Nickelsburg, George W. E. and James C. VanderKam. 1 Enoch 2: A Commentary on the Book of 1 Enoch, Chapters 37-82. Hermenia, ed. Klaus Baltzer. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2012.
I read the section by Nickelsburg on the “Book of Parables” (1 Enoch 37-71). One of my goals was to assess the similarity/dissimilarity between “The Book of Parables” and Revelation. There are some similarities between Revelation 4-5 and parts of “The Book of Parables,” but in general “The Book of Parables” is not full of the same rich imagery as Revelation.
There is some similarity in content. “The Book of Parables” draws heavily from Daniel, Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Psalms as does Revelation. It also focuses on a Messiah figure bringing eschatological judgment to the earth. However, “The Book of Parables” lacks Revelations detailed treatment of the Day of the Lord that precedes the final judgment.
I remain skeptical about assigning much weight to “The Book of Parables” in determining how Revelation should be interpreted. I think that comparisons between Revelation and Daniel, Ezekiel, Isaiah, and the other canonical prophets are more significant. However, if “The Book of Parables” weighs at all (e.g., as a witness to how some early interpreters of Daniel, Isaiah, Ezekiel, etc. understood those texts), it is worth noting that “The Book of Parables” is futuristic rather than idealistic, preterist, or historicist in orientation.