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Putting the Book of Enoch Back Together Again



Putting the Book of Enoch Back Together Again
By
James Scott Trimm




Project Davar is an effort to put the original Hebrew and/or Aramaic manuscript texts of Scripture and other important documents online, on the internet with a literal English interlinear translation and keyed to Strong’s word numbers.

One of the most challenging documents we are doing this with is the Book of Enoch.  The Book of Enoch was lost to the Modern Western World but not to the Ethiopic Church, to which it has always remained canonical.  It was not until 1773 that the explorer James Bruce brought three copies of the Ethiopic version back to Europe from his travels into Ethiopia. Since that time several large fragments of Greek translations have been found, and most recently several fragmentary manuscripts of an Aramaic version have been found among the Dead Sea Scrolls.  (Aramaic and Hebrew are cognate languages, sharing much of the same vocabulary and grammar).  

Unfortunately, while several Aramaic copies were found, all of the Aramaic manuscripts were found in extremely poor condition.  Sadly worms had literally eaten large portions of the manuscripts, leaving behind only bits and pieces.  So we have several manuscripts that are each mostly eaten by worms, but the worms, being far from systematic, ate away different parts of each manuscript.  

The situation is analogous to taking ten boxes of the same 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle, throwing away a random 90% of the pieces from each puzzle away, and then combining the remaining pieces into a single box.  We have the picture of what the final product is supposed to look like (at least generally) as a guide (The Ethiopic Version), we have some unique pieces, some duplicate pieces and some pieces missing altogether.  Our job at Project Davar is to put the pieces together and restore the as much of the Ancient Aramaic text of the Book of Enoch as possible, while providing a literal interlinear English translation and wherever possible, keying the translation to Strong’s word numbers.

As you may imagine the work is time consuming and mentally labor intensive.  (Fortunately I love puzzles, and can solve a Rubik’s Cube in less than two minutes).

We have just gotten started and so far have only posted Chapters 6 and 7, which give you an idea of what we are doing to restore this text.  More chapters will be going up in coming days. (Click here to view the work so far)

Many of you have told us how much you like this project, how much it will improve the research capabilities of the layman in "at home" biblical research. but few have stepped up to financially support the project. This project is time intensive, but we are stepping up to equip Gideon's Army in these last days with the Word.

Now more than ever we need you to step up to the plate!

Do not let the principalities and authorities and the possessors of this dark world succeed. Stand with us in standing against the Enemy as we present the truth of Torah and the goodnews of Messiah to this lost world. As I have said to you many times, I look on this work as a co-operative one with me, and all of you combining our resources together in order to get the job done of helping to teach this great truth to all in the world who will listen.

Remember we depend on you to support this work with your contributions, tithes and offerings.

Folks I cannot say this strongly enough, we are contending with the enemy on all fronts over here, and frankly it can feel kind of lonely. We depend on your financial support.

HaSatan wishes "to steal and to kill and to destroy" (Jn. 10:10) HaSatan knows the time is short and has stepped up his war with those who proclaim both Torah Observance and Faith in Messiah (the two pillars of Nazarene Judaism) (Rev. 12:12, 17; 13:7). But no weapon forged against us will prosper (Is. 54:17).

Help us equip Gideon's army in these last days. Help us continue to put the Hebrew/Aramaic and English of the Heb/Aram NT, Enoch, Jasher and Apocrypha online with Strong's Word numbers!

This ongoing project is made possible by the freewill offerings of people like you. Please consider helping us make this work progress by clicking on the Paypal box on the right column, or by sending donations by paypal to donations@wnae.org or by surface mail to “Nazarene Judaism” to Nazarene Judaism; PO Box 471; Hurst, TX 76053.

Help support our project to put the ancient Aramaic text of the Book of the Enoch (see Jude 1:14-15) up on the internet in interlinear format keyed to Strong's Word Numbers. We started posting this material just recently, and will continue posting more every few days as the work continues. Click here to see it

Also support work like our new project to put all of the Hebrew and Aramaic NT manuscript texts up on the internet in interlinear format keyed to Strong's Word Numbers. We started posting this material just recently, and will continue posting more every few days as the work continues. Click here to see it

And our project to put the original Hebrew of the Book of the Jasher (see Josh. 10:13 & 2Sam. 1:18) up on the internet in interlinear format keyed to Strong's Word Numbers. We started posting this material just recently, and will continue posting more every few days as the work continues. Click here to see it

And our project to put the original Hebrew of the Books of the Apocrypha up on the internet in interlinear format keyed to Strong's Word Numbers. We will start posting this material very soon, and will continue posting more every few days as the work continues. Click here to see it

We are truly "laboring in the Word"!

If you believe in the work we are doing here then now is the time.



Please help us bring the message of Messiah and Torah to a lost world and create Scripture study materials for believers.

Do You Want This Ministry to Continue? We cannot make bricks without straw.

You can donate by going to the pay-pal counter at
http://www.nazarenespace.com or donations can be sent by paypal to donations@wnae.org.


Donations can also be made out to “Nazarene Judaism” and sent to:

Nazarene Judaism
PO Box 471
Hurst, TX 76053

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