The Book (or Books) of Enoch is a collection of works purportedly made by Enoch, the great-grandfather of Noach, before the flood. I read that they are not part of the Tanach, even though they contain deep Jewish concepts. How is the book of Enoch viewed in Orthodox Judaism?

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    Most Jews are ignorant of it. It has little influence on Judaism as a whole on day to day life. Nobody cares about it. Basically, if you talk about it, you're placing yourself on the fringe.
    – Aaron
    Commented Feb 3, 2016 at 21:06
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    @Aaron But why?
    – Gabriel12
    Commented Feb 3, 2016 at 21:11
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    But the Zohar is though to be true by the majority of orthodox jews (to my knowledge).
    – Gabriel12
    Commented Feb 3, 2016 at 21:27
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    Note that the Anshei Knesses Hagedolah determined what was and what was not part of the Tanach before the book of Maccabees was written. However, if the book of Enosh had been written before, then they deliberately did not include it. This would seem to imply that it is not to be studied. However, I do not have a source for this idea. Commented Feb 3, 2016 at 21:58
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    @sabbahillel What?? Why would you think Anshei Knesses Hagedolah's only reason for selecting books to be canonized is that they may be studied? Certainly they had loftier reasons than that. The fact that something was excluded does not mean it is not to be studied. Tanakh was not just the largest set of books which could be studied.
    – Double AA
    Commented Feb 3, 2016 at 22:44

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3 Enoch is known in Jewish tradition under the name Sefer Hekhaloth. It is part of a wider body of texts known as Hekhaloth literature. This book is now considered one of the primary texts of kabbalah though it is technically, like Sefer Yesirah, pre-kabbalah and subject to interpretations that don't necessitate a kabbalistic metaphysic. At the time it was written, reception to hekhaloth literature in general was mixed. For example, Shiur Qomah, a related text, was first accepted by the Rambam, but then rejected as a Byzantine invention. As for the other two Enochs, there is no evidence they were known or accepted in Judaism, were probably not written in Hebrew, and do not exist in Hebrew translation.

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