The Holy Man, Enoch, and his Sky Journeys
The biblical person, Enoch(Gen 5:21-23), who presumably lived in pre-historic times, went to God without dying. The Israelite literary tradition thus credited him with knowledge of the make-up of the cosmos and acknowledged his ability to make sky journeys with spirit guides to learn more about this cosmos. Apocryphal works written in his name recount his experience and his description of the cosmos. Reports of Russian shamanic experiences of sky journeys contributes to the formulation of a model that helps to interpret the Enochic literature.
Keywords: Sky Journeys, Israelite Literature, Enoch, Shamans, Cognitive Neuroscience, Cultural Anthropology, Psychological Anthropology, Alternate States of Consciousness
Dr. John J Pilch
Professor, Theology Department, Georgetown University