Someone sent me an email a week ago that my new book, Reversing Hermon: Enoch, the Watchers, and the Forgotten Mission of Jesus Christ, was available for pre-order. Sorry I forgot to blog it then.
It’s been number 1 in the angels and demons new releases category since it went up, and the overall sales rank of all books sold on Amazon (millions of them) has gotten as low as 3000. Not sure what to make of that, but it’s encouraging!
In case you haven’t heard me talk about it, the book is unique. The focus is the story of the transgression of the Watchers in 1 Enoch 6-16 and how that story is reflected in various places in the New Testament. Like my earlier book, The Unseen Realm, every chapter in this new book is based on a university dissertation or peer-reviewed journal literature. That isn’t the unique part. What’s never been done before — popularly or in academia — is to collect that material and put it between two covers. It’s a first.
Click on the title link and pre-order Reversing Hermon: Enoch, the Watchers, and the Forgotten Mission of Jesus Christ.
The publisher tells me the book will be shipping March 7 or thereabouts.
We now have a schedule and a venue.
I will be speaking from 8:30 am-11:30 am in North San Diego County, Saturday, October 15. The location is:
Horizon Prep School
6233 El Apajo
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
I’ll be speaking for about 1.5 hrs about the content of my upcoming book (due out February or March 2017): Reversing Hermon: The Importance of the Transgression of the Watchers in 1 Enoch for New Testament Theology. That overview will be followed by Q & A time.
For more details and questions, and to confirm your interest, please email Greg Lyle at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I often get the question of whether I think books like 1 Enoch are canonical. I tell people I don’t — and that the question doesn’t matter. A book doesn’t need to be canonical to be useful, or to inform theological thinking. It’s quite evident the NT writers had the content of 1 Enoch and other non-canonical books floating around in their heads. They read them, and those books at times helped them articulate some point in their own letters, or molded their thinking. By way of illustration, if I read Calvin’s Institutes and his commentary on Romans, and then wrote my own Bible study guide about the meaning of the book of Romans, it would be impossible to not have Calvin in my head (no matter how predisposed I was to what Calvin said). Saying the New Testament writers were intellectually divorced from, and uninfluenced by, this material is dishonest and, frankly, uninformed.
For proof, check out this link (hat tip to Matthew for this): New Testament Allusions to Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha.
The material at the link is also available in a PDF I created:
New Testament Allusions to Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha