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Apocalypse Of Moses

The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament

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Chapter 1

1 This is the story of Adam and Eve after they had gone out of
Paradise. And Adam knew his wife
2 Eve and went upwards to the sun-rising and abode there
eighteen years and two months. And
3 Eve conceived and bare two sons; Adiaphotos, who is called
Cain and Amilabes who is called Abel.


Chapter 2
1 And after this, Adam and Eve were with one another and while
they were sleeping, Eve said to Adam her lord: 'My lord, Adam,
behold,
2 I have seen in a dream this night the blood of my son
Amilabes who is styled Abel being poured into the mouth of Cain
his brother and he went on drinking it without pity. But he
begged him to leave him a little of it. Yet he hearkened
3 not to him, but gulped down the whole; nor did it stay in his
stomach, but came out of his mouth. And Adam said, 'Let us
arise and go
4 and see what has happened to them. (I fear) lest the
adversary may be assailing them somewhere.'
 

Chapter 3
1 And they both went and found Abel murdered. I by the hand of
Cain his brother. And God
2 saith to Michael the archangel: 'Say to Adam: " Reveal not the
secret that thou knowest to Cain thy son,
for he is a son of wrath. But grieve not, for I will
give thee another son in his stead; he shall show
(to thee) all that thou shalt do. Do thou tell him
nothing."' Thus spake the archangel
3 to Adam. But he kept the word in his heart, and with him also
Eve, though they grieved concerning Abel their son.
 

Chapter 4
1 And after this, Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived
and bare Seth.
And Adam said to Eve: 'See! we have
2 begotten a son in place of Abel, whom Cain slew, let us give
glory and sacrifice to God.'
 

Chapter 5
1 And Adam begat thirty sons and thirty daughters and Adam
lived nine hundred and thirty years; and he fell sick and cried
with a loud
2 voice and said, 'Let all my sons come to me that I may see
them before I die.'
3 And all assembled, for the earth was divided into three parts.
And Seth his son said to him:
4 'Father Adam, what is thy complaint?'
5 And he saith, 'MY children, I am crushed by the burden of
trouble.' And they say to him, 'What is trouble?'
 

Chapter 6
1 And Seth answered and said to him: 'Hast thou called to mind,
father, the fruit of paradise of which thou usedst to eat, and hast
been grieved in yearning for it?'
'If this be so, tell me, (and) I will go and
2 bring thee fruit from paradise. For I will set dung upon my
head and will weep and pray that the Lord will hearken to me
and send his angel (and bring me a plant from paradise), and I
will bring it thee that thy trouble may cease from thee.'
Adam saith to him: 'Nay, my son Seth, but
3 I have (much) sickness and trouble!' Seth saith to him: 'And
how hath this come upon thee?'
 

Chapter 7
1 And Adam said to him: 'When God made us, me and your
mother, through whom also I die, He gave us power to eat of
every tree which is in paradise, but, concerning that one only,
He charged us not to eat of it, and through this one we are to
die. And the hour drew nigh for the angels
2 who were guarding your mother to go up and worship the
Lord, and I was far from her, and the enemy knew that she was
alone and gave to her, and she ate of the tree of which she had
been told not to eat.
3 Then she gave also to me to eat.
 

Chapter 8
1 'And God was wroth with us, and the Lord came into paradise
and called me in a terrible voice and said: "Adam, where art
thou? And why hidest thou from my face? Shall the house be
able to hide itself from its builder?"
And he saith to me: "Since thou hast abandoned
my covenant, I have brought upon thy body
seventy-two strokes;
the trouble of the first stroke is a pain
of the eyes,
the second stroke an affection of the
hearing, and likewise in turn all the
strokes shall befall thee."'
 

Chapter 9
1 As he said this to his sons, Adam groaned sore and said:
'What shall I do? I am in great distress.'
And Eve wept and said: 'My lord
2 Adam, rise up and give me half of thy trouble and I will endure
it; for it is on my account that this hath happened to thee, on my
account thou art beset with toils and troubles.' But Adam
3 said to Eve, 'Arise and go with my son Seth near to paradise,
and put earth upon your heads and weep and pray God to have
mercy upon me and send his angel to paradise, and give me of
the tree out of which the oil floweth, and bring it me, and I shall
anoint myself and shall have rest from my complaint.'
 

Chapter 10
1 Then Seth and Eve went towards paradise, and Eve saw her
son, and a wild beast assailing him, and Eve wept and said:
'Woe is me; if
2 I come to the day of the Resurrection, all those who have
sinned will curse me saying: Eve hath not kept the
commandment of God.' And she
3 spake to the beast: 'Thou wicked beast, fearest thou not to
fight with the image of God? How was thy mouth opened? How
were thy teeth made strong? How didst thou not call to mind thy
subjection? For long ago wast thou made subject to the image
of God.' Then the beast
4 cried out and said:
 

Chapter 11
1 'It is not our concern, Eve, thy greed and thy wailing, but thine
own; for (it is) from thee that the rule of the beasts hath arisen.
How was thy
2 mouth opened to eat of the tree concerning which God
enjoined thee not to eat of it? On this account, our nature also
hath been transformed. Now therefore thou canst not endure it,
3 if I begin to reprove thee.'
 

Chapter 12
1 Then Seth speaketh to the beast, 'Close thy mouth and be
silent and stand off from the image of God until the day of
Judgment.' Then saith
2 the beast to Seth: 'Behold, I stand off from the image of God.'
And he went to his lair.
 

Chapter 13
1 And Seth went with Eve near paradise, and I they wept there,
and prayed God to send his angel and give them the oil of
mercy.
And God
2 sent the archangel Michael and he spake to Seth: 'Seth, man
of God, weary not thyself with prayers and entreaties concerning
the tree which floweth with oil to anoint thy father Adam. For it
shall not be thine now, but in the end of the times.
3 Then shall all flesh be raised up from Adam till that great day,-
all that shall be of the holy people. Then shall the delights of
paradise be given to them and God shall be in their midst. And
they shall no longer sin before his face, for the evil heart shall be
taken from them and there shall be given them a heart
understanding the good and to serve God only.
But do thou go back to thy father. For the
6 term of his life hath been fulfilled and he will live three days
from to-day and will die. But when his soul is departing, thou
shalt behold the awful (scene of) his passing.'
 

Chapter 14
1 Thus spake the angel and departed from them. And Seth and
Eve came to the hut where Adam was laid. And Adam saith to
Eve: 'Eve, what
2 hast thou wrought in us? Thou hast brought upon us great
wrath which is death, [lording it over all our race].' And he saith
to her, 'Call all
3 our children and our children's children and tell them the
manner of our transgression.'
 

Chapter 15
1 Then saith Eve to them: 'Hear all my children and children's
children and I will relate to you
2 how the enemy deceived us. It befell that we were guarding
paradise, each of us the portion
3 allotted to us from God. Now I guarded in my lot, the west and
the south. But the devil went to Adam's lot, where the male
creatures were. [For God divided the creatures; all the males he
gave to your father and all the females he gave to me.]
 

Chapter 16
1 And the devil spake to the serpent saying, Rise up, come to
me and I will tell thee a word
2 whereby thou mayst have profit." And he arose and came to
him. And the devil saith to him:
3 "I hear that thou art wiser than all the beasts, and I have come
to counsel thee.
Why dost thou eat of Adam's tares and not of
paradise? Rise up and we will cause him to be
cast out of paradise, even
4 as we were cast out through him." The serpent saith to him, "I
fear lest the Lord be wroth with
5 me." The devil saith to him:
"Fear not, only be my vessel and I will speak
through thy mouth words to deceive him."
 

Chapter 17
1 And instantly he hung himself from the wall of paradise, and
when the angels ascended to
2 worship God, then Satan appeared in the form of an angel
and sang hymns like the angels.
And I bent over the wall and saw him, like an
angel. But he saith to me: "Art thou Eve?" And I
said
3 to him, "I am." 'What art thou doing in paradise?" And I said to
him, "God set us to guard and
4 to eat of it." The devil answered through the mouth of the
serpent: 'Ye do well but ye do not eat
5 of every plant." And I said: "Yea, we eat of all. save one only,
which is in the midst of paradise, concerning which, God
charged us not to eat of it: for, He said to us, on the day on
which ye eat of it, ye shall die the death."
 

Chapter 18
1 Then the serpent saith to me, "May God live! but I am grieved
on your account, for I would not have you ignorant. But arise,
(come) hither, hearken to me and eat and mind the value of that
tree."
2,3 But I said to him, " I fear lest God be wroth with me as he
told us." And he saith to me: "Fear not, for as soon as thou
eatest of it, ye too shall be as God, in that ye shall know good
and evil.
4 But God perceived this that ye would be like Him, so he envied
you and said, Ye shall not eat of
5,6 it. Nay, do thou give heed to the plant and thou wilt see its
great glory." Yet I feared to take of the fruit. And he saith to me:
"Come hither, and I will give it thee. Follow me."
 

Chapter 19
1 And I opened to him and he walked a little way, then turned
and said to me: "I have changed my
2 mind and I will not give thee to eat until thou swear to me to
give also to thy husband." (And) I said. "What sort of oath shall I
swear to thee? Yet what I know, I say to thee: By the throne of
the
3 Master, and by the Cherubim and the Tree of Life! I will give
also to my husband to eat." And when he had received the oath
from me, he went and poured upon the fruit the poison of his
wickedness, which is lust, the root and beginning of every sin,
and he bent the branch on the earth and I took of the fruit and I
ate.
 

Chapter 20
1 And in that very hour my eyes were opened, and forthwith I
knew that I was bare of the righteousness
2 with which I had been clothed (upon), and I wept and said to
him: "Why hast thou
3 done this to me in that thou hast deprived me of the glory with
which I was clothed?" But I wept also about the oath, which I
had sworn. But he descended from the tree and vanished.
4 And I began to seek, in my nakedness, in my part for leaves to
hide my shame, but I found none, for, as soon as I had eaten,
the leaves showered down from all the trees in my part, except
the fig tree
5 only. But I took leaves from it and made for myself a girdle and
it was from the very same plant of which I had eaten.
 

Chapter 21
1 And I cried out in that very hour, 'Adam, Adam, where art
thou? Rise up, come to me and
2 I will show thee a great secret." But when your father came, I
spake to him words of transgression
3 [which have brought us down from our great glory]. For, when
he came, I opened my mouth and the devil was speaking, and I
began to exhort him and said, "Come hither, my lord Adam,
hearken to me and eat of the fruit of the tree of which God told
us not to eat of it, and thou shalt be as
4 a God." And your father answered and said, "I fear lest God be
wroth with me." And I said to
5 him, "Fear not, for as soon as thou hast eaten thou shalt know
good and evil." And speedily I persuaded him, and he ate and
straightway his eyes were opened and he too knew his
nakedness.
6 And to me he saith, "O wicked woman! what have I done to
thee that thou hast deprived me of the glory of God?"

Author's note: R.H. Charles Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1913
Keywords: Apocalypse Of Moses, Adam, Eve



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