The Book of Noah?

Question

What is the Book of Noah?

Answer

There is mention of some writings — thought to be the Book of Noah — ascribed to the biblical figure known as Noah in two Old Testament pseudepigrapha (the non-canonical Book of Jubilees and Book of Enoch) and in some fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Pseudepigrapha comes from two Greek words — pseudo meaning “false” and epigraphe meaning “to inscribe” — and refers to what is considered false writings. Such books are falsely-attributed words, works and texts whose claimed author is not the true author of the text, or they are works whose real author attributed it to a biblical figure of the past. The Book of Noah is one of these books.

Pseudepigrapha are nothing like the sixty-six books of the Bible which are true (Prov. 30:5), inspired (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 2:21), inerrant (Psa. 12:6), and infallible — that is, absolutely trustworthy (Psa. 19:7; 111:7), sure (2 Pet. 1:19), and worthy of acceptance (1 Tim. 1:15; 3:1; 4:9; 2 Tim. 2:11; Tit. 3:8).

Answer by Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr.

Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr., D.D., M.Div. is the Theological Editor at Third Millennium Ministries (Thirdmill).