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(Heb. חֲנוֹך/Ḥanôḥ, Gk Ἐνώχ/Enṓch) is, according to the source transmitted in Gen 4:17f. and attributed by biblical scholars to the Yahwist (Pentateuch), the son of Cain after whom his father named a city; in contrast, according to Priestly source (Gen 5:1ff.), as the son of Jared and father of Methuselah, he was a descendant of Seth (the name also occurs in Gen 25:4; 1 Chr 1:33 – son of Midian, grandson of Abraham; Exod 6:14; 1 Chr 5:3 – the eldest son of Reuben, grandson of Jacob; Num 26:5 – ancestor of the E…

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Herrmann, Klaus, “Enoch”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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