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Xulon Press Commentary On The Book Of Enoch: Commentary And Paraphrase

Fifty years after James Bruce brought a copy of the Book of Enoch to England, Richard Laurence made a first modern translation. Later, R.H. Charles made another translation. Recently, Michael A Knibb put together an adequate translation. Yet all of these translations are rough, obscure, and confusing to Christians today. Using all of the sources now available, along with an in-depth study of the book, author John D. Ladd has prepared this paraphrase/translation.
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Date:November 24, 2013
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the reference in the paraphrase to 'gravity' may need explained...
I paraphrased the mss due to the many Hebrew idioms, figures of speech, and Hebraisms in the original language.
If you have read the translation by R.H. Charles, for instance, you see how hard the language is to translate due to figurative language...
So, when I used the word 'gravity', it was because the angel speaking would have known what 'gravity' is, even before Adam was created, and God knew, for He created gravity...
The language in that part shows that figuratively, and with different Hebraisms, the reference there was to the same place as described in Revelation to the 'abyss' between hell fire and paradise, wherein is a 'bottomless' pit due to the balance of gravity therein...
Former translations have tried to with 'word for word' translation infer what is being spoken of, a paraphrase can see the reference is to the 'bottomless pit' wherein lack of gravitational pull makes the place seem to be without gravity, and therefore 'bottomless'.
So, I do not apologize for using 'gravity' in a paraphrase, though they would not have understood 'gravity' at the time of its writing, we do now, and it makes the idioms of the passage understandable. A paraphrase is done to make it more clear, as to what is referred to... now we can understand what God was trying to get across to Enoch in that time.
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Questionable Paraphrase with Absurd Commentary

Date:March 12, 2011
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I purchased this paraphrase of Enoch I because it was the only copy that I could locate on this website. While it provides some value, since I have no other references of this text, its veracity is questionable since this is a paraphrase and not a translation. I believe that the author is well intentioned and has spent what appears to be a considerable amount of time contemplating the apocalyptic nature of some of this document. Unfortunately, the paraphrase in some cases is heavily influenced by the the author's presuppositions ie: Enoch referring to gravity (which would not have been conceived for several centuries later). When I began observing some of these discrepencies it has made me suspect of some of his other tranlations and therefore can not be deemed authoritative for greater study.
On another note, Ladd's commentary, which I believe to be arrived at through much of his innocent consideration, is almost laughable. Ladd has beliefs that he has arrived at through the text that causes him to give suggestion to persons that may be interested in piloting an expedition in the the core of the earth, where he postulates hell and the lake of fire to be found. His diagrams and commentaries in this regard are akin to something one would find in a Jules Verne meets Dan Brown novel.
The quaility of the presentation and format of this book was also very disappointing. The typeface and fonts used were comparable to a college students report circa 1985. The entire presentation lacks a professional appearance.
To those who may be considering delving into the Book of Enoch I, do yourself a favour and purchase something without a commentary and stick to a translation only such as R.H. Charles. I regret that I purchased this book and will be off to purchase a more credible work like Charles' in the future.
Although, I appreciate the effort that Ladd put into this work, his postulations are laughable and his translation falls short.
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Very inspirational and informative.

Date:February 10, 2011
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John Ladd presents the book of Enoch with great care and scholarship. it is easy to understand. He presents that our Heavenly Father is totally sovereign.
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Date:June 3, 2010
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Paul Morris
This is a fabulous read! I was amazed to learn that it was part of the Jewish canon til 90 AD, and part of the early church canon til Augustine and Jerome forced it to be removed. Thanks be to the Ethiopian Christians (Coptic and Abyssinian) for keeping it in theirs thru the centuries.It sure sheds a lot of light on passages referred to in the bible, that give little detail, probably because Enoch was in the canon also back then.
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Date:April 23, 2010
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Arthur Banks
Very enlightening. It deepens my understanding of God, His word and the plan that God has for the world.
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Date:April 6, 2010
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Beverly Johnson
This is a very interesting book, with in-depth commentary. It is easy to read, and very informative. I would recommend it to everyone, interested in Biblical Studies and History.
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Date:December 2, 2009
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Joseph Thimm
I have read the book twice, about a man favored by God, refered to in the old and new testament, and translated like Elijah to Heaven. A book written pre-flood by Enoch is fasinating reading and compliments the King James bible very well. God permitted him to see the future, defining as best he could the events and peoples. If Enoch was favored and taken up by God, then his writing has credibility. The commentarys are excellent with scripture support thoughout.
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