientific concepts of the Astronomical Book of Enoch. In particular, it considers whether the material in the Astronomical Book should be viewed as ancient science. It also discusses broader issues in connection with ancient Jewish science, including the Astronomical Book. The chapter first traces the history of transmission of Enochic wisdom before turning to Enoch's astronomical teaching in the Aramaic and Ethiopic traditions. It then considers whether the concept of a regular, legalized cosmos as promoted in most of the Astronomical Book is compatible with the threat posed by the apocalypse to this order, as well as evidential grammar in early Enochic literature.

Keywords:   cosmos, Enoch, ancient science, Astronomical Book, Enochic literature, Jewish science, apocalypse

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