- Milik 1976. BE : 225-244, 355ff. Stuckenbruck 2000. DJD 36: 42-48.
- Milik 1976. BE : 225-244, 355ff.
This book is not part of the Ethiopic version of the Books of Enoch, but several of its features indicate that the scribes of the Dead Sea Scrolls grouped it with the other compositions of the Enoch corpus. Later fragments of this composition have survived in various languages among the scriptures of the Manichean religion. The discovery of this text in the Qumran caves confirmed the supposition that it is not an original Manichean composition, but rather one of the earliest extrabiblical (parabiblical) Jewish compositions written in Aramaic. Unlike the other books of the Enoch corpus, the Book of Giants is not written as a first-person account told by Enoch. Nevertheless, it deals with the myth of the fallen angels found in the other Books. The story is told from the perspective of the Giants, or “Nephilim” as they are called in the text, the monstrous progeny of the fallen angels and human women. Although the manuscripts are fragmentary, the composition seems to claim that the flood was a punishment for the sins of the Giants, and served to purge the earth of their harmful presence.
Plate 359: Fragments 2-3 of 4Q206 are currently identified as parts of a distinct composition, 4QEnGiants f.