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Enoch. Descendant of Adam (7th generation), in the Hebrew Bible. According to Genesis 5. 24, he was one who ‘walked with God and he was not; for God took him’. From this, he became central in apocalyptic speculation. Many legends became attached to him and several pseudepigraphical books bear his name.1 Enoch, or Ethiopic Enoch, contains a series of revelations to Enoch. The book is composite, and chs. 37–71, the ‘Similitudes’ or ‘Parables’, have attracted special attention because of their use of the term ‘Son of Man’.2 Enoch, Slavonic Enoch, or The Book of the Secrets of Enoch, recounts a tour by Enoch of the seven heavens.3 Enoch is a Hebrew Merkabah text to be dated perhaps to the 5th–6th cents. CE.

In Islam, the figure in the Qurʾān (19. 57 f., 21. 85) of Idrīs is usually identified by Muslims with Enoch.

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Enoch2 a Hebrew patriarch, father of Methuselah; he is said in the Bible to have lived for 365 years, and may be cited as a type of extreme longevity.

Enoch is also said to have ascended to heaven without dying, as in Genesis 5:24. By this story he is sometimes linked with Elijah, who ascended to heaven in a fiery chariot, and St John the Evangelist, whose later legend also says that he was taken up to heaven without dying.

Two works ascribed to him, the Book of Enoch and the Book of the Secrets of Enoch, date from the 2nd–1st centuries bc and 1st century ad respectively. A third treatise likewise dates from the Christian era.

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Enoch (ē´nək), in the Bible. 1 Son for whom Cain named the city he built. 2 Father of Methuselah. It was said of him that he walked with God—a phrase used also of Noah—and also that like Elijah he was translated to heaven. An alternate form is Henoch.

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Enoch Name of several Old Testament figures. One was the father of Methuselah, and writer of Pseudepigrapha, such as the Books of Enoch. Another was the eldest son of Cain.

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Enoch1 in the Bible, the eldest son of Cain, and the first city built by Cain (Genesis 4:17), named after him.

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