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A M a n W h o N e v e r D i e s

To: alt.magick
From: "Alex Sumner" 
Subject: Re: A  M a n  W h o  N e v e r  D i e s
Date: Sat, 25 Jan 2003 17:23:08 -0000

"Snake FourSixNineNine"  wrote in message

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> The "Book of Enoch" was declared apocryphal, and like the
> Book of Seth, and other ancient manuscripts, was denied entrance
> into the "approved" version of the original Bible by the Nicene
> Council of 325 A.D.

I think these Thule people have got the wrong end of the stick. "The Book of
Enoch" is not part of the Apocrypha, but the "Pseudepigraphica" - "falsely
attributed" i.e. one of a number of books that were recognised as being not
written by their purported author.

> But what is an Apocrypha? The etymology of the term shows that
> it is simply a SECRET BOOK, i.e. one that belonged to the
> catalogue of temple libraries under the guardianship of the
> Hierophants and initiated priests, and was NEVER meant for the
> common folk.
>      Apocrypha comes from the verb "crypto", "to hide".

All this rests on a false premise: They have mistranslated "Apocrypha" which
does not mean, as they allege, "secret" but "untrue". The Apocrypha as a
term refers to a series of books from the Old Testament era,  which were not
accepted by the Jews as part of the Hebrew Scriptures and were excluded from
the Protestant Bible during the Reformation. Catholics, however, -do- accept
(most of) the books of the Apocrypha as canonical. However, the difference
between the Apocrypha and Pseudepigraphica is that Jews, Catholics and
Protestants have never accepted the latter as canonical.

What appears to have happened is that Pseudepigraphical texts have only ever
been accepted by dissenting minorities, whereas Apocryphal texts have been
accepted by at least one majority group. The Book of Enoch is the closest
that a Pseudepigraphical text has come to being accepted as canonical,
mainly because it was quoted by Saint Jude in his Letter.



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