Methods in biblical scholarship

peter_kirk at peter_kirk at
Tue Dec 28 00:36:36 EST 1999

As Paul wrote, a Jew to the Jews and a Gentile to the Gentiles. When 
writing or speaking to Gentile Greeks, he quoted Greek poets. When his 
colleague Jude wrote to Jews (?), he quoted a popular Jewish work. 
That doesn't imply that either treated these works as Holy Scripture. 
Indeed, it seems that our Jewish friends have confirmed my 
understanding that the book of Enoch was never considered by Jews, at 
least in the mainstream, as on the same level as the Torah, the books 
of the Prophets etc. Yes, they read it and commented on it, as with 
Sirach, Jubilees etc, but it was never included in the same category.

Peter Kirk

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Subject: Re[5]: Methods in biblical scholarship
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Date:    27/12/1999 21:05

Whether you like it or not, but the cases are rather  different. In Jude 
there is a clear evidence to Henoch, in Acts, the reference is included in 
the speech to the Athinians and is to anonymous poets belonging to the Greek 
tradition, and in Titus it is the old adage by a Cretan that all Cretans are 


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> Jude (verse 14-15) quotes from Enoch, and in Acts 17:28 and Titus 1:12 
> Paul quotes from Greek authors. Do we conclude from the latter that
> the Greek writings in question were counted as Holy Scripture by the 
> Jews of the time?
> So, in the late first century or early second century CE Jewish canon, 
> was Enoch included?
> Peter Kirk

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