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Enoch
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1. The name “Enoch” (or “Hanoch,” both from Gk. Henōch, Heb. ḥănôk) is of uncertain meaning, perhaps “follower” or “initiate.” It is used in the Bible for various figures in Genesis 1–11 and the story of the patriarchs: (1) the eldest son of Cain and builder of the first city, of the same name (Gen. 4:17–18); (2) the son of Jared, descendant of Seth (see 2); (3) the son of Midian, grandson of Abraham (Gen. 25:4; 1 Chr. 1:33); and (4) the eldest son of Reuben, grandson of Jacob (Gen. 46:9; Exod. 6:14; 1 Chr. 5:3), and founder of the family of the Hanochites (Num. 26:5).

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Schaller, Berndt, “Enoch”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 20 September 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_E262>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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