Dee Had the Ethiopic Book of Enoch   3 comments

I was just watching an episode of Angela’s Symposium:

In this, she discusses the Book of Enoch (specifically 1Enoch, or the “Ethiopic Book of Enoch) and its influence on John Dee.  This is something I explore in depth in my books (I think especially in The Angelical Language, Vol I).  In case you are not familiar, I discuss in that work how the mythos of 1Enoch became the basis for Dee’s Enochian system.  However, as that text was considered long-lost in Dee’s time (it wouldn’t be re-discovered until the 17th century), I had always assumed the story had simply survived orally until it reached Dee. 

But I was wrong!  At the time I published, I was not aware of a man named Guillaume Postel (d. 1581 – the year before Dee began his angelic workings).  Dee knew Guillaume, and Guillaume actually had a copy of the Ethiopic Book of Enoch!

Neither Dee nor Postel could read the book, as it was written in Ge’ez, but Postel had been told what was in it by the Ethiopian from whom he had purchased the book.  Postel, then, related this information to Dee – and THAT is how the mythos contained in the “long-lost” Book of Enoch made it, fairly intact I might add!, into the journals of Dr. John Dee.

Here is a link to the Ethiopic Book of Enoch’s Wiki page, in case you want to study more about it:

Posted October 19, 2022 by kheph777 in Uncategorized

3 responses to “Dee Had the Ethiopic Book of Enoch

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  1. Reblogged this on Grand Temple of Horus Behdety.


  2. Very interesting. Did you only find out about this assumption after watching her video?


    • That Dee might have at least seen a copy of the Ethiopic Book of Enoch in his lifetime? Yep. It has been my assumption all along that Dee only heard about it orally (which he did – remember he couldn’t read the text even if he held the book in his hands), but had never actually seen an actual copy of the book. Turns out he probably did! 🙂


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