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Enosh--the first liturgist?

Canisius | 07 January, 2006 22:04

In Vol. 3, p. 153, Gueranger refers to "Enos, who had the honor of regulating the ceremonies and solemnity to be observed in man's worship of his creator."

So where'd he get that? While I don't know a great deal about Scripture, I do have an idea on this one: Genesis 4:26 says that "To Seth also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh. At that time men began to call upon the name of the LORD." Since this verse mentions that men began to "call upon the name of the LORD" (i.e., worship him liturgically"; cf. Isaiah 12:4, Joel 2:32, Judith 16:2) during Enosh's life time, one could take it as implying that Enosh had something to do with the new development. Gueranger (following some previous author, I'm sure) takes it to mean that Enosh was responsible for the liturgical worship of Yahweh.

Interestingly, an ancient Jewish tradition portrays Enosh as the first idolator! If I understand it correctly, the idea is that Enosh was responsible for teaching everyone how to commit idolatry, and hence God's glory left the Garden of Eden and departed to heaven, and this in turn necessitated a new, liturgical worship of Yahweh.


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