The analogy of love in the book of the conference of the birds

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The analogy of love in the book of the conference of the birds

McCormack I would like to step outside of the Bible in order to step back into the Bible — well sort of something like that. The Bible was written by an ancient people of a different time, culture and mentality than us.

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We know and understand that there are many things we struggle to understand in the scriptures because of this fact. And because of this, we take to the study of ancient writings, people and times. But, as we know, not everyone does this sadly. The battle continues over the opinions on the creation account and the book of Genesis.

Studies in the writings from the surrounding nations at the time period of the writing of Genesis give scholars insight into the types of writing styles and language use for the period.

Through this, alternative meanings can be discovered for words we thought we understood already. I wish to take a look at one piece of influential literature, an ancient writing that you have probably at least heard of its name — the Book of Enoch. I hope to show you how this writing, which was lost or ignored by the church for nearly two thousand years, was actually a key influential writing that had a big impact upon our New Testament Scriptures.

Now, when it comes to the discussion of extra-biblical literature like this, people tend to have different reactions. Mention something like the Apocrypha to a Protestant — their instinct is to raise their fists in preparation for a fight.

When you bring up Jewish writings that come from the biblical period, people either simply ignore or dismiss them as useless, or simply deny they contain any truth at all, and think instead that they contain error and myth.

We may hold to inspiration of Scripture, and we believe all of Scripture is true, but such a view does not require that we view everything outside the Scripture as necessarily false.

Some people do exactly that, particularly when it comes to other scripture-like material from days of old.

The Book of Enoch is understood by scholars to be one of the many apocalyptic writings that came out of the second temple period of Hebrew history. Part of what makes these books relevant to those who study the Bible today, is the fact that they are written in a similar manner as our New Testament, containing similar language, terminology and doctrines.

Most scholars also classify many of these writings as pseudepigraphal — pseudo meaning not genuine. This is because it seems to have been a common practice, they say, to find writings penned under the names of a famous or widely known figures from the past.

The analogy of love in the book of the conference of the birds

There are many reasons why this practice was supposedly done, and so they believe these writings are not actually written by Enoch, since he lived several thousand years earlier than they have dated this book.

Well, for the larger part of church history, the Book of Enoch was lost to the church. The early church period after the Apostle had it, with even some sects of the church, like the Ethiopic branch, holding it as indeed sacred and part of their canon.

In looking at another of the reasons why the book was rejected by some, I found what I think is an amazing quote from author Joseph Lumpkin, who is not a preterist, but states this about church history: Since any book stands to be interpreted in many ways, Enoch posed problems for some theologians.

Instead of reexamining their own theology, they sought to dispose of that which went counter to their beliefs.

Lumpkin — The Books of Enoch: The Angels, The Watchers and The Nephilim, p 16 His implication here seems to be saying that some in the early days of the church believed the second coming was in AD Sadly he does not develop that or explain any further as to where he is pulling this tidbit of information from.

So in the end, we find it to begin being discredited after the Council of Laodicea and then later church fathers denied the canonicity of the book. The book eventually fell from view for almost two thousand years, and was only rediscovered and published in English around the turn of the nineteenth century.

A short side note.

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When I was researching some additional info on the 70 generations mentioned in Enoch, I stumbled upon a general forum discussion on religion, and found someone who was struggling with this issue.

It seems that a Enoch correctly predicted it, b Luke modified the genealogy here and there to make it match Enoch, c Enoch is again taking from it Luke. Something is going on here! What also seems a bit troubling is that Enoch says the judgement will occur 70 generations after Enoch; at the time of Christ.

Christ says he would return before the generation had passed away, again fitting in with Enoch. So here we have another conundrum: Secondly, it is worth noting that based on his study of the book he was beginning to show leanings towards a Preterist understanding of things.This question was put to me by a friend of mine (no, not the one with all the anti-Mormon questions).

The answer is a “not really well, sort of, I guess well, I guess I can see why people would say that” type of . Essay about love people fall in love and suffer from it, they look for an ideal partner and relationship which wil last forever.

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Conference of the Birds is based on a poem in Persian by the 12 th century poet, Farid ud-Din Attar. The poem contains approximately lines. The poem uses a journey by a group of 30 birds, led by a hoopoe as an allegory of a Sufi sheikh or master leading his pupils to enlightenment.

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