March 17, 2009

Enoch & the Metatron

It's superficial to suppose that our interest in the Metatron is merely because his name sounds like a "superhero baddie". It's also further research into a once-&-future hip-hop project about large-breasted angels. Philip Pullman made the archangel into the Blakean usurping Prime Minister to the decrepit God at the end of His Dark Materials trilogy. (Are they going to make the second two into movies? I just looked at the imdb for The Subtle Knife, & it sort of eternally says "Pre-Production") Anyway, when Mr Mary told me he met a man named Enoch, I twoted him the passage from the "Generations of Adam" (Genesis Book 5), where, in contradistinction from Adam, Seth, Mahalaleel, Jared, Methuseleh, & the rest, about all of whom it makes a point of writing "and he died." Here is the equivalent passage for Enoch:

And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:
And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. [Gen. 5:24-25]
Very mysterious. And so there are traditions in Jewish mysticism where Enoch becomes the highest angel Metatron, & there's some Apocrypha about him. I'm impressed that the website lets you embed all sorts of gnostic gospels & pseudopigrapha into your blog, so here's the Third Book of Enoch for you to read all about the Metatron yourself:
Hebrew book of 3 Enoch
Qwill twotted back:
@SSandrigon Crazy. Just a few weeks ago I had an argument with a Catholic about whether Enoch ever died.

If we've learned anything from this, it's: when you're writing the history of your family, make sure to state "& he died" somewhere in every obituary, or for thousands of years people might be wondering what happened to Uncle Jeff.

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