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I have to admit this is the first book I ve read by Dr Michael Heiser and I wasn t sure what to expect Frankly I wasn t sure I even wanted to read this book that is until pursuing CC Fenn s review on For sure one of the best reviews I ve read in a A Village Affair / A Passionate Man / The Rector's Wife long timeIn any case I purchased Reversing Hermon Enoch The Watchers the Forgotten Mission of Jesus Christ and really appreciated seeing the subject through Dr Heiser s eyes In this book Dr Heiser elevated the discussion of Genesis 6 from the oft sensationalist speculation to a historical and Biblical grounding which provides answers to several of the Bible s challenging passagesMore importantly Dr Heiserooked at the subject in Pea's Book of Best Friends light of the Spirit of Prophecy that is as it relates to YHWH s redemptive plan through Yeshua YHWH s Salvation In short Dr Heiser makes the case that Yeshua s messianic mission included not only the rectification of Adam and Eve s sin but also the evil wrought by those of the angelic host whoeft their intended estate and sowed their rebellious evil on this earthIn terms of scholarship Dr Heiser did something in this book which is rather rare today Dr Heiser The Nightingale Of Peshawar: Selections From Rahman Baba looked at this complex subject inight of its 2nd temple era context The 2nd temple era and it influence on Biblical history and Bible prophecy in my opinion is far too often ignored when trying to understand some of the Bible s most important prophetic passagesThe book is organized into four parts PART I Genesis 61 4 in its Original Ancient Contexts Chapter 1 The Sons of God and Nephilim Chapter 2 The Sin of the Watchers in 1 Enoch and Other Enochian Tests Chapter 3 The Mesopotamian Apkallu the Watchers and the Nephilim PART II Reversing Hermon in the Gospels Chapter 4 The Sin of the Watchers and the Birth of Jesus Chapter 5 The Sin of the Watchers and the Genealogy of Jesus Chapter 6 The Sin of the Watchers and the Ministry of Jesus PART III Reversing Hermon in the Epistles Chapter 7 The Sin of the Watchers and Human Depravity Chapter 8 The Sin of the Watchers and the Head Covering of 1 Corrintians 11 Chapter 9 The Sin of the Watchers and Baptism PART IV Reversing Hermon in the Book of Revelation Chapter 10 The Sin of the Watchers the Nephilim and the Antichrist Chapter 11 The Sin of the Watchers and the ApocalypseOf these chapters 2 5 7 9 really stood to me I especially appreciated A Slice of the Moon learning about the congruency of the Enochian narrative in Biblical and the historical record I frankly had no idea the subject was as well testified to in ancient historyDr Heisers discussion of the Mosaicaw in Chapter 7 was especially interesting It provided a new and intriguing angle from which to view the Torah and its purpose This subject provided me with much food for future thought and reflection The weakest part of the book in my opinion were the authors speculation regarding Revelation 12 as an astronomical sign which dates the birth of Yeshua to the 1st of Tishri in 3 BC I admit up front I don t know enough about astronomical signs to test Dr Heiser s theory but Biblical and historically speaking Tishri 1 3 BC as the birth of the Messiah is problematic for several reasons First the prophecy of Daniel 9 dates the coming of the Messiah to 5 4 BC A 4 BC date for the Birth of Yeshua also best fits the chronological evidence of Matthew Luke and JosephusThe most unsettling aspect of the book was the Dr Heiser s exploration of 1 Cor 11 and the subject of a woman s head covering and its 2nd temple historical context Not that it couldn t be true but it is certainly outside my comfort zone By far my favorite part of the book was the Dr Heiser s exploration of the The Geek Manifesto: Why Science Matters to Government (mini ebook) lineage of Jesus in Matthew 1 Dr Heiser opens Chapter 5 with the following uote Admit it You think genealogies are boring While I wouldn t claim that all biblical genealogies are filled with theological insights I can promise you that the genealogy of Jesus is different As wel see it has some amazing features that The Wish Maker link it with the expectation of a messianic reversal of sin of the Watchers You have to admit that his is a pretty bold statement But Dr Heiser goes on to explain based upon the work of New Testament scholar Amy Richter that the four women mentioned or implied in Matthew 1 are connected to Yeshua redemptive purpose as it relates to reversing the evil brought into this world by the fallen angelic host He further explains that these women by their inclusion would emphasis in the Jewish readers mind the events of Genesis 6 events and their implications which are only understood within the context of the 2nd temple era Jewish readerThis Enochian angle of Yeshuaineage Did Indeed Seem A Bit indeed seem a bit to me at first glance but after some reflection I realized Dr Heiser may have of a point than even he may realize This relates to a statement Dr Heiser made earlier in chapter 4 regarding astral prophecy I uote In briefest terms and with respect to a biblical perspective as opposed to pagan polytheism s conception astral theology was the idea that the One who made the celestial objects in the heavens sun moon stars to be for signs and seasons and to mark time Genesis 114 could use those object to communicate You see as Dr Heiser notes repeatedly in this book the New Testament must be understood with the context of the 2nd temple No place in the Bible better illustrates this fact than the The Regiment: The Real Story of the SAS lineage of Yeshua in Matthew 1 Indeed Matthew s genealogy of Yeshua is far from boring Il get back to the four women in Yeshua ineage in a moment but to really understand their importance you must see the ineage of Yeshua from a 2nd temple perspective that the Jewish reader would have intuitively graspFirst if you ist the names as given by Matthew you will find there are 41 generation between Abraham and Yeshua Now arrange them into the three generation groupings described by Matthew in verse 17 What you will find is that while Matthew implied that Yeshua was the 14th generation he is actually the 13th as given Matthew cleverly shows that Yeshua is both the 13th and 14th generationTo a Jewish reader they would have immediately made the connection to the Bible s calendar as described in Gen 114 You see the unar side of the Biblical calendar which orders the divine appointment or signs and seasons of Genesis 114 as described by Dr Heiser are governed by two internal Chicago and the Making of American Modernism: Cather, Hemingway, Faulkner, and Fitzgerald in Conflict lunar cycles of 13 or 14 days of waxing and waningight each month Further during the 7 sacred Biblical festival s each year 13 or 14 sacrifices are commanded to be offered That the apostle Paul understood this messianic symbolism is shown in Ephesian s 213 14 where he describes the middle wall of partition between Jews and Gentiles "which yeshua s death and resurrection abolished this "Yeshua s death and resurrection abolished This during the 2nd temple era which prevented Gentiles from accessing the temple proper and by implication the presence of YHWH was accessed by 14 steps and entry to the temple granted by one of 13 gatesWhat this demonstrates is that indeed Matthew had a redemptive message woven into the Mindful Yoga-Based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Simple Postures and Practices to Help Clients Achieve Emotional Balance lineage of Yeshua in Matthew 1 which supports in a fascinating way Dr Heiser position that the women of Matthew 1 may also fit into this redemptive matrix Further to Dr Heiser s point is the fact that the 41 generations between Abraham and Yeshua and the 3 generational groupings of Yeshua s ancestors has aarger chronological context that some of his Jewish readers would have ikely understood You see a reasonable case could be made that there were 41 jubilee cycles between Abraham and Yeshua as represent by the 41 generations But importantly using the chronology of the MT text of the Old Testament there were in fact 41 jubilee cycles between Adam and Abraham For those who appreciate a bit of irony its worth noting that we are iving in the 41st jubilee from YeshuaSo Matthew by arranging Yeshua s Drink This In: Uncorking the World of Alcohol (US English) lineage into 41 generations heeft out four kings to do this HAMSTERS! A Fabulous Anthology (for Fabulous Raye) linked the Messianic redemptive symbolism of the sacrificial system with the Old Testament chronology between Adam and Abraham But here is the intriguing part which I hadn t realized until reading Dr Heiser s bookIf we take the three generational groupings of Yeshua s ancestors as representative of the 3 Biblical ages of 41 jubilee cycles each youl find that the offspring of the women mentioned in Matthew 1 have a direct connection to the Enochian events and thus prove beyond reasonable doubt that there is a connection between these women and the events Enoch the fallen angel s and YHWH s redemptive planThe four offspring of the women mentioned in Matthew 1 are as follows Phares the 5th generation Booz Boaz the 11th generation Obed the 12th generation Solomon the 15th generation 1st of the 2nd generational groupingIf each of the three 14 generational groupings represent 41 jubilee cycles in a Shine: The Visual Economy of Light in African Diasporic Aesthetic Practice larger chronological context then the each generation in the three groups of 14 is eual to 2928 jubilee cycles Pares falls in the 5th generation which represents the 12th 13th and 14th jubilee cycle from Adam It was during the 13th jubilee cycle from Adam the 623rd yr that Enoch was taken to heaven Boaz was the 11th generation representing the 29th 30th and 31st jubilee cycles from Adam It was during the 29th jubilee cycle form Adam in the 365th year of Noah sife that Jared died As Dr Heiser explains according to the book of Enoch it was during the days of Jared that the fallen angel s on Mt Hermon made their agreement to defile the women of earth Obed was the 12th generation representing the 33rd 34th and 35 jubilee cycles from Adam It was during this period of time that Shem was born during the 32nd jubilee cycle form Adam It was through Shem the son of Noah that YHWH s would work out His redemptive plan for mankind by bringing forth Yeshua the promised righteous seed Then during the 34th jubilee in the 600th year of Abraham s Show Me How: Quilting: Quilting Storybook How-to-Quilt Instructions life the Deluge took place cleansing the earth of evil which the fallen angles had wrought Solomon was the 15th generation from Abraham or the 1st generation in Matthew 2nd grouping of 14 This 15th generation represented the 42nd 43rd and 44th jubilee cycle from Adam It was during this period of time that YHWH made all of His covenants with Abraham which promised that through his seed all nations of the earth would be blessed Further it was in the 100th year of Abraham sife exactly on the 43rd jubilee cycle from Adam that Isaac was born It was also during the 44th jubilee cycle from Adam that YHWH honored Abraham s faith in his willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac by swearing shaba the first oath He the iving God of the Bible swore with any man in the Bible It was this oath that Moses mentions in Due 79 Daniel mentions in Daniel 94 and Zechariah mentions in Luke 1So there you have it As Amy Richter and Dr Heiser claim and incredible as their claims may sound Matthew did indeed have the story of the Enoch the fallen angels the flood and YHWH s redemptive plan of Reversing Hermon in mind when he penned that inspired ist nearly two thousand years ago Who said genealogies were boring This review has gone on far too خداوند الموت: حسن صباح long but in closing for those who wouldike to see confirmation for another one of Dr Heiser s points in Chapter 9 regarding Baptism its redemptive context and its relationship to the events of Flood you Girl in the Blue Coat ll find it in Daniel 926 where it describes the Messiah as cut off This cutting off or karath would have harkened the Jewish reader back to the first occurrence of this word where it is used to described the waters of the flood which karath mankind from the face of the earth Thus one again showing that it was the promised messiah the seed of Adam Shem and Abraham that reversed the effects of not only the sin of Adam and Even but also the corrupting evil wrought by the fallen angelic hoard in the dayseading up to the flood In summary I can t say that I agree with all of Dr Heiser s points but he sure has given me food for thought I started the book skeptical but finished it convinced that there is far to the Genesis 6 than I ever understood Dr Heiser has made a compelling case that part of Yeshua s redemptive purpose was in fact to combat the angelic evil which has been corrupting mankind since the flood After you read this book I d encourage you to open your Bible s and see if these things be so A Hunter Kiss lot to chew on here There were several areas where I would haveiked a thorough case but all in all he presents some very convincing evidence I would definitely recommend reading The Unseen Realm first This is Heiser s book about 1 Enoch its relation to Genesis 61 4 the connection to Mesopotamian stories and that influence on the New Testament Heiser says that biblical theology does not derive from the church fathers It derives from the biblical text Biblical theology and in context must be two different things He ater saysNo interpretation of Genesis 6 1 4 that does not carefully observe and interact with the original Mesopotamian context can hope to be even remotely correctHeiser Michael S Reversing Hermon Enoch the Watchers and the Forgotten Mission of Jesus Christ Kindle Locations 919 920 There is no mention of the apostolic teaching tradition The biblical writers took a supernaturalist approach He doesn t explain if this is a belief in fanciful myths or something else Reversing Hermon means th. Reversing Hermon is a groundbreaking work It unveils what most in the modern Church have never heard regarding how the story of the sin of the Watchers in 1 Enoch 6 16 helped frame the mission of Jesus the messiah Jews of the first century expected the messiah to reverse the impact of the Watchers transgression For Jews of Jesus' day the Watchers were part of the explanation for why the world was so profoundly depraved The messiah would not just revoke the claim of Satan on human souls and estrangement from God solving the predicament of the Fall He would also not only bring the na. ,


Reversing HermonEen Realm I got Heiser s new book Reversing Hermon yesterday and figured I d go ahead and write about it since it s fresh on my mindReversing Hermon Enoch the Watchers the Forgotten Mission of Jesus Christ is a book that deals extensively and not surprisingly with 1 Enoch In case you re unaware 1 Enoch is a book written a couple of centuries before Jesus was born that was uite popular among many Jews of Jesus day and is uoted in Jude 14 15 It s part of a collections of writings known today as Pseudepigrapha Several early church fathers considered it canonical and the Ethiopian Orthodox church included it in their BiblesIn short it s a collection of stories sayings parables and apocalypses that were supposedly recorded by Enoch Noah s great grandfather Though no serious scholar believes Enoch actually wrote these things Heiser included there s no doubt that it gives valuable background to the way Jews of Jesus day understood things The uotation in Jude as well as allusions elsewhere in the New Testament testify to this fact None of this means that 1 Enoch is scripture or that it should be included in our Bibles But it does mean that 1 Enoch might shed some Karma's A Sexy Bitch: Choose Your Own Erotic Fantasy Adventure light on the worldview of the New Testament authorsHeiser s main argument in the book can be boiled down to this the Pseudepigrapha in general and 1 Enoch in particular serve as a valuable backdrop to the New Testament world and writings He isn t saying that scripture isn t sufficient for salvation Neither is he arguingike some kind of modern gnostic that if we re going to be really spiritual then we Mythological Beasts Turned Me Gay: Three Book Collection: (Mythology Erotica) ll have to consult certain hidden writings He s simply pointing out the fact that if we re going to understand the New Testament properly we need to understand the culture in which it was written This should be pretty basic stuffSo how does using 1 Enoch as a backdrop for the New Testament affect our understandingTo answer that uestion I probably ought to summarize the most important parts for our purposes of the book1 Enoch retells the story of Genesis 61 4 This is a passage of scripture that has puzzled interpreters for generations and which has been understood in a variety of rather creative ways Here it is in its entiretyNow it came about when men began to multiply on the face of theand and daughters were born to them that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful and they took wives for themselves whomever they chose Then the LORD said My Spirit shall not strive with man forever because he also is flesh nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years The Nephilim were on the earth in those days and also afterward when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them Those were the mighty men who were of old men of renownHeiser briefly examines the ways this passage has been understood throughout Christian history and then begins This All Encompassing Trip: Chasing Pearl Jam Around The World laying a foundation for his own view by referencing 2 Peter 21 10 and Jude 5 7 And thiseads to his discussion of 1 Enoch1 Enoch s account of Genesis 61 4 isn t vague at all It s incredibly descriptive And it s also hard for most modern people to swallowAccording to Enoch this story is about supernatural beings Watchers who Scouts leave their proper abode and bring secret knowledge to humankind They also have sexual relations with human women The offspring of these unions are giants known as Nephilim among other names God punishes the Watchers by sealing them away in Tartarus see 2 Peter 24 When the Nephilim giants died their spirits were released and became what we would call demons This is the basic story of Genesis 61 4 as 1 Enoch understands it And for most people today it understandably raises aot of uestions And I m among those people There are a The Organ Grinders lot of things about this description that seem strange to me And yet most of my objections areogical cultural or emotionalnot scripturalI m not going to The Sudoku Code lie This whole thing makes me uncomfortable But the explanation of the text makes far sense than any other explanation I ve heard In other words if this wasn t the Bible if someone handed me a storybook and it had Genesis 61 4 in it I d probably understand it the same way 1 Enoch does What makes me feel uncomfortable with this explanation is not that it doesn t match the text It s that I have a hard time wrapping my mind around the possibility that it could be true And yet I believe Jesus was born of a virgin I believe he performed miracles I believe he was raised from the deadYes I feel myself succumbing to the same temptation almost all Christians do Let s sweep all of the unnecessary supernatural elements of scripture under the rug and only display the ones that are acceptable to most people and absolutely necessary to the faithHeiser spends the first part of Reversing Hermon describing the connections between Genesis 6 1 Enoch and the Mesopotamian versions of the same story Heays an important foundation in these chapters for understanding the rest of the book especially for those who are unacuainted with the story told in 1 Enoch Everything he mentions here will come up in The Complete Idiot's Guide to Detoxing Your Body later chapters sometimes in unexpected waysI ought to note two important things at this point First Heiser isn t pulling stuff out of thin air Everything he writes is based on scripture and backed up by solid scholarship The notes at the end of the book are evidence of that taking up nearly 60 pages Second Heiser isn t the first person who has said this stuff Many of the earliest church fathers claimed the exact same things Heiser claims And he s not afraid to note that fact Irenaeus is mentioned freuently with good reason He s well respected he wrote early and he taught along similarines to Heiser regarding 1 Enoch s understanding of Genesis 6In Part two Heiser discusses how 1 Enoch s version of events underlies some of the sayings and events of Jesus ifeLet me just say that chapter 4 is some of the sayings and events of Jesus ifeLet me just say that chapter 4 is In it he argues that Revelation 12 is a piece of astral prophecy in this chapter he draws heavily from Malina s commentary on Revelation I read it ast year and ike Heiser found it to be a stretch at times but it did include some fascinating insights If read this way Revelation 12 is giving us the birthday of Jesus This may sound outlandish or crazy but again I d encourage you to read what he writes before you pass judgment It eft me with my mouth hanging openChapter 5 is a ittle The Second Cure less monumental It relies heavily on the scholarly work of Amy Richter to argue that the women included in Jesus genealogy are there because they are all connected to the sins of the Watchers see Matthew 11 17 I found this chapteress convincing than most of the rest of the book but it s worth reading and considering And it s also worth noting that I haven t heard any better explanations for why those particular women are mentioned and none othersChapter 6 focuses on Jesus ministry and in particular the events of Jesus ife that take place near Mount HermonBashanCaesarea Philippi This chapter is the reason the book received the subtitle it did It s really the only chapter in the it did It s really the only chapter in the that discusses at any ength the forgotten mission of Jesus Christ And what is that forgotten mission you ask When Jesus chose to go to Mount Hermon to be transfigured He was claiming it for the Kingdom of God According to Heiser s reading Jesus was reversing the damage done by the Watchers when they came to the same mountain and made a pact to sin against God togetherIn the third part Heiser hones in on three problematic passagesideas in the New Testament epistles and explains how having the Enochic background helps understand what s going on there First he deals with the issue of human sinfulness He argues that for first century Jews the ubiuity of human sinfulness is not only owing to Adam s sin but also to the Watchers sin in Genesis 61 4 Then he discusses Paul s exhortation regarding women and head coverings in 1 Corinthians 11 This chapter is important because it makes sense of an otherwise incredibly confusing passage Finally he discusses Peter s summary of baptism in 1 Peter 318 22 In my opinion this section of the book is the strongest and best argued It makes sense of verses that I ve seen fumbled and mishandled all of my The Sorcerer's Apprentice life To put it bluntly it just makes sense of what the text saysThe final part of Reversing Hermon focuses on the book of Revelation In particular he addresses the issue of the Antichrist the identification of Gog and the origins of theake of fire My views on Revelation are different from Heiser s so I found myself disagreeing the most in these chapters though even here there s much to glean I especially appreciated the discussion on GogAfter the meat of the book is over you get five appendices for dessert Though these range in value First up is a good albeit short summary of the early church s views on 1 Enoch Second there s a uick summary of the datingmanuscript evidence for the book Third is a Eagle's Gate list of scholarly works on 1 Enoch Fifth is a uick essay that I didn t particularly care for entitled The Ancient Antichrist Profile Jew or Gentile And fourth yes I know I didn t order those correctly he includes aist of allusions to the Pseudepigrapha This was in my opinion something of a mixed bagHeiser opens this appendix by noting that what constitutes an allusion varies in the opinions of scholars It s obvious from this statement that Heiser recognizes the tenuous nature of some of the connections made in this World War Z. La guerra mondiale degli zombi list For example Luke 2118 is said to be a possible allusion to 1 Enoch 512 Butook at them1 Enoch 512 And he shall choose the righteous and the holy ones from among the risen dead for the day when they shall be selected and saved has arrivedLuke 2128 Now when these things begin to take place stand up and raise your heads because your redemption is drawing nearPersonally I don t see even a slight allusion here Naturally when you have two people talking about similar things there may be a ittle overlap but it seems to me that many of the allusions included in this ist are a stretch Likewise some may not be an example of New Testament authors alluding to the Pseudepigrapha but rather of both the NT authors and the Pseudepigrapha alluding to the Old Testament 1 Enoch 57 and Matthew 55 could both be alluding to Psalm 3711 With that said the New Testament definitely includes some genuine allusions to the Pseudepigrapha that are worth noting These allusions take up a huge amount of space too The Who Is Muhammad Ali? list is a full 54 pages out of a 326 page bookWhat else can I say Heiser will challenge everything you think you know about the way the world works His is a call to stretch ourselves beyond what we re used to It s paradigm shifting at its finest This was true of The Unseen Realm and it s true of Reversing HermonAnd though I can t say that I m fully onboard with everything Heiser argues I do believe that he takes the text of scripture especially the problematic verses seriously than just about anyone I ve read And even if he doesn t change your mind he will challenge you to think through your own interpretations and beliefs And that s always a good thingMay we seek to be ever faithful to the text of scripture and thus to its Author Such a good book Definitely worth a re read especially all the various scholarly sources that it has drawn upon Aot of food for thought Another excellent doctrine rattling book by Mr Heiser A great follow up to his The Unseen Realm which it is probably best to have already under your belt before tackling this writing Though don t consider that a discouragement as I guess to this book alone would still provide a wealth of information it just may be most beneficial to have read his foundation forming positions that this books tends to build upon This whole system of study the Divine Council and Second Temple Judaism writings and beliefs have been not only an eye opening study but an major paradigm shift in my theology The deeper I study the sense the Scriptures make both New and Old Testaments This book especially brings this missing story Don't Worry, Eat Cake: A Coloring Book to Help You Feel a Little Bit Better about Everything line toight and shows why much is often misunderstood because it is taken out of context Without understanding the context of the times and beliefs of those by and to whom these books of Scripture were written much silliness arises from exegesisThat is a bulk of what this book sets out to shed ight on As the subtitle suggests there is an often missed story ine for most readers of the New Testament If you do not understand how the Watchers play into the story of the work that Jesus came to fulfill then you are going to miss many significant pieces of the gospel message As the opening words state This book is about the important influence that the story of the sin of the Watchers in 1 Enoch 6 16 had on the thinking of New Testament authors Sadly most of today pew sitters are totally ignorant of any such notion because the majority of teachers filling the church pulpits are ikewise ignorantMore and scholarly works on the topic such as this one have been written in recent years yet sadly few preachers study this deep into Scripture Those who do and I have spoken to a few walk away with a greater understand and appreciation for Scripture that is for sure You l never ook at Scripture the same again that is for sur. Cient Mesopotamian story of the apkallu aligns with Gen 61 4 was preserved in 1 Enoch and sets the stage for the theme of reversing the evil of the Watchers; how the theme of reversing the transgression of the Watchers colors the gospel accounts of the birth of Jesus his genealogy and his ministry; how the writings of Peter and Paul allude to the sin of the Watchers and present Jesus as overturning the disastrous effects of their sins against humanity; and how the descriptions of the antichrist the end times Day of the Lord and the final judgment connect to Genesis 6 and the nephil.

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E return of the Edenic kingdom of God to earth the restoration of the divine order of heaven and earth so that the presence of God could return to earth in all its immediacy and fullnessHeiser Michael S Reversing Hermon Enoch the Watchers and the Forgotten Mission of Jesus Christ Kindle Locations 934 936Heiser presumes what I would call a millennial view of an earthly kingdomI would probably rate this book higher if Heiser didn t adopt what seems to me a nonsensical interpretation of Revelation 12 He follows the astronomical or astrological interpretation of Worldwide Church of God theologian Dr Ernest L Martin He says that the man child is clearly Jesus In Rev 12 the baby never eaves heaven for earth as do the woman and the dragon Rev 121 uses symbolism similar to Genesis 379 yet no astrological claim is made for that passage and Sarah was already deceased Gen 231 2 Heiser claims the woman is Israel It isn t explained in what sense the baby represents Jesus but some in the early church interpreted it in a ess materialisti Full of good information but it seemed ess ike a book than his previous unseen realm It felt The Ancient Greeks: Ten Ways They Shaped the Modern World like I was reading his collection of notes for a book and not a finished product Stillots of good info here Though 1 Enoch is not in either Jewish or Christian canons its ideas were highly influential in the first century In fact in Reversing Hermon Michael Heiser argues that many of the details in the New Testament can only be traced to 1 Enoch p2 Though Heiser is not alone in this claim it will be a new idea to many and Reversing Hermon is an accessible presentation from an expert in the field of all things weird in the BibleREVERSING HERMONChapter one convincingly defends the supernatural and traditional interpretation of Gen 61 4 In this view heavenly beings the sons of God had sexual relations with human women The second chapter introduces 1 Enoch and its commentary on the Gen 6 event It is seen that the Watchers served as a catalyst to spread wickedness among humanity p32 Chapter three finds close parallels to both Gen 61 4 and 1 Enoch in ancient Mesopotamian beliefsTHE WATCHERS AND THE GOSPELSChapter four argues that astral prophecy a conservative astrology of sorts predicted the coming of Christ Reading Rev 121 7 as presenting historical astrological signs results in dating Christ s birthday as Tishri 1 This is the same birthday as Noah s To Heiser this communicates that Christ is a new Noah and bringer of judgment upon the Watchers That Rev 121 7 refers to star signs is fascinating and worthy of further consideration Chapter five interprets the four Gentile women in Jesus genealogy in Tricycle (HISTOIRE) light of the sins of the Watchers This results in a divine irony that they would spawn the Messiah Heiser holds that these connections are both thematic and textualwhich can hardly be a coincidence p86 To my eyes these connections were tenuous at best Chapter six explores the ministry of Jesus the importance of Hermon the origin and defeat of demons the transfiguration and the gates of hell I found many persuasive and illuminating insights hereTHE WATCHERS AND THE EPISTLESChapter seven suggests that the Law was given due to the transgressions of the Watchers In Gal 319 since Paul refers to plural transgressions and not merely Adam s Fall he must be thinking of the Watchers p117 I find thisogic mind boggling There is no mention of the Watchers in this text so it must be imported from elsewhere What s it is better to see the transgressions as Israel s John Sailhamer rightly observes that the Torah itself bears this out where aw units regularly follow narratives of Israel s sinChapter eight draws on first century medical texts to explain Paul s teaching on head covering 1 Cor 112 16 Put simply Paul followed the science of his day that believed women s hair was considered genitalia As modesty was reuired in a worship context Ex 2026 2843 women ought to cover their hair This also explains 1 Cor 1110 since the Watchers fell due to their usting after women This chapter is another highlight The genitalia suggestion surprisingly makes sense However I m not yet sure if it makes the best sense of the context such as 1 Cor 113 Chapter nine explains the connections between baptism salvation Enoch the spirits in prison and the flood in 1 Peter 314 22THE WATCHERS AND REVELATIONChapter ten shows that ancient Jews believed the Antichrist had clear conceptual inks to the sin of the Watchers and the giants p147 Perhaps the readers of Revelation already held connections with fallen Watchers the classical Titans and the giants p162 Perhaps The suggestions in this chapter are a mixed bagChapter eleven examines Enochic connections with Revelation itself The unlocking of the Abyss Rev 91 10 is the release of the Watchers The Abyss Rev 91 10 is the release of the Watchers The are counterpoints to the adulterous Watchers p167 Finally the ake of fire Rev 2010 Matt 2541 finds its origin in 1 Enoch 109 15 and 211 10 Some of the connections to 1 Enoch are inescapable the Abyss and Paper Crafts Magazine: Joy of Card Making (Leisure Arts lake of fire but others are uncertain 144000 DanENOCH IN THE NTHeiser is right that the church has neglected the import of Gen 61 4 to the NT and first century thought However due to the high degree of speculation in Reversing Hermon I ironically finished the book feelingess convinced of Enoch s influence That said there is a recent swell of scholarship comparing 1 Enoch with the NT I suspect the issue then is either the choice of themes or the popular Path to Sanity: Lessons from Ancient Holy Counselors on How to Have A Sound Mind level approach not allowing for thorough argumentation and evidence As to the former I find textual allusions to be objective than supposed thematic similaritiesAs to theatter perhaps one should not be too pedantic due to the audience for this book It s true that this book is grounded on peer reviewed scholarship In fact chapters or sections are highly dependent upon individual scholars For example chapter three draws Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus liberally from Amar Annus s article Chapter five is based primarily p294 on Amy Richter s dissertation The main suggestion of chapter seven is from Tyler Stewart s paper Chapter eight s argument isargely the work of Troy Martin Even chapters one six and nine are heavily drawn from Heiser s own Unseen Realm Block uotes abound Reversing Hermon often feels Rudram in Tamil like reading a summary of other worksCONCLUSIONHeiser claimed that This is not a book filled with speculation p4 but I am skeptical Yes Heiser relied upon peer reviewed scholarship and his own expertise in ancientanguages and culture Reversing Hermon is utterly unlike the rampant speculations of virtually all popular evel books on such topics This should not be uickly overlooked However as a serious student of the Bible I found the biblical connections to be freuently spurious That and the heavy copying from other works are my most significant complaints This critiue pains me as I am a tremendous fan of Heiser s work and hope that all readers of this review would go buy the fantastic Unseen Realm right nowI recommend Reversing Hermon to those particularly interested in 1 Enoch but not in reading scholarly works For most I would suggest the far superior Unseen Realm review here and Naked Bible podcast Despite my critiue of Reversing Hermon this is a book that will serve as an introduction to Heiser and for that I am delightedMany thanks to Defender Publishing for providing a review copy It s hard to describe this book s relation to Unseen Realm True Unseen Realm is in a class by itself and few books are as good as it I guess you could say that Reversing Hermon is an update to Unseen Realm Should you read this book if you have read the other Absolutely Some of the scholarship is updated though it was never out of date And it covers new materialHe advances his now familiar argument on why Genesis 61 4 must have a supernaturalist explanation on that below When Heiser comes to New Testament material he conclusively shows that the New Testament writers understood the Enochian worldview and echoed it at regular intervals Assuming that the text of 1 Enoch probably didn t come from pre flood times and granting that it is not Scripture why is it important It s important because it was part of the worldview of the apostles and indeed at east two apostles uoted it as authentic KaBOOM!: One Entrepreneur's Quest to Build Community SAVE PLAY! literature Further Enoch has material in it while absent from the OT is present in Jude and 2 Peter eg imprisoned angels etcHeiser argues that The Enochian version of the events of Genesis 61 4 preserves and transmits the original Mesopotamian context for the first four verses of the Flood account Heiseroc 84Heiser notes the inks between the Mesopotamian apkallu and the Fallen WatchersThe Enochic TemplateDrawing upon the scholarship of Amy Richter Heiser notes anti Watcher themes in the genealogy of Jesus oc 1244 Each of the women in Jesus s genealogy deal with some sort of illicit arts and beautification Tamar and Ruth sexual sin Bathsheba and Nephilim echoes RahabWith Tamar we see echoes of 1 Enoch and Gen 61 4 Judah sawhe took her and went into her Indeed Judah s first born son was named Er Hebrew r Aramaic irWith Rahab she is in the and of the Nephilim she marries Boaz was was a Gibbor Ruth 21 Of course Boaz wasn t a giant but given that gibbor is often translated as gigas Matthew is creating mental inks between the two Who on God's Earth do you 'think' you are?: A true story about TRANSCENDING the ILLUSION of SEPARATION loc 1377 But there areinks according to James 225 Rahab received messengers angelousBathsheba was married to Uriah a gibbor 2 Sam 2339 Of course she is also called Bath shua 1 Chr 35 therefore echoing the Enochic *template of that sceneAn Analysis of Psalm 68A surface reading of Eph 48 and Psalm 6818 reveals a *of that sceneAn Analysis of Psalm 68A surface reading of Eph 48 and Psalm 6818 reveals a Jesus is giving gifts and the Psalm says God receives gifts Heiser suggests we can remove some of the confusion by not reading this as Jesus eading captives free which would be true in other contexts but rather taking captives per his storming of Bashan oc 1691 Reversing Hermon is just as much of an eye opening book as Heiser s previous book The Unseen Realm In fact Reversing Hermon seemed to be Mesagerul like a sort of seuel to The Unseen Realm in that while Heiser talks about the Nephillim in The Unseen Realm as one part of the Old Testament Divine Council Worldview this book is 100% dedicated to the Nephillim and their origin The book is organized into four parts PART I Genesis 61 4 in its Original Ancient Contexts Chapter 1 The Sons of God and Nephilim Chapter 2 The Sin of the Watchers in 1 Enoch and Other Enochian Tests Chapter 3 The Mesopotamian Apkallu the Watchers and the Nephilim PART II Reversing Hermon in the Gospels Chapter 4 The Sin of the Watchers and the Birth of Jesus Chapter 5 The Sin of the Watchers and the Genealogy of Jesus Chapter 6 The Sin of the Watchers and the Ministry of Jesus PART III Reversing Hermon in the Epistles Chapter 7 The Sin of the Watchers and Human Depravity Chapter 8 The Sin of the Watchers and the Head Covering of 1 Corrintians 11 Chapter 9 The Sin of the Watchers and Baptism PART IV Reversing Hermon in the Book of Revelation Chapter 10 The Sin of the Watchers the Nephilim and the Antichrist Chapter 11 The Sin of the Watchers and the ApocalypseDefinitely recommend reading this book Read my review of Reversing Hermon on my blogIt all started a few months ago A pastor friend of mine told me about someone in his congregation who believes the earth is flat Then he sent me aink to a video by Rob Skiva defending his view by uoting Dr Michael Heiser I Judy Blume: Fearless Storyteller for Teens looked Michael Heiser up and realized that he worked for Logos Bible Software So I started reading some of his stuff And I was intriguedNow to be clear Heiser doesn t believe the earth is flat but he does believe that the ancient Israelites believed the earth was flat But that wasn t the intriguing part The intriguing part was what he said about angels demons and the supernatural world in general He explained passages of scripture that I d heard explained away all myife And he did it in a way that was biblical and consistent He also opened my eyes to the fact that there are verses and even whole chapters of Scripture that have been misunderstood and dare I say it mistranslated for generations I m ooking at you Psalm 82And though I had disagreements with Heiser s interpretations here and there I ve come to believe that he s argely on the right track Too many Christians have downplayed and explained away the really difficult passages in Scripture to make them palatable We ve removed all of the supernatural elements that aren t absolutely necessaryAnd that is unacceptable if we re going to be faithful to God s revelationIn The Unseen Realm Heiser upends nearly all of the traditional ideas about the supernatural world In Heiser s understanding of scripture God has a council of What Am I Doing with My Life?: And other late night internet searches answered by the great philosophers lesser divine beings that rule alongside of him At first glance you may think That s crazy And certainly not in the Bible but I d encourage you to read The Unseen Realm for yourself Heiser isn t pulling stuff out of thin air or arbitrarily making arguments Everything he claims is backed up by scripture And once you see it it s hard to unsee itIt reuires a paradigm shift but once your paradigm is shifted everything falls into place Even passages that always seemedike they d never fit anywhere I m Jimmy: The Terrorist looking at you 1 Cor 1111 15And though I still want to do a proper review of The Uns. Tions back into relationship with the true God by defeating the principalities and powers that governed them Jews also believed that the messiah would rescue humanity from self destruction the catalyst for which was the sin of the Watchers and the influence of what they had taught humankind The role of Enoch's retelling of Genesis 61 4 in how New Testament writers wrote of Jesus and the cross has beenargely ost to a modern audience Reversing Hermon rectifies that situation Topics include understanding Genesis 61 4 and the Sin of the Watchers in Their Original Context; how the an.