Book of enoch dating
I have discovered something very interesting in the Book of Enoch.
In the 18th chapter, he is describing a journey with the angels, where they are flying in an angelic "spaceship" southwards on the earth, and coming to a place where there are pillars of heavenly fire.
All sorts of sites, cities and villas, rural farmsteads were abandoned.
In the Hula Valley, Tel Anafa was abandoned in 75 BCE; in the Akko plain scores of small farmsteads were deserted in the early first century; on the coast, Dor, Strato’s Tower, and Ashdod sat unoccupied by the beginning the first century; in the foothills and in Idumea, Gezer, and Maresha lay deserted.”The provenance of Enoch is believed to be Upper Galilee, the same areas described by Berlin as “largely depopulated” in the first century BCE.
Isaac, as follows: Enoch clearly referred to an Individual chosen by God the Before-Time who was a Prototype of Himself and who was also called The Son of Man, because He would later be transformed into a human being, and who would be victorious over all enemies.
Now, over this abyss, where the heavenly fire goes up and down like immense pillars, there are seven stars.
Enoch does not tell us how the “those who rule the dry ground” acquired their land or how the “righteous ones” lost their land.
Berlin certainly confirms these areas “largely depopulated” would be available for easy taking.
The most interesting approach to the dating of Enoch is that of Charlesworth and his analysis of the meaning and significance of the use of the phrase “dry ground” in the Parables (En 48:8; 62:9; 63:1-10). Moreover, according to Charles worth “the best location for those who live near swamps – non dry ground – and lament the loss of dry ground to the Herodians and their henchmen, is the Hulah Valley, the large swampy area from Dan or Banias to Bethsaida or Capernaum.” The transfiguration took place near Banias.
Prior to the 19th century, Palestine was defined by two types of land: the dry land, and the swamps and marshes. According to Charlesworth, “they defined the low country near the coast, the vast areas west of Kinneret, and especially the land in Hulah Valley.” Charlesworth also noted that many Jewish people lost their land during Herod’s reign to Herod and his hierarchy. Furthermore, “archaeological excavations strengthen the conclusion we obtained by focusing on texts.