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"Enoch appears in Genesis as the seventh of the ten pre-Deluge Patriarchs. The function of the Patriarchs is primarily to mark the passage of immense periods of time: each lives for several centuries, has a son, lives more centuries, and dies. Enoch is unique in the series on two counts: his life-span of 365 years is extremely short in the context of his long-lived peers, and he does not die, the bible noting rather that "he was not, for God took him" (Genesis 5:22-29).

"The enigmatic description given to Enoch is that he "walked with God, and was not", suggesting bodily translation to heaven and leading to speculation and lore such as the second-century BC Book of Enoch, which is canonical in Coptic Christianity."[1]


"Enoch lived three hundred years after the birth of Methuselah, and he had other sons and daughters. The whole lifetime of Enoch was three hundred and sixty-five years. Then Enoch walked with God, and he was no longer here, for God took him" (Gen 5:22-24).


"Few on earth have been made the equal of Enoch, for he was taken up bodily" (Enoch 49:14).


"By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and 'he was found no more because God had taken him.' Before he was taken up, he was attested to have pleased God" (Hebrews 11:5).


"Enoch, of the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied also about them [false teachers] when he said, 'Behold, the Lord has come with his countless holy ones to execute judgment on all and to convict everyone for all the godless deeds that they committed and for all the harsh words godless sinners have uttered against him'" (Jude 1:14-15; fn: "Cited from the apocryphal Book of Enoch 1:9.").