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Enoch, son of Cain, [1], after whom Cain named the first city he founded, is not the same as Enoch, son of Jared (Genesis 5:18).

The second Enoch in the Book of Jasher was a descendant of the first, and descended from Seth as well as from Cain. (Jasher 2:37)[2] This Enoch was the father of Methuselah, and was reputed to be so wise that a hundred and thirty kings and princes "required of Enoch that he reign over them, to which he consented."(Jasher 3:9)[3] The Harvard Book of Jasher relates that the year Adam died, Enoch decided to live apart from other people. He appeared once a week, then once a month, then once a year, teaching his subjects about the ways of God. When it came time for his ascension into Heaven, he did not die.

A horse descended from Heaven, paced in the air, and for seven days Enoch rode the horse. On the seventh day, Enoch and the horse were taken up into heaven in a whirlwind, with other horses and chariots of fire.(Jasher 3:17-36)[4] Enoch inherited the garments of skin that God had made for Adam and Eve when they were banished from Eden. Before he was taken up to heaven, he gave the skin garments to his son, Methuselah, who in turn gave them to Methuselah's grandson, Noah, so that they would be kept safe from the flood.(Jasher 7:25)[5]

The Lord had punished Cain by condemning him to wander the earth, but when the curse of the Lord was lifted, Cain was allowed to build a city, which he also called Enoch, after his son. (Jasher 1:34-36)[7]

References

  1. Genesis 4:17
  2. Sefer Ha-Yashar: Or, the Book of Jasher (1887), Salt Lake City: J. Parry & Co., p. 5
  3. Sefer Ha-Yashar: Or, the Book of Jasher (1887), Salt Lake City: J. Parry & Co., p. 6
  4. Sefer Ha-Yashar: Or, the Book of Jasher (1887), Salt Lake City: J. Parry & Co., pp 7-8
  5. Sefer Ha-Yashar: Or, the Book of Jasher (1887), Salt Lake City: J. Parry & Co., p. 16
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