I have long believed, even before I became Orthodox, that the book of Enoch is scripture. If you have not read the book of Enoch or are not familiar with it this might not be the post for you. I know HH Pope Shenouda's stance on it, but I disagree respectfully. The book of Enoch is riddled with references to Christ but the reason many reject it is because it elaborates on that strange part of Genesis that talks about the Sons of God coming unto the daughters of men, having sex with them and they bore giants.
Now the interpretation of Sons of God is said to be the line of seth, but going deeper into the Hebrew the word "Sons of God" is only ever used to refer to non human beings. (This is from a friend of mine Michael Heiser PhD who is a hebrew and greek scholar). There were many early church fathers who agreed and many that didnt, same as the Apocalypse of St John.
I also find it odd that one of the main arguments is that angelic beings cannot have intercourse, yet they can eat? So they have a digestive system but not a reproductive system? In the book of Enoch he refers to these angels who left heaven as "watchers", as if they are a distinct category of angels. So whats the big deal?
I am not sure why this book is rejected. Jude quotes from it verbatim, so that little parapgraph is accepted scripture but the rest of it is horribly wrong. Clearly St Jude believed the book to be holy, yet we reject it.
Also the Ethiopian Orthodox church has this very book in their canon, this was the only surviving copy. This leads me to believe it was a jewish book brought to Ethiopia with the Ethiopian jews, making it a legitimate book. This is atleast the story given to me by the Ethiopian monks.
I am hoping to shed more light on this with those who are aware of this book. Again this book does not affect our salvation therefore I dont stress to people that u must believe in this book. I do believe that one can have belief in this book without contradicting the church or their salvation, as demonstrated by the Ethiopian Church.
on a side note if we are still here when Enoch and Elijah come back, we could then just ask Enoch: "hey man, how are ya, umm yea did u write this book?"