Catholic Encyclopedia – Henoch


(Greek Enoch)

The name of

  • the son of Cain (Genesis 4:17, 18)
  • a nephew of Abraham (Genesis 25:4)
  • the first-born of Ruben (Genesis 46:9)
  • the son of Jared
  • the father of Mathusala (Genesis 5:18 sq.), the most illustrious bearer of the name

At the time of the birth of Mathusala Henoch was sixty-five years of age, “and all the days of Henoch were three hundred and sixty-five years” (Genesis 5:23). Instead of the clause “and he died”, added to the sketches concerning the other patriarchs, the text says of Henoch: “And he walked with God, and was seen no more: because God took him” (Genesis 5:24). The inspired writer of Hebrews 11:5 adds: “By faith Henoch was translated, that he should not see death.” Sirach 44:16 and 49:16 intimates the same truth about the patriarch. The Epistle of Saint Jude (14-15) shows us Henoch in the light of a prophet, announcing the judgement of God upon the ungodly. Some writers have supposed that Saint Jude quoted these words from the so-called apocryphal Book of Henoch; but, since they do not fit into its context (Ethiopic), it is more reasonable to suppose that they were interpolated into the apocryphal book from the text of Saint Jude. The Apostle must have borrowed the words from Jewish tradition.

MLA Citation

  • Anthony Maas. “Henoch”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 27 November 2018. Web. 19 April 2021. <>