This edition includes a new introduction by bestselling author and expert on mysticism and the occult Lon Milo DuQuette, who writes, "The Book of Enoch is important more for what it is rather than for what it says. It could be argued that it, more than any other single document, is responsible for western civilization's most dangerous and nightmarish neurosis—war in heaven, fallen angels, heaven and hell."
Enoch the Prophet was one of few, along with St. Paul and Elijah, reputed to have ascended to heaven in mortal form without dying. This superlative translation by noted scholar and theologian R.H. Charles—from the I Ethopic manuscript discovered by James Bruce in the late 1700s—is one of the most authoritative and complete versions available, and includes an introduction by noted esoteric scholar and antiquarian bookseller, R. A. Gilbert, placing The Book of Enoch in historical context and dispelling many of the dubious interpretations previously attributed to it.
The Book of Enoch takes a very different view of the Apocalypse than that of western Christians, although it is part of the biblical canon for Ethiopian and Eretrean Christians. According to Enoch, the wicked shall be cast out and the good will realize a literal heaven on Earth. The prophecies also contain the lost "Book of Noah," early references to a messiah as "Christ," and an accounting of the angels and subsequent creation of demons.