Q. I recently discovered your website and have been reading the many questions posed to you, and your often times illuminating answers. It has been very helpful to me. I have a question, as well, having to do with the Epistle of Jude, verses 14 and 15, in which he quotes a prophecy from Enoch, the 7th from Adam. Here Jude is quoting First Enoch 1:9, from an apocryphal book deemed by early church scholars not to be inspired by God…and yet, Jude includes Enoch’s prophecy in his Epistle, which IS part of the canon of Scripture! How can this be? Your answer would be greatly appreciated.
A. The Books of Enoch were written by an unknown author thousands of years after Enoch left the Earth and were found to be theologically and historically inaccurate. But that doesn’t mean they were totally wrong. And remember, Jude like all of the other Bible writers, was under the influence of the Holy Spirit when he included the quote from Enoch. The appearance of Enoch’s quote in Jude’s epistle confirms that at least the quote is authentic.