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 Spirit. 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!