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New Perspectives on 2 Enoch: No Longer Slavonic Only
Editor Gabriele Boccaccini, Editor Andrei A. Orlov,
Leiden: Brill, 2012

New Perspectives on 2 Enoch: No Longer Slavonic Only

Reviewer David J. Larsen,

This book contains the proceedings of the Fifth Enoch Seminar, held in Naples, Italy, on June 14–18, 2009. The theme of the conference was "Adam, Enoch, Melchizedek: Mediatorial Figures in 2 Enoch and Second Temple Judaism," covering topics of intrinsic interest for biblical scholars generally, as well as for Latter-day Saints. The book's subtitle, No Longer Slavonic Only, refers to an important discovery announced at the seminar. The book of 2 Enoch is also commonly referred to as "Slavonic Enoch" because the text has been known only in its Slavonic translation; now Coptic fragments of the text have been found, indicating that this work was more widely used than had been previously thought. This announcement was a highlight of the gathering, and a summary of the importance of this new finding is included at the beginning of New Perspectives on 2 Enoch.

The vast majority of the book, however, discusses the most recent research and best conclusions regarding 2 Enoch that were available to present at the conference prior to this announcement. As 2 Enoch is generally understood to be an ancient Jewish (or perhaps Christian) text from, arguably, the first century AD, it is therefore possible that the earliest Christians, including some of the authors of the New Testament, could have known and been influenced by it.

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