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10 1 Enoch 74:10-16 compares the lengths of the solar and lunar years, but no Aramaic or Greek fragment corresponding with this section has survived. 11 Milik (The Books of Enoch, 273) thought the Aramaic form of the astronomical work may have included a “broad introduction (approximately equivalent to En. 72)”, but there is no trace of such a section in the surviving fragments. 9 56 Ancient Jewish Sciences 23 3-10; 4Q210 ii -20). These are sections in which there is a larger measure of overlap between the versions than in the lunar material, although there are many differences as well.
C. Tigchelaar and F. García Martínez, “208-209. 4QAstronomical Enocha-b ar,” in Qumran Cave 4 XXVI: Miscellanea, Part 1 (DJD 36; J. VanderKam and M. Brady, consulting editors; Oxford: Clarendon, 2000), 95-171. : The Aramaic Astronomical Book (4Q208–4Q211) From Qumran: Text, Translation, and Commentary (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011). 2 Milik identified some Greek fragments as containing text from the Astronomical Book of Enoch (Joseph T. Milik, “Fragments grecs du livre d’Hénoch [P. Oxy.
34 44 Ancient Jewish Sciences purposes; and it probably functioned as the language of international culture as well. It was in Aramaic that the Enochic circles received the Babylonian scientific traditions; it was in Aramaic that they preserved them. The ideas were new in Israel and Hebrew as yet lacked a technical, scientific vocabulary in which to express them. An analogous situation arose in the early Middle Ages, when Jews began to write in Arabic, not so much because it was the vernacular, but because it was the language of high culture and science, and Hebrew had yet to develop a scientific vocabulary.