Fallen Angels, the Watchers, and the Origins of Evil

A Problem of Choice

Author: Joseph B. Lumpkin

Publisher: Fifth Estate Incorporated

ISBN: 9781933580104

Category: Philosophy

Page: 130

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Evil walked the earth when angels fell. Evil stalks us now in disembodied spirits; immortal wraiths once clothed in flesh when angel and women bred; spirits released from their fleshly prisons when their bodies were destroyed for drinking the blood of men. Evil also lives inside of the common man; set free when pride kills reason and eats integrity whole. There is evil that entraps us and evil that tugs from within. But neither have control until we choose to relent. Evil is a choice of action, of thoughts entertained too long, of arrogance pushing aside the last vestiges of compassion. Evil resides within the problem of choice. What is evil? Could it be as simple as pernicious selfishness? Could it be the drive for immediate gratification without regard for others? Man's life is limited; one hundred years or less. But, the souls of angel and watcher are eternal. Consider how much evil can be wrought through the millennia of immediate gratification on an eternal scale. By contrasting and comparing ancient texts such as Enoch, Jasher, Jubilees, the Bible, and various others containing stories of the creation of angels, demons, and man, a full and panoramic history of evil is produced. In this history the startling revelation of the descent of man and angels, and the evolution of evil on earth is clearly revealed.

Fallen Angels and the Origins of Evil

Why Church Fathers Suppressed the Book of Enoch and Its Startling Revlations

Author: Elizabeth Clare Prophet

Publisher: Summit University Press

ISBN: 0922729433

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 524

View: 1736

The Book of Enoch was denounced, banned, and "lost" for over a thousand years--until in 1773 a Scottish explorer discovered three copies in Ethiopia. This book examines the controversy surrounding The Book of Enoch, and sheds new light on Enoch's forbidden mysteries.

Das Buch Henoch

Uebersetzt und Erklärt Von Dr. A. Dillmann

Author: August Dillmann

Publisher: N.A


Category: Ethiopic book of Enoch

Page: 331

View: 516

Fallen Angels and the History of Judaism and Christianity

The Reception of Enochic Literature

Author: Annette Yoshiko Reed

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139446878

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

View: 8496

This book considers the early history of Jewish-Christian relations focussing on traditions about the fallen angels. In the Book of the Watchers, an Enochic apocalypse from the third century BCE, the 'sons of God' of Gen 6:1–4 are accused of corrupting humankind through their teachings of metalworking, cosmetology, magic, and divination. By tracing the transformations of this motif in Second Temple, Rabbinic, and early medieval Judaism and early, late antique, and Byzantine Christianity, this book sheds light on the history of interpretation of Genesis, the changing status of Enochic literature, and the place of parabiblical texts and traditions in the interchange between Jews and Christians in Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages. In the process, it explores issues such as the role of text-selection in the delineation of community boundaries and the development of early Jewish and Christian ideas about the origins of evil on the earth.

The Book of Enoch

Author: R. H. Charles

Publisher: Book Tree

ISBN: 1585092630

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 96

View: 3077

Originally published: Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1893.

Vom Ursprung des Bösen

Author: Ellery Queen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783832183035


Page: 283

View: 9684

Beim Öffnen eines Pakets stirbt ein Juwelier aus Hollywood an Herzversagen. Seine Adoptivtochter vermutet einen Mordanschlag und bittet Ellery Queen um seine Hilfe. - Klassischer Detektivroman.

Ancient Jewish Sciences and the History of Knowledge in Second Temple Literature

Author: Seth L. Sanders

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 147986398X

Category: History

Page: 275

View: 2127

Until very recently, the idea of ancient Jewish sciences would have been considered unacceptable. Since the 1990’s, Early Modern and Medieval Science in Jewish sources has been actively studied, but the consensus was that no real scientific themes could be found in earlier Judaism. This work points them out in detail, and posits a new field of research: the scientific activity evident in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Early Jewish Pseudepigrapha. The publication of new texts and new analyses of older ones reveals crucial elements that are best illuminated by the history of science, and may have interesting consequences for it. The contributors evaluate these texts in relation to astronomy, astrology and physiognomy, marking the first comprehensive attempt to account for scientific themes in Second Temple Judaism. They investigate the meaning and purpose of scientific explorations in an apocalyptic setting. An appreciation of these topics paves the way to a renewed understanding of the scientific fragments scattered throughout rabbinic literature. The book first places the Jewish material in the ancient context of the Near Eastern and Hellenistic worlds. While the Jewish texts were not on the cutting edge of scientific discovery, they find a meaningful place in the history of science, between Babylonia and Egypt, in the time period between Hipparchus and Ptolemy. The book uses recent advances in method to examine the contacts and networks of Jewish scholars in their ancient setting. Second, the essays here tackle the problematic concept of a national scientific tradition. Although science is nowadays often conceived as universal, the historiography of ancient Jewish sciences demonstrates the importance of seeing the development of science in a local context. The book explores the tension between the hegemony of central scientific traditions and local scientific enterprises, showing the relevance of ancient data to contemporary postcolonial historiography of science. Finally, philosophical questions of the demarcation of science are addressed in a way that can advance the discussion of related ancient materials. Online edition available as part of the NYU Library's Ancient World Digital Library and in partnership with the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW).

Apocalypticism in the Dead Sea Scrolls

Author: John J. Collins

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134757506

Category: History

Page: 208

View: 7605

Since the photographs of the Dead Sea Scrolls were released in 1992, there has been an explosion of interest in them. This volume explores the issue of apocalypticism in the Scrolls; how the notions of the 'end', Messianic expectation and eternal life affected the Dead Sea sect, influenced Judaism and filtered into Christianity. Collins' volume provides a valuable and accessible introduction to the interpretation of the Scrolls, which is an informative addition to the series examining the major themes of the Scroll texts.

Enoch and the Gospel of Matthew

Author: Amy E. Richter

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621893928

Category: Religion

Page: 242

View: 9094

Matthew's Gospel contains material unique to it among the canonical Gospels. What is the background for this material? Why does the writer of Matthew's Gospel tell the story of Jesus in the way he does--including women in his genealogy, telling the story of the birth of Jesus in his particular way, and including the visit of the magi led by a star? Enoch and the Gospel of Matthew shows that the writer of Matthew was familiar with themes and traditions about the antediluvian patriarch Enoch, including the story of the fall of the angels called watchers, who transgress their heavenly boundaries to engage in illicit relations with women and teach them forbidden arts. The Gospel writer shows that Jesus brings about the eschatological repair of the consequences of the watchers' fall as told in the Enochic legend. This study focuses on Matthew's genealogy and infancy narrative and also has implications for the study of women in Matthew, since it is often through the stories of women in Matthew that the repair of the watchers' transgression takes place.

Discovering the Traditions of Prose Prayers in Early Jewish Literature

Author: Michael D. Matlock

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 0567458105

Category: Religion

Page: 256

View: 2847

In this volume Michael D. Matlock analyses five lengthy biblical prose prayers from the exilic and post-exilic period: Solomon's prayer (1 Kings 8.14-61), Ezra's prayer (Ezra 9.5-15), Nehemiah's prayer (Nehemiah 1.4-11), the Levites' prayer (Nehemiah 9.4-37), and the prayer of Daniel (Daniel 9:3-19). He also examines prayers from Second Temple literature including texts from the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, the writings of Philo and Josephus and texts from Qumran, and discusses the Septuagintal versions of the five biblical prayers and Targum Jonathan's treatment of Solomon's prayer. He offers a new English translation of each prayer, examines the prayers' rhetorical characteristics, and demonstrates how each prayer draws upon and reinterprets traditional images and materials. Matlock describes how each prayer relates to its larger narrative context and examines its functions within that context. Finally, he appraises the various similarities and differences in these prayers in terms of their different contexts in the Second Commonwealth period noting particular theologies and ideologies.

Oratio ad Graecos

Author: Tatianos

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck

ISBN: 9783161509391

Category: Religion

Page: 308

View: 4720

English summary: Tatian's Oratio ad Graecos, written in the second century AD, is of historico-cultural and theological significance. It facilitates the understanding of a Christianity which was increasingly taking hold of the higher social classes and which was no longer willing to accept the sovereignty of a pagan culture in the Greco-Roman world. It is thus early evidence of a growing mood in emerging Christianity that indicated the will to enter into the battle between the cultures. In this new critical edition, Jorg Trelenberg provides a reliable source text and a new translation which takes the current state of research into consideration. Numerous explanations contribute to easy understanding; the introduction to the work combines all the scholarly discussions of the last one and a half centuries. At the end of the book the author deals with particular problems, such as the relationship between Tatian and Justin, the question of Tatian's gnostic heresy or the problem of the literary genre of this unusual work. German description: Tatians O ratio ad Graecos ist eine kulturhistorisch und theologisch hochst wertvolle Schrift des zweiten nachchristlichen Jahrhunderts. Sie erleichtert das Verstandnis eines Christentums, das zunehmend auch die hoheren sozialen Schichten ergreift und mit wachsendem Selbstbewusstsein nicht mehr bereit ist, die pagane Kulturhoheit in der griechisch-romischen Welt zu akzeptieren. Der Autor versteht sich als die Stimme einer ausserlich unterdruckten, aber innerlich stolzen religiosen Minderheit, die sich von deklassierenden Vorurteilen mehr und mehr emanzipieren und gesellschaftliche Erniedrigung nicht langer ertragen will. Die Oratio ad Graecos ist ein beredtes Zeugnis fur eine im aufstrebenden Christentum sich verstarkende Stimmung und Neigung, allmahlich den aKampf der Kulturen zu probieren und mit allen Konsequenzen aufzunehmen.In seiner kritischen Neu-Edition lasst Jorg Trelenberg die handschriftliche Uberlieferung des, den eine hochspekulative Textemendation in der Vergangenheit stark verfremdet hatte, wieder starker zur Geltung kommen. Seine neue deutsche Ubersetzung ersetzt die verdienstvolle, aber nach nunmehr 100 Jahren veraltete Version in der BKV durch eine moderne, den fortgeschrittenen Forschungsstand berucksichtigende Fassung. Zahlreiche Sacherklarungen bieten dem modernen Leser Hilfen fur das Verstandnis, die ausfuhrliche Werkeinleitung bundelt die gelehrte Diskussion der letzten anderthalb Jahrhunderte. Einen Abschluss bildet die Erorterung von Spezialproblemen, beispielsweise das Verhaltnis Tatians zu Justin, die Frage nach Tatians gnostischer Haresie oder auch das Problem der Gattung dieses ungewohnlichen und in seiner Art einmaligen Werkes.

Judah Between East and West

The Transition from Persian to Greek Rule (ca. 400-200 BCE)

Author: Lester L. Grabbe

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0567526267

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 802

This is a collection of essays examining the period of transition between Persian and Greek rule of Judah, ca. 400-200 BCE. Subjects covered include the archaeology of Maresha/Marisa, Jewish identity, Hellenization/Hellenism, Ptolemaic administration in Judah, biblical and Jewish literature of the early Greek period, the size and status of Jerusalem, the Samaritans in the transition period, and Greek foundations in Palestine.

Women and Knowledge in Early Christianity

Author: Ulla Tervahauta,Ivan Miroshnikov,Outi Lehtipuu,Ismo Dunderberg

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004344934

Category: Religion

Page: 392

View: 6606

Women and Knowledge in Early Christianity offers a collection of essays that deal with perceptions of wisdom, femaleness, and their interconnections in a wide range of ancient sources, including papyri, Nag Hammadi documents, heresiological accounts and monastic literature.

The Corruption and Redemption of Creation

Nature in Romans 8.19-22 and Jewish Apocalyptic Literature

Author: Harry Hahne

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 0567339696

Category: Religion

Page: 286

View: 2896

Nature plays an important and often neglected role in Jewish apocalypses. Most Second Temple Jewish apocalypses (ca. 200 BC - AD 100) do not oppose the material world, but view nature as damaged by human and angelic sin. Rather than expecting God to destroy the world, many look forward to God's dramatic eschatological deliverance of nature from corruption. Although Romans 8:19-22 was not written in the genre of an apocalypse, it shares the basic apocalyptic world view. The Apostle Paul follows that stream of apocalyptic thought that looks forward to the transformation of creation by an eschatological divine act, the reversal of the damage caused by sin, and the perfection of nature to share glory with redeemed humanity. A comparison of nature in Jewish apocalypses and Romans 8:19-22 reveals important insights into the theology of early Judaism and its influence on early Christian thought.

The Judgments of the Watchers

Author: James Lewallen

Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing, Incorporated

ISBN: 9781644582190

Category: Religion

Page: 252

View: 4545

The author of this book was driven by a vision that God so impressed upon him, that he was compelled to understand its interpretation and purpose. Contained herein, is a detailed account of the ancient Watchers, during the early times of earth's co-habitation with mankind. As such, we are finally given a meticulously clear account of the origin of not simply the sin nature, but the vehicle of the perversion and wickedness that we have inherited in our lives today. By way of a rebellion that was diabolical in nature, this wickedness was brought to the earthly plane, by a group of fallen angels from the angelic realm, who in their righteous state, were called Holy Watchers. These angelic hosts were created by God Himself, to act as protectors and guardians of mankind, in accordance with the Creator's purpose; however, there was a group of these Watchers (fallen angels) who left their heavenly abode, and their responsibility for which they were created, as protectorates for humanity, and were driven from Heaven by their own compulsion of lust for the beautiful women of the earth. The result has been catastrophic to mankind! The offspring of these "fallen angels" became the Giants in the land; the Nephilim, who brought forth such a vile and perverse nature of evil into the earth that God, the Father of Creation, was forced to bring His judgments upon the evil Watchers and their offspring. In the meantime, (even since the flood), the effect of this rebellious nature upon the earth, has been to defile mankind and everything aligned with goodness and truth . . . And mankind is still contending with this evil to this day.

Encyclopedia of Demons in World Religions and Cultures

Author: Theresa Bane

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786488948

Category: Religion

Page: 416

View: 5111

This exhaustive volume catalogs nearly three thousand demons in the mythologies and lore of virtually every ancient society and most religions. From Aamon, the demon of life and reproduction with the head of a serpent and the body of a wolf in Christian demonology, to Zu, the half-man, half-bird personification of the southern wind and thunder clouds in Sumero-Akkadian mythology, entries offer descriptions of each demon’s origins, appearance and cultural significance. Also included are descriptions of the demonic and diabolical members making up the hierarchy of Hell and the numerous species of demons that, according to various folklores, mythologies, and religions, populate the earth and plague mankind. Very thoroughly indexed.

Foundations of Atlantis, Ancient Astronauts and Other Alternative Pasts

148 Documents Cited by Writers of Fringe History, Translated with Annotations

Author: Jason Colavito

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476619409

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 268

View: 1967

Did aliens visit ancient civilizations? Could Jesus have fathered a dynasty? Did people of the ancient world visit the Americas centuries before Columbus? The public enjoys such questions, which have spawned countless books, movies and television series, but very rarely is any actual evidence produced. According to many eager writers and television hosts, evidence for long-ago astronauts or early transatlantic voyages can be found in ancient texts. But too often sources remain obscure and some writers have altered or fabricated texts to make their case for extraterrestrials and lost civilizations. This book examines more than 130 very old texts used to make the case for Atlantis, aliens, fallen angels, the Great Flood, giants, transatlantic voyagers, ancient high technology and many other mysteries. English translations are presented with explanatory notes showing how these texts have been used and abused to make entertaining claims about prehistory.

Zeitmaschinen gehen anders

Meisterwerke der Science Fiction - Roman

Author: David Gerrold

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641209927

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

View: 9650

Das Geheimnis der Zeit Daniel Eakins, ein Collegestudent im Jahr 1974, bekommt eines Tages Besuch von seinem Onkel Jim. Doch dieser stirbt schon bald und hinterlässt Daniel ein einzigartiges Erbstück – einen Zeitgürtel. Damit ist Daniel in der Lage, in der Zeit hin und her zu reisen. Schon bald begegnet er in der Zukunft einer weiteren Version seiner selbst, gewinnt Geld bei Pferdewetten und wird reich. Aber das wahre Geheimnis der Zeit kennt er noch nicht, und es wird ihn alles kosten ...

The Watchers

Author: CK Quarterman

Publisher: Ambassador International

ISBN: 1620203847

Category: Religion

Page: 160

View: 7678

One of the most fascinating and interesting ancient texts is the Book of Genesis. The entire Bible rests on its foundation because it forms part of all subsequent inspiration. Genesis is the true account of Divine creative actions and a book of origins of the universe, life and man. It’s not myth or the corruption of primitive truth handed down by tradition, but rather the authentic record of fallen angels and giants. Genesis is shrouded in mystery and belongs to the age of pyramids and other great wonders of the world. It is the epoch of a world once destroyed by God’s judgment, later recreated, and then again destroyed by a worldwide flood. Genesis provides evidence matching the information found in tales, folklore, and traditions of many cultures around the world. Genesis tells us of a race of Nephilim (giants that were fathered by the Watchers). Strangely and interestingly for our generations, the Lord declares that this conspiracy of evil is to be repeated before His return. Consequently, it is important from the standpoint of both understanding history and our future that we understand the events of Genesis. In this book, the author draws back the curtain concealing some of life’s greatest mysteries. He endeavors to place man in his cosmic setting, shows his particular uniqueness, and begins to trace the flow of Divine revelation through space and time. This analysis offers clear and concise answers to every major dilemma within Genesis while staunchly defending the authority of Scripture. It’s also a clear exposition of Scripture and has excellent readability. A storm is gathering which will lead to the end of the world as we know it. This culmination will be so terrifying that fear alone will one day cause mens’ hearts to fail them. We must not approach this coming apocalypse unaware or unarmed. Surprisingly the secrets and clues for our survival are found in Genesis!