Is Metatron in the Bible? Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Enoch and the Archangel

Is Metatron in the Bible? Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Enoch and the Archangel

Who is Metatron? Does Metatron appear in the Bible? Is Enoch Metatron? The answers to these questions remain a matter of religious perspective. Ask a pastor, rabbi, and imam about who Metatron is, and you will receive three different responses. However, if you maintain an open mind, you will discover whether you can find Metatron in the Bible below.

Who Is Metatron?

Archangel Metatron serves God as the ruler of all beings, except the other archangels. He is as big as Earth, flies with 72 Earth-sized wings, and sees with 365 sun-sized eyes. Metatron clothes himself in the finest, most dazzling raiment designed by God. The Holy One (YHWH) also made Metatron a throne and curtain like His own, and put them at the door to the Seventh Hall of Heaven.

What Does Metatron Do?

Metatron is known as the Voice of God because YHWH appointed him as his sole intermediary. All angels and men must speak to Metatron first if they seek an audience with God. And, although God commanded two archangels to instruct Metatron, they and the other archangels must obey Metatron’s commands when given in God’s name. Some of the other roles assigned to Metatron include_

  • Guardian of the Tree of Life

  • Escort from Earth to Heaven

  • Heavenly Scribe

Does Metatron Have Other Names?

If you search online for Metatron in the Bible, you will not find anyone by that name. And, while most Christians will tell you that Metatron goes unmentioned in the Bible, some Jews will disagree, claiming you can find Metatron in the Old Testament by another name. In the Third Book of Enoch, Metatron claims to have 70 names, like God himself. Some of his most common names include_ 

  • Mattatron

  • Mīṭaṭrūn

  • Prince of the Countenance

  • Prince of the Presence

  • Angel of the Presence

  • Chief Angel

  • King of the Angels

  • Angel of the Veil

  • Prince of the World

  • Enoch, Son of Jared

  • Voice of God

  • Lesser YHWH

  • Youth

Meaning of the Name “Metatron”

Scholars disagree about the meaning of the name, “Metatron.” Various academics have suggested the name has its roots in Hebrew, Persian, Greek, Latin, or Aramaic. Others see “Metatron” as a magic word or an adaptation of the name of the pre-Zoroastrian god, Mithra. Some of the most common translations of “Metatron” include_

  • Throne adjacent to the divine throne

  • Keeper of the watch

  • Sharer of the throne

  • Behind the throne

  • Messenger

  • Measurer

  • Protector

  • Guard

  • Guide

  • Taken

Earliest References to Metatron

While the origins of Metatron remain uncertain, several spiritual texts mention him by name, including the_

  • Third Book of Enoch

  • Talmud

  • Zohar

  • Shi'ur Qomah

  • Apocalypse of Zerubbabel

Likewise, many early Islamic scholars mention Metatron by name in their writings, including_

  • Al-Suyuti

  • Al-Masudi

  • Al-Kindi

  • Al-Buni

  • Hazm

Where Does the Bible Talk About Metatron?

Strictly speaking, you will not find Metatron in the Bible, at least not by name. However, many Jewish mystics believe that any reference to Enoch represents a statement about Metatron. Those who ascribe to this view would say that the Bible mentions Metatron in the following places_

  • Genesis 5_18-24

  • Luke 3_37

  • Hebrews 11_5

  • Jude 1_14

In more recent times, a few curious minds have associated Metatron with Adam and Melchezidek. Others even argue that you can find Metatron in the New Testament in the form of Jesus Christ. However, all references to “Metatron” by name are in apocryphal works, requiring you to explore beyond the canonical Bible.

Is Metatron in the Book of Enoch?

Metatron features heavily in the Third Book of Enoch. In 3 Enoch, Rabbi Ishmael Ben Elisha claims to have met and received the protection of Metatron when other angels of God wished to cast the rabbi down from the heavens. Metatron then utters multiple sayings to the rabbi and reveals that he, Metatron, is Enoch.

Is Enoch Metatron?

Many scholars and spiritualists believe that Enoch is Metatron. By extension, they also believe that you can find Metatron in the Bible. But, what do you think? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter, and we will add your thoughts to our article during the next update.

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