Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Genesis 5:20-24 (Commonplace Book)

"And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died. And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him."

This passage is in a big list, so it does not leap out at you. But Enoch is one of only two characters in the Bible (the other being Elijah) that does not die. These lines, paltry as they are, spawned a whole apocalyptic cult around Enoch, who is also a big figure in Kabbalah.

2 comments:

liam said...

i don't understand biblical language. my reading of the passage was that enoch died. "he was not."

am i wrong?

Geoff Klock said...

The passage as a whole lists off "he died" and "he died" in a very mechanical way -- I quoted one of the earlier "he died" to put it in context, but I guess that did not work. In the context this one weird guy stands out as someone God took to heaven to walk with him living INSTEAD of dying. It wasn't that he died; he just was not on earth anymore.

It could be a mistake reading the passage, but if it is I am in good company with kabbalah crazies.