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read Þ eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Michael S. Heiser Reversing Hermon review » 103 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 been largely lost 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. 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 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 this logic 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 law 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 lusting 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 links 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 144000 are counterpoints to the adulterous Watchers p167 Finally the lake 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 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 feeling less 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 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 the latter 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 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 is largely 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 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 ancient languages and culture Reversing Hermon is utterly unlike the rampant speculations of virtually all popular level 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 The metal planet relationship A study of celestial influence right nowI Lord Tedric Alien Realms A star book recommend Reversing Hermon to those particularly interested in 1 Enoch but not in 6 Verses That Can Change Your Life reading scholarly works For most I would suggest the far superior Unseen Realm No Limits Brutal Master #2 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 Lets Be Just Friends Just Friends #1 review copy

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read Þ eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Michael S. Heiser Reversing Hermon review » 103 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. 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 a link to a video by Rob Skiva defending his view by uoting Dr Michael Heiser I 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 my life 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 looking at you Psalm 82And though I had disagreements with Heiser s interpretations here and there I ve come to believe that he s largely 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 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 seemed like they d never fit anywhere I m looking at you 1 Cor 1111 15And though I still want to do a proper review of The Unseen 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 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 arguing like some kind of modern gnostic that if we re going to be really spiritual then we 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 the land 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 laying a foundation for his own view by referencing 2 Peter 21 10 and Jude 5 7 And this leads 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 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 a lot of uestions And I m among those people There are a lot of things about this description that seem strange to me And yet most of my objections are logical cultural or emotionalnot scripturalI m not going to 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 He lays 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 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 similar lines 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 lifeLet me just say that chapter 4 is phenomenal 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 last year and like 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 left me with my mouth hanging openChapter 5 is a little 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 chapter less 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 life 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 book that discusses at any length 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 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 the lake 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 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 a list 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 list For example Luke 2118 is said to be a possible allusion to 1 Enoch 512 But look 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 little overlap but it seems to me that many of the allusions included in this list 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 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 The metal planet relationship A study of celestial influence 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 Lord Tedric Alien Realms A star book raise your heads because your 6 Verses That Can Change Your Life 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 little overlap but it seems to me that many of the allusions included in this list are a stretch Likewise some may not be an example of New Testament authors alluding to the Pseudepigrapha but No Limits Brutal Master #2 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 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 Lets Be Just Friends Just Friends #1 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 Liar Liar 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

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read Þ eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Michael S. Heiser Reversing Hermon review » 103 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. 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 line to light 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 light on As the subtitle suggests there is an often missed story line 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 likewise 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 ll never look at Scripture the same again that is for sure