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Enoch was the son of Jared and the father of Methuselah and the great-grandfather of Noah as recorded in the Bible in the Book of Genesis. All of the genealogies in Genesis end with the words "and then he died" except for Enoch. The Bible has this to say about Enoch:

"Enoch lived 365 years. Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away." (Genesis 5:22 NIV)
Most other people at that time were living for 900 years or more. Enoch is unique in both the relative shortness of his life and that he is not described as dying. In the New Testament of the Bible in the Book of Hebrews Enoch is mentioned again under the section of the 'Heroes of the Faith' and explains that Enoch never knew death.
By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God." (Hebrews 11:5 NIV)

The only other person to explicitly be taken up without experiencing death was Elijah. Some speculate the two witnesses who preach to the world in the end times in the Book of Revelation are Elijah and Enoch since they never tasted death.

Extra Biblical References

An Apocryphal Book of Enoch was written near the time of Jesus. A quote from this book appears in the Book of Jude from the Bible where Enoch is prophesizing against false teachers.

Mormon Beliefs

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) have additional scriptures in the Book of Moses in the Pearl of Great Price that describe Enoch and his status as prophet as well as information on the city of Zion. [1]


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