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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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Philological and Epistemological Remarks on Enoch’s Science

Philological and Epistemological Remarks on Enoch’s Science

Response to Papers by Seth Sanders and James VanderKam

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(p.103) 5. Philological and Epistemological Remarks on Enoch’s Science
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Ancient Jewish Sciences and the History of Knowledge in Second Temple Literature
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Loren T. Stuckenbruck

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479823048.003.0005

This chapter comments on papers by Seth L. Sanders and James VanderKam, both of whom identify and problematize our understanding of the Astronomical Book of Enoch as a product of emerging Jewish tradition that drew upon and departed from received traditions found in the Bible, Ancient Near East, and Hellenistic ideas. It considers the degree to which the Astronomical Book relates to ancient “science”, and whether revelation is always understood as essentially passive or whether there was a role for observation. It also examines the question of the practical role of the Astronomical Book in time-keeping and ritual and finally, whether this cosmic order was interpreted as eternal or itself a temporary part of a larger historical structure.

Keywords:   ancient science, Astronomical Book, Enoch, Jewish tradition, time-keeping, ritual, cosmic order

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