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The Apocryphal Old Testament Collection of the most important non-canonical Old Testament books designed for general use.

Chapter II

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1And he took me and brought me where the vault of heaven was set, and where there was a river that no man can cross, nor any alien creature 1 Or ‘breeze’. from any of those that God created. 2And he took me and brought me to the first heaven and showed me a door of great size; and he said to me, Let us go in through it. And we went in as if we were being carried along on wings, about a thirty days' journey. 3And he showed me a plain inside the heaven; and there were men living on it with the faces of oxen, and the horns of stags, and the feet of goats, and the hind-quarters of lambs. 4And I, Baruch, asked the angel, Tell me, pray, what is the extent of the heaven in which we journeyed, what are its dimensions, and what is the plain, so that I also may tell my fellow men? 5And the angel, whose name was Phamiel, 2 A corruption, either of ‘Phanuel’, which is supported by the Slavonic here (cp. l Enoch xl. 9, liv. 6, lxxi. 8, 9, 13), or of ‘Remiel’ (cp. Syr. Apoc. lv. 3: also 1 Enoch xx. 8 and 2 Esdras iv. 36). said to me, This door that you see is the door of the heaven, and the extent of the heaven is as great as the distance from earth to the heaven; and again, the length of the plain you saw is as great as the distance 〈from north to south〉. 6And again the angel of the powers said to me, Come and I will show you greater mysteries. 7But I said, I pray you show me what these men are. And he said to me, These are the men who built the tower of strife against God, and the Lord banished them.

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1 Or ‘breeze’.

2 A corruption, either of ‘Phanuel’, which is supported by the Slavonic here (cp. l Enoch xl. 9, liv. 6, lxxi. 8, 9, 13), or of ‘Remiel’ (cp. Syr. Apoc. lv. 3: also 1 Enoch xx. 8 and 2 Esdras iv. 36).

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