the summoning of enoch

Enoch was to become the seventh in the recorded line of Hebrew Patriarchs, being the eldest son of Jared. He was the father of Methusaleh, the grand-father of Lamech, and the great grand-father of Noah, all of whom have their places in this narrative. He has always been given special reverence in the Hebraic tradition because of this unusual career. This, as already quoted on page 11, was described somewhat tersely by writer of Genesis:

Enoch walked with the Shining Ones. Then he disappeared because the Shining Ones took him away.

Fortunately, this laconic and enigmatic statement, which is not enlarged in Genesis, is considerably, and intelligibly, amplified in the Slavonic Secrets of Enoch (2 Enoch).

[SE I:2-10 PP] On the first day of the month, I was alone in my house and was resting on my bed. And as I was sleeping, I dreamt that a great grief came over me, and I wept; and I could not understand why I felt like this, or what was going to happen to me.

I awoke to find, in my room, two very tall men different fro many that I had seen in the Lowlands. Their faces shone like the Sun, and their eyes burned like lamps; and the breath from their mouths was like smoke. Their clothes were remarkable – being purplish [with the appearance of feathers]; and on their shoulders were things that I can only describe as ‘like golden wings’.

They stood by the head of my bed and I was awoken by them calling me by name. I bowed my head to them and hid my face, and they said to me:

Do not be afraid, Enoch; the Great Lord has sent us to you. And, today, you are to go with us up to the Highlands. Now tell your sons and your servants that they must manage without you down here; and tell them that no one is to come looking for you.

Eventually, you will be brought back.

So I obeyed them. I went out of the house and called my sons – Methusaleh, Regim and Godal – and told them what these men had said to me.

From The Shining Ones by Christian and Barbara Joy O’Brien