To the less known non-canonical texts belong the book of Baruch and the book of Enoch.
Within the oldest Fathers and Apologists the book of Enoch, whose acknowledgement as a canonical book especial Tertullian (150-225) advocated, enjoyed a high esteem until the Enoch sciptures lost credit in the fourth century - especially caused by Hyronimus (347-420) - and then ceased to be quoted and finally fell under the ban of the church.
The pious patriarch Enoch(e'-nok ; chanokh, 'initiated'; Henoch) was already mentioned in the Old Testament in the Genesis 5.23 with 365 years of life.
In the Judas-Letter 14 and 15 is a citation from the ethiopian Enochbook Chapt. 1.9: "Now, even at these people is the prophecy aimed which Enoch, the seventh descendant of Adam has pronounced with the words: Behold, the Lord has come amidst his holy tens of thousands to hold court and to punish all the wicked for their godless deeds, with which they have commited an outrage and because of all the naughty discourses, which they led against him as godless sinners. "
Enoch, the seventh descendant of Adam, is considered the author of a prophetic Scripture which was widely spread in the 2. century BC.
The Enochbook has three versions with different origin and language :
1. The egypt Enochbook stems from the Abyssinian Church
A. Dillmann, Leipzig, 1853: The Book Enoch;
C. Bonner, London, 1937: The last chapters of Enoch in greek;
2. The Slavic Eenochbook is in its earliest form in old slavoinan.
But Chapters 37-71 are a messianic supplement. It contains direct experiences with archangels like Gabriel, Michael and Vereviel.
3. The Hebrew Enochbook(the hebrew book of Enoch) was after a Jewish tradition issued of Hugo Odeberg in 1928. 1968 Reprint by "Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft", Darmstadt.
The Enoch-book describes a planetary "soul travel" of Enoch under the leadership of various Archangels (Uriel, Raphael, Raguel, Michael, Sariel, Gabriel) through the planes of creations to the Lord.
"Michael, Raphael, Gabriel and Phanuel are later described to be the four angels of the "Lord of the Spirits". The fall of a big group of angles is described (Leaders: Semjasa, their leader; Urakib, Arameel, Sammael, Akibeel, Tamiel, Ramuel, Danel, Ezeqeel, Saraqujal, ASAEL ASSOCIATIONS, Armers, Batraal, Anani, Zaqebe, Samsaveel, Sartael, Tumael, Turel, Jomjael, Arasjal), their incarnation under the human race, which they seduced to fornication and wickedness, and their tribunal after the Archangel had brought the grievances before the face of the Lord.
Even the underworld in the West is described: Then, the future kingdom of God is pointed out, and the Messianic judgement is described.
Later similar soultravels were described in the Merkaba-literature.