My question concerns the book of Enoch. As a big ancient history
buff, I have a profound interest in the book because it gives
a vivid picture of the pre-flood world. This is hard to come
by. I do not, however, make a habit of putting any trust
in anything that is not directly inspired by our Lord. Therefore,
I would greatly appreciate any insight you could give me
about whether the book is inspired by the Holy Spirit or
just a colorful narrative.
Both the Roman Catholic Church and the Protestants agree that
the Old and New Testaments are inspired, that is, the sixty-six
books of the Bible are written by God. The
apostles recognized these books as inspired by the Holy
All others were rejected as not having been written by God.
The Roman Catholic Church accepts another group of books as
being inspired. These books are called the Apocrypha and include:
Baruch, Bel and the Dragon, Ecclesiasticus, 1 and 2 Esdras,
The History of Susanna, Judith, 1 and 2 Maccabees, The Prayer
of Manasseh, Additions to Esther, The Song of the Three Holy
Children, Tobit, and The Wisdom of Solomon. Protestants reject
these books because they were never endorsed by the apostles
or the early church. All other books are rejected by both the
Roman Catholic Church and the Protestants.
The Pseudepigrapha is a group of books that are rejected by
both the Roman Catholic Church and Protestants. The Pseudepigrapha
contains a long list of books too long to present here. The
Books of Enoch are part of the Pseudepigrapha. Three books
are actually associated with Enoch, not just one. Each one
is different: the Ethiopic version of Enoch, a Slavonic version
of Enoch, and the Secrets of Enoch. Both the Roman Catholic
Church and the Protestants do not believe that any of these
books of Enoch are inspired or written by God.
There is not any reason to believe that any of the Books of
Enoch are inspired. The Old Testament, as we know it, was
endorsed by Jesus while He was alive on this earth. The
apostles endorsed the books of the New Testament.
The Old and New Testaments contain all of the books written
by God. The book of Enoch is just a colorful narrative!