A Study of the Geography of 1 Enoch 17-19

“No One Has Seen What I Have Seen”


Author: Coblentz Bautch
A Study of the Geography of 1 Enoch 17-19 examines the travels of the patriarch Enoch who is given a guided tour of extraordinary and at times terrifying places located throughout the cosmos. Coblentz Bautch clarifies the text of 1 Enoch 17-19 by explaining how the sites described relate to one another geographically and by reconstructing the mental map of the geography that lies behind the textual descriptions. Especially provocative is the consideration of sources from the ancient Near East, Hebrew Bible and the world of Hellenistic Judaism that may have informed the world view of 1 Enoch 17-19 and parallel traditions. Through this study an important facet of apocalypses is illumined: their portrayal of geography and sacred space.

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Kelley Coblentz Bautch, Ph.D. (2002) in Hebrew Bible and Judaica, University of Notre Dame, is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at St. Edward's University, Austin, Texas. Her research interests include Second Temple period Judaism, apocalyptic literature, and gender and religion.
"This work is an important contribution to the field. I recommend it for serious scholars who are interested in apocalyptic literature or Second Temple Judaism." – John Whitley, in: Review of Biblical Literature (2005) "I would like to reiterate my gratitude for this important and stimulating book and to commend it to others for profitable further study." – James Scott, in: Review of Biblical Literature (2005)
Scholarly audiences interested in Hebrew Bible, Second Temple period Judaism, apocalyptic literature, apocalypses, pseudepigraphical literature, Judaica, Christian origins, New Testament; also theologians, geographers, and those interested in History of Science.