Deluxe 1st Hardback Edition with an introduction by Steven Ashe, author of Qabalah of 50 Gates. The Book of Ech describes the fall of the Watchers who fathered the Nephilim. The fallen angels then went to Ech to intercede on their behalf with God. The remainder of the book describes Ech's visit to Heaven in the form of a vision, and his revelations. The Book of Ech, written during the second century B.C.E., is one of the most important n-canical apocryphal works, and probably had a huge influence on early Christian, particularly Gstic, beliefs. Filled with hallucinatory visions of heaven and hell, angels and devils, Ech introduced concepts such as fallen angels, the appearance of a Messiah, Resurrection, a Final Judgement, and a Heavenly Kingdom on Earth. Interspersed with this material are quasi-scientific digressions on calendrical systems, geography, cosmology, astromy, and meteorology.