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The Patriarch '''Enoch''' is the son of Jared, the great-great-great-great grandson of Adam, and the father of [[Methuselah]]. He is not to be confused with Enoch the son of [[Cain]]  Enoch did not taste death. He lived 365 years and then ascended into Heaven, since it is written "for God took him" ([[Genesis|Gen.]] 5:24).  The New Testament contains three references to Enoch. The first is a brief mention in one of the genealogies of the ancestors of Jesus by Luke (Luke 3:37). The second mention is in Hebrews 11:5 which says, "By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God." This suggests he did not experience the mortal death ascribed to Adam's other descendants which is consistent with Genesis 5:24, which says, "And Enoch walked with God: and he [was] not; for God took him." The third mention is in the Epistle of Jude (1:14-15) where the author attributes to "Enoch, the Seventh from Adam" a passage unknown in the Old Testament. The quotation is believed by most modern scholars to be taken from 1 Enoch 1:9 which exists in Greek, in Ethiopic as part of the Ethiopian Orthodox canon and also in Aramaic among the Dead Sea Scrolls. The [[Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church|Ethiopian Orthodox Church]] includes the ''Book of Enoch'' in their canons. This text describes Enoch's ascent into heaven. This book is not accepted in the Eastern Orthodox Canon but is considered as an [[Apocrypha|apocryphal]] text. According to prophecies of the holy Fathers, God will send Elijah and Enoch before coming of the [[Antichrist]] to bear witness for Christ on the earth and to strengthen the faithful.
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