I personally don't think there is much of historical value in the Book of Enoch. It comes across as just a fanciful embellishment of certain passages in the Book of Genesis. The book is certainly of value for cultural and literary reasons. Of course the Catholic Church had no interest in that.
Present research places far too much importance on the Essenes. They should instead be focusing on the family of Herod (as Larry has mentioned). The Herodians were the ones with the motive, opportunity, and resources to forge a new world-wide religion. And this is exactly what they did!
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