The Books of Adam and
Evefrom VITA ADAE ET EVAE and Apocalypse of MOSES
From The Apocrypha and Pseudeipgrapha of
the Old Testament by R. H. Charles, vol. II , Oxford Press
1:1 When they were driven out from paradise, they made
themselves a booth, and spent seven days mourning and lamenting in great grief.
2:1 But after seven days, they began to be hungry and
started to look for victual to eat, and they 2 found it not. Then Eve said to Adam: 'My
lord, I am hungry. Go, look for (something) for us to eat. Perchance the Lord God will
look back and pity us and recall us to the place, in which we were before.'
3:1 And Adam arose and walked seven days over all that
land, and found no victual such as they 2 used to have in paradise. And Eve said to Adam:
"Wilt thou slay me? that I may die, and perchance God the Lord will bring thee into
paradise, for on my account hast thou been driven thence 3 Adam answered: 'Forbear, Eve,
from such words, that peradventure God bring not some other curse upon us. How is it
possible that I should stretch forth my hand against my own flesh? Nay, let us arise and
look for something for us to live on, that we fail not.'
4:1 And they walked about and searched for nine days, and
they found none such as they were used to have in paradise, but found only animals 2 food.
And Adam said to Eve: 'This hath the Lord provided for animals and brutes to eat; 3 but we
used to have angels' food. But it is just and right that we lament before the sight of God
who made us. Let us repent with a great penitence: perchance the Lord will be gracious to
us and will pity us and will give us a share of something for our living.'
v. 1 And Eve said to Adam: 'What is penitence? Tell me,
what sort of penitence am I to do? Let us not put too great a labour on ourselves, 'which
we cannot endure, so that the Lord will 2 not hearken to our prayers: and will turn away,
His countenance from us, because we have not, 3 fulfilled what we promised. My lord, how
much penitence hast thou thought (to do) for I have brought trouble and anguish upon
vi. 1 And Adam said to Eve: 'Thou canst not do so much as
I, but do only so much as thou hast strength for. For I will spend forty days fasting, but
do thou arise and go to the river Tigris and lift up a stone and stand on it in the water
up to thy neck in the deep of the river. And let no speech proceed out of thy mouth, since
we are unworthy to address the Lord, for our lips are unclean from the unlawful and
forbidden tree. 2 And do thou stand in the water of the river thirty-seven days. But I
will spend forty days in the water of Jordan, perchance the Lord God will take pity upon
vii. 1 And Eve walked to the river Tigris and did 2 as
Adam had told her. Likewise, Adam walked to the river Jordan and stood on a stone up to
his neck in water.
viii. 1 And Adam said: "I tell thee, water of
Jordan, grieve with me, and assemble to me all swimming (creatures), which are in thee,
and let them surround 2 me and mourn in company with me. Not, for themselves let them
lament, but for me; for it is not they that have sinned, but I.' 3 Forthwith, all living
things came and surrounded him, and, from that hour, the water of Jordan stood (still) and
its current was stayed.'
ix. 1 And eighteen days passed by; then Satan was wroth
and transformed himself into the brightness of angels, and went away to the river 2 Tigris
to Eve, and found her weeping, and the devil himself pretended to grieve with her, and he
began to weep and said to her: 'Come out of the river and lament no more. Cease now from
sorrow and moans. Why art thou anxious 3 and thy husband Adam? The Lord God hath heard
your groaning and hath accepted your penitence, and all we angels have entreated on your
behalf and made supplication to the Lord; 4 and he hath sent me to bring you out of the
water and give you the nourishment which you had in paradise, and for which you are crying
5 out. Now come out of the water and I will conduct you to the place where your victual
hath been made ready.'
x. 1 But Eve heard and believed and went out of the water
of the river, and her flesh was (trembling) 2 like grass, from the chill of the water. And
when she had gone out, she fell on the earth and the devil raised her up and led her to
Adam. 3 But when Adam had seen her and the devil with her, he wept and cried aloud and
said: 'O Eve, Eve, where is the labour of thy penitence? 4 How hast thou been again
ensnared by our adversary, by whose means we have been estranged from our abode in
paradise and spiritual joy?'
xi. 1 And when she heard this, Eve understood that (it
was) the devil (who) had persuaded her to go out of the river; and she fell on her face on
the earth and her sorrow and groaning and wailing 2 was redoubled. And she cried out and
said: Woe unto thee, thou devil. Why dost thou attack us for no cause? What hast thou to
do with us? What have we done to thee? for thou pursuest us with craft? Or why doth thy
malice 3 assail us? Have we taken away thy glory and caused thee to be without honour? Why
dost thou harry us, thou enemy (and persecute us) to the death in wickedness and envy?'
xii. 1 And with a heavy sigh, the devil spake: 'O Adam!
all my hostility, envy, and sorrow is for thee, since it is for thee that I have been
expelled from my glory, which I possessed in the heavens 2 in the midst of the angels and
for thee was I cast out in the earth.' Adam answered, 'What dost 3 thou tell me? What have
I done to thee or what is my fault against thee? Seeing that thou hast received no harm or
injury from us, why dost thou pursue us?'
xiii. 1 The devil replied, 'Adam, what dost thou tell me?
It is for thy sake that I have been hurled 2 from that place. When thou wast formed, I was
hurled out of the presence of God and banished from the company of the angels. When God
blew into thee the breath of life and thy face and likeness was made in the image of God,
Michael also brought thee and made (us) worship thee in the sight of God; and God the Lord
spake: Here is Adam. I have made thee in our image and likeness.'
xiv. 1 And Michael went out and called all the angels
saying: Worship the image of God as the Lord God hath commanded.' 2 And Michael himself
worshipped first; then he called me and said: 'Worship the image of God 3 the Lord.' And I
answered, 'I have no (need) to worship Adam.' And since Michael kept urging me to worship,
I said to him, 'Why dost thou urge me? I will not worship an inferior and younger being
(than I). I am his senior in the Creation, before he was made was I already made. It is
his duty to worship me.'
xv. 1, 2 When the angels, who were under me, heard this,
they refused to worship him. And Michael saith, 'Worship the image of God, but if thou
wilt not worship him, the Lord God will be wrath 3 with thee.' And I said, 'If He be wrath
with me, I will set my seat above the stars of heaven and will be like the Highest.'
xvi. 1 And God the Lord was wrath with me and banished me
and my angels from our glory; and on 2 thy account were we expelled from our abodes into
this world and hurled on the earth. And 3 straightway we were overcome with grief, since
we had been spoiled of so great glory. And we 4 were grieved when we saw thee in such joy
and luxury. And with guile I cheated thy wife and caused thee to be expelled through her
(doing) from thy joy and luxury, as I have been driven out of my glory.'
xvii. 1 When Adam heard the devil say this, he cried out
and wept and spake: 'O Lord my God, my life is in thy hands. Banish this Adversary far
from me, who seeketh to destroy my soul, and give 2, 3 me his glory which he himself hath
lost.' And at that moment, the devil vanished before him. But Adam endured in his penance,
standing for forty days (on end) in the water of Jordan.
xviii. 1 And Eve said to Adam: 'Live thou, my Lord, to
thee life is granted, since thou hast committed neither the first nor the second error.
But I have erred and been led astray for I have not kept the commandment of God; and now
banish me from the light of thy life and I will go to the sunsetting, 2 and there will I
be, until I die.' And she began to walk towards the western parts and to mourn 3 and to
weep bitterly and groan aloud. And she made there a booth, while she had in her womb
offspring of three months old.
xix. 1 And when the time of her bearing approached, she
began to be distressed with pains, and she 2 cried aloud to the Lord and said: 'Pity me, O
Lord, assist me.' And she was not heard and the mercy of God did not encircle her. And she
said to herself: 'Who shall tell my lord Adam? I implore you, ye luminaries of heaven,
what time ye return to the east, bear a message to my lord Adam.'
xx. 1 But in that hour, Adam said: 'The complaint of Eve
hath come to me. Perchance, once more hath the serpent fought with her.' 2 And he went and
found her in great distress. And Eve said: 'From the moment I saw thee, my lord, my
grief-laden soul was refreshed. And now entreat the Lord God on my behalf to 3 hearken
unto thee and look upon me and free me from my awful pains.' And Adam entreated the Lord
xxi. 1 And behold, there came twelve angels and two
'virtues', standing on the right and on the left 2 of Eve; and Michael was standing on the
right; and he stroked her on the face as far as to the breast and said to Eve: 'Blessed
art thou, Eve, for Adam's sake. Since his prayers and intercessions are great, I have been
sent that thou mayst receive our help. Rise up now, and 3 prepare thee to bear. And she
bore a son and he was shining; and at once the babe rose up and ran and bore a blade of
grass in his hands, and gave it to his mother, and his name was called Cain.
xxii. 1 And Adam carried Eve and the boy and led 2 them
to the East. And the Lord God sent divers seeds by Michael the archangel and gave to Adam
and showed him how to work and till the ground, that they might have fruit by which they
and all their generations might live. 3 For thereafter Eve conceived and bare a son, whose
name was Abel; and Cain and Abel used to stay together. 4 And Eve said to Adam: 'My lord,
while I slept, I saw a vision, as it were the blood of our son Abel in the hand of Cain,
who was gulping it down in his mouth. Therefore I have sorrow.' 5 And Adam said, 'Alas if
Cain slew Abel. Yet let us separate them from each other mutually, and let us make for
each of them separate dwellings.'
xxiii. 1 And they made Cain an husbandman, (but) Abel
they made a shepherd; in order that in this wise they might be mutually separated. 2 And
thereafter, Cain slew Abel, but Adam was then one hundred and thirty years old, but Abel
was slain when he was one hundred and twenty two years. 3 And thereafter Adam knew his
wife and he begat a son and called his name Seth.
xxiv. 1 And Adam said to Eve, 'Behold, I have begotten a
son, in place of Abel, whom Cain slew. 2 And after Adam had begotten Seth, he lived eight
hundred years and begat thirty sons and thirty daughters; in all sixty-three children. And
they were increased over the face of the earth in their nations.
xxv. 1 And Adam said to Seth, 'Hear, my son Seth, that I
may relate to thee what I heard and 2 saw after your mother and I had been driven out of
paradise. When we were at prayer, there 3 came to me Michael the archangel, a messenger of
God. And I saw a chariot like the wind and its wheels were fiery and I was caught up into
the Paradise of righteousness, and I saw the Lord sitting and his face was flaming fire
that could not be endured. And many thousands of angels were on the right and the left of
xxvi. 1 When I saw this, I was confounded, and terror
seized me and I bowed myself down before 2 God with my face to the earth. And God said to
me, 'Behold thou diest, since thou hast transgressed the commandment of God, for thou
didst hearken rather to the voice of thy wife, whom I gave into thy power, that thou
mightst hold her to thy will. Yet thou didst listen to her and didst pass by My words.'
xxvii. 1 And when I heard these words of God, I fell
prone on the earth and worshipped the Lord and said, 'My Lord, All powerful and merciful
God, Holy and Righteous One, let not the name that is mindful of Thy majesty be blotted
out, but convert my soul, for I die and my 2 breath will go out of my mouth. Cast me not
out from Thy presence, (me) whom Thou didst form of the clay of the earth. Do not banish
from Thy favour him whom Thou didst nourish.' 3 And lo! a word concerning thee came upon
me and the Lord said to me, 'Since thy days were fashioned, thou hast been created with a
love of knowledge; therefore there shall not be taken from thy seed for ever the (right)
to serve Me.'
xxviii. 1 And when I heard these words, I threw myself on
the earth and adored the Lord God and said, 'Thou art the eternal and supreme God; and all
creatures give thee honour and praise. 2 'Thou art the true Light gleaming above all
light(s), the Living Life, infinite mighty Power. To Thee, the spiritual powers give
honour and praise. Thou workest on the race of men the abundance of Thy mercy.' 3 After I
had worshipped the Lord, straightway Michael, God's archangel, seized my hand and 4 cast
me out of the paradise of ' vision' and of God's command. And Michael held a rod in his
hand, and he touched the waters, which were round about paradise, and they froze hard.
xxix. 1 And I went across, and Michael the archangel went
across with me, and he led me back to 2 the place whence he had caught me up. Hearken, my
son Seth, even to the rest of the secrets [and sacraments] that shall be, which were
revealed to me, when I had eaten of the tree of the 3 knowledge, and knew and perceived
what will come to pass in this age; [what God intends to do 4 to his creation of the race
of men. The Lord will appear in a flame of fire (and) from the mouth of His majesty He
will give commandments and statutes [from His mouth will proceed a two-edged sword] and
they will sanctify Him in the house of the habitation of His majesty. 5 And He will show
them the marvellous place of His majesty. And then they will build a house to the Lord
their God in the land which He shall prepare for them and there they will transgress His
statutes and their sanctuary will be burnt up and their land will be deserted and they 6
themselves will be dispersed; because they have kindled the wrath of God. And once more He
will cause them to come back from their dispersion; and again they will build the house of
God; 7 and in the last time the house of God will be exalted greater than of old. And once
more iniquity will exceed righteousness. And thereafter God will dwell with men on earth
[in visible form]; and then, righteousness will begin to shine. And the house of God will
be honoured in the age and their enemies will no more be able to hurt the men, who are
believing in God; and God will stir up for Himself a faithful people, whom He shall save
for eternity, and the impious shall be punished 8 by God their king, the men who refused
to love His law. Heaven and earth, nights and days, and all creatures shall obey Him, and
not overstep His commandment. Men shall not change their 9 works, but they shall be
changed from forsaking the law of the Lord. Therefore the Lord shall repel from Himself
the wicked, and the just shall shine like the sun, in the sight of God. And 10 in that
time, shall men be purified by water from their sins. But those who are unwilling to be
purified by water shall be condemned. And happy shall the man be, who hath ruled his soul,
when the Judgement shall come to pass and the greatness of God be seen among men and their
deeds be inquired into by God the just judge.
xxx. 1 After Adam was nine hundred and thirty years old,
since he knew that his days were coming to an end, he said: 'Let all my sons assemble
themselves to me, that I may bless them before I die, and speak with them.' 2 And they
were assembled in three parts, before his sight, in the house of prayer, where they used 3
to worship the Lord God. And they asked him (saying): 'What concerns thee, Father, that
thou shouldst assemble us, and why dost thou lie on 4 thy bed? 'Then Adam answered and
said: My sons, I am sick and in pain.' And all his sons said to him: 'What does it mean,
father, this illness and pain?'
xxxi. 1 Then said Seth his son: 'O (my) lord, perchance
thou hast longed after the fruit of paradise, which thou wast wont to eat, and therefore
thou liest in sadness? Tell me and I will go to the nearest gates of paradise and put dust
on my head and throw myself down on the earth before the gates of paradise and lament and
make entreaty to God with loud lamentation; perchance he will hearken to me and send his
angel to bring me the fruit, for which thou hast longed.' 2 Adam answered and said: 'No,
my son, I do not long (for this), but I feel weakness and great 3 pain in my body.' Seth
answered, 'What is pain, my lord father? I am ignorant; but hide it not from us, but tell
us (about it).'
xxxii. 1 And Adam answered and said: 'Hear me, my sons.
When God made us, me and your mother, and placed us in paradise and gave us every tree
bearing fruit to eat, he laid a prohibition on us concerning the tree of knowledge of good
and evil, which is in the midst of paradise; (saying) 2 'Do not eat of it.' But God gave a
part of paradise to me and (a part) to your mother: the trees of the eastern part and the
north, which is over against Aquilo he gave to me, and to your mother he gave the part of
the south and the western part.
xxxiii. 1 (Moreover) God the Lord gave us two angels 2 to
guard us. The hour came when the angels had ascended to worship in the sight of God;
forthwith the adversary [the devil] found an opportunity while the angels were absent and
the devil led your mother astray to eat of the 3 unlawful and forbidden tree. And she did
eat and gave to me.
xxxiv. 1 And immediately, the Lord God was wrath with us,
and the Lord said to me: 'In that thou hast left behind my commandment and hast not kept
my word,' which I confirmed to thee; behold, I will bring upon thy body, seventy blows;
with divers griefs, shalt thou be tormented, beginning at thy head and thine eyes and
thine ears down to thy nails on thy toes, and in every 2 separate limb. These hath God
appointed for chastisement. All these things hath the Lord sent to me and to all our
xxxv. 1 Thus spake Adam to his sons, and he was seized
with violent pains, and he cried out with a loud voice, 'What shall I do? I am in
distress. So cruel are the pains with which I am 2 beset.' And when Eve had seen him
weeping, she also began to weep herself and said: 'O Lord my God, hand over to me his
pain, for it is I who sinned.' 3 And Eve said to Adam: 'My lord, give me a part of thy
pains, for this hath come to thee from fault of mine.'
xxxvi. 1 And Adam said to Eve: 'Rise up and go with my
son Seth to the neighborhood of paradise, and put dust on your heads and throw yourselves
on the ground and lament in the sight of 2 God. Perchance He will have pity (upon you) and
send His angel across to the tree of His mercy, whence floweth the oil of life, and will
give you a drop of it, to anoint me with it, that I may have rest from these pains, by
which I am being consumed.'
xxxvii. 1 Then Seth and his mother went off to wards the
gates of paradise. And while they were walking, lo! suddenly there came a beast 2 [a
serpent] and attacked and bit Seth. And as soon as Eve saw it, she wept and said: 'Alas,
wretched woman that I am. I am accursed since I have not kept the commandment of God 3 And
Eve said to the serpent in a loud voice: Accursed beast! how (is it that) thou hast not
feared to let thyself loose against the image of God, but hast dared to fight with it?'
xxxviii. 1 The beast answered in the language of men: 'Is
it not against you, Eve, that our malice (is directed)? Are not ye the objects of our
rage? 2 Tell me, Eve, how was thy mouth opened to eat of the fruit? But now if I shall
begin to reprove thee thou canst not bear it.'
xxxix. 1 Then said Seth to the beast: 'God the Lord
revile thee. Be silent, be dumb, shut thy mouth, accursed enemy of Truth, confounder and
destroyer. Avaunt from the image of God till the day when the Lord God shall order thee to
be 2 brought to the ordeal.' And the beast said to Seth: 'See, I leave the presence of the
image of God, as thou hast said.' Forthwith he left Seth, wounded by his teeth.
xl. 1 But Seth and his mother walked to the regions of
paradise for the oil of mercy to anoint the sick Adam: and they arrived at the gates of
paradise, (and) they took dust from the earth and placed it on their heads, and bowed
themselves with their faces to the earth and began to lament and 2 make loud moaning,
imploring the Lord God to pity Adam in his pains and to send His angel to give them the
oil from the 'tree of His mercy '.
xli. 1 But when they had been praying and imploring for
many hours, behold, the angel Michael appeared 2 to them and said: 'I have been sent to
you from the Lord -- I am set by God over the 3 bodies of men -- I tell thee, Seth, (thou)
man of God, weep not nor pray and entreat on account of the oil of the tree of mercy to
anoint thy father Adam for the pains of his body.
xlii. 1 'For I tell thee that in no wise wilt thou be
able to receive thereof save in the last days.' 2 [When five thousand five hundred years
have been fulfilled, then will come upon earth the most beloved king Christ, the son of
God, to revive the body of Adam and with him to revive 3 the bodies of the dead. He
Himself, the Son of God, when He comes will be baptized in the river of Jordan, and when
He hath come out of the water of Jordan, then He will anoint from the 4 oil of mercy all
that believe in Him. And the oil of mercy shall be for generation to generation for those
who are ready to be born again of 5 water and the Holy Spirit to life eternal. Then the
most beloved Son of God, Christ, descending on earth shall lead thy father Adam to
Paradise to the tree of mercy.]
xliii. 1 'But do thou, Seth, go to thy father Adam, since
the time of his life is fulfilled. Six days hence, his soul shall go off his body and when
it shall have gone out, thou shalt see great marvels in the heaven and in the earth and
the 2 luminaries of heaven. With these words, straight-way Michael departed from Seth. 3
And Eve and Seth returned bearing with them herbs of fragrance, i.e. nard and crocus and
calamus and cinnamon.
xliv. 1 And when Seth and his mother had reached Adam,
they told him, how the beast [the serpent] 2 bit Seth. And Adam said to Eve: 'What hast
thou done? A great plague hast thou brought upon us, transgression and sin for all our
generations: and this which thou hast done, tell thy 3 children after my death, [for those
who arise from us shall toil and fail but they shall be 4 wanting and curse us (and) say,
All evils have our parents brought upon us, who were at the 5 beginning].' When Eve heard
these words, she began to weep and moan.
(from Apocalypse of Moses)
xv. 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.]
xvi. 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."
xvii. 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
xviii. 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."
xix. 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.
xx. 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 5 tree 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.
xxi. 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?"
xxii. 1 And in that same hour, we heard the archangel
Michael blowing with his trumpet and calling to 2 the angels and saying: "Thus saith
the Lord, Come with me to paradise and hear the judgement with which I shall judge
Adam." 3 And when God appeared in paradise, mounted on the chariot of his cherubim
with the angels proceeding before him and singing hymns of praises, all the plants of
paradise, both of your father's lot 4 and mine, broke out into flowers. And the throne of
God was fixed where the Tree of Life was.
xxiii. 1 And God called Adam saying, "Adam, where
art thou? Can the house be hidden from the presence 2 of its builder?" Then your
father answered; "It is not because we think not to be found by thee, Lord, that we
hide, but I was afraid, because I am naked, and I was ashamed before thy might, 3 (my)
Master." God saith to him, "Who showed thee that thou art naked, unless thou
hast forsaken my 4 commandment, which I delivered thee to keep (it)." Then Adam
called to mind the word which I spake to him, (saying) "I will make thee secure
before God;" and he turned and said to me: "Why 5 hast thou done this?" And
I said, "The serpent deceived me."
xxiv. 1 God saith to Adam: "Since thou hast
disregarded my commandment and hast hearkened to thy wife, cursed is the earth in thy
labours. 2 Thou shalt work it and it shall not give its strength: thorns and thistles
shall spring up for thee, and in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat thy bread. [Thou
shalt be in manifold toils; thou shalt be crushed by bitterness, but of sweetness shalt
thou not taste.] 3 Weary shalt thou be and shalt not rest; by heat shalt thou be tired, by
cold shalt thou be straitened: abundantly shalt thou busy thyself, but thou shalt not be
rich; and thou shalt grow fat, but come to no end. 4 The beasts, over whom thou didst
rule, shall rise up in rebellion against thee, for thou hast not kept my
xxv. 1 And the Lord turned to me and said: '" Since
thou hast hearkened to the serpent and turned 2 a deaf ear to my commandment, thou shalt
be in throes of travail and intolerable agonies; thou shalt bear children in much
trembling and in one hour thou shalt come to the birth, and lose thy 3 life, from thy sore
trouble and anguish. But thou shalt confess and say: 'Lord, Lord, save me, and 4 I will
turn no more to the sin of the flesh.' And on this account, from thine own words I will
judge thee, by reason of the enmity which the enemy has planted in thee."
xxvi. 1 But he turned to the serpent [in great wrath] and
said: "Since thou hast done this, and become a thankless vessel until thou hast
deceived the innocent hearts, accursed art thou among all beasts. 2 Thou shalt be deprived
of the victual of which thou didst eat and shalt feed on dust all the days of 3 thy life;
on thy breast and thy belly shalt thou walk and be robbed of hands and feet. There shall
not be left thee ear nor wing, nor one limb of all that with which thou didst ensnare them
in 4 thy malice and causedst them to be cast out of paradise; and I will put enmity
between thee and his seed; he shall bruise thy head and thou shalt bruise his heel until
the day of Judgement."
xxvii. 1, 2 Thus he spake and bade the angels have us
cast out of paradise: and as we were being driven out amid our loud lamentations, your
father Adam besought the angels and said: "Leave me a little (space) that I may
entreat the Lord that he have compassion on me and pity me, for I only 3 have
sinned." And they left off driving him and Adam cried aloud and wept saying:
"Pardon me, 4 O Lord, my deed." Then the Lord saith to the angels, "Why
have ye ceased from driving Adam from paradise? Why do ye not cast him out? Is it I who
have done wrong? Or is my judgement 5 badly judged?" Then the angels fell down on the
ground and worshipped the Lord saying," Thou art just, O Lord, and thou judgest
xxviii. 1 But the Lord turned to Adam and said: "I
will not suffer thee henceforward to be in paradise." 2 And Adam answered and said,
"Grant me, O Lord, of the Tree of Life that I may eat of it, before 3 I be cast
out." Then the Lord spake to Adam, "Thou shalt not take of it now, for I have
commanded the cherubim with the flaming sword that turneth (every way) to guard it from
thee that 4 thou taste not of it; but thou hast the war which the adversary hath put into
thee; yet when thou art gone out of paradise, if thou shouldst keep thyself from all evil,
as one about to die, when again the Resurrection hath come to pass, I will raise thee up
and then there shall be given to thee the Tree of Life."
xxix. 1, 2 Thus spake the Lord and ordered us to be cast
out of paradise. But your father Adam wept before the angels opposite paradise and the
angels say to him: "What wouldst thou have us to do, 3 Adam?" And your father
saith to them, "Behold, ye cast me out. I pray you, allow me to take away fragrant
herbs from paradise, so that I may offer an offering to God after I have gone out 4 of
paradise that he hear me." And the angels approached God and said: '"JAEL,
Eternal King, command, my Lord, that there be given to Adam incense of sweet odour from
paradise and seeds 5 for his food." And God bade Adam go in and take sweet spices and
fragrant herbs from paradise 6 and seeds for his food. And the angels let him go and he
took four kinds: crocus and nard and calamus and cinnamon and the other seeds for his
food: and, after taking these, he went out of 7 paradise. And we were on the earth.
xxx. 1 Now then, my children, I have shown you the way in
which we were deceived; and do ye guard yourselves from transgressing against the good.'
xxxi. 1 And when Eve had said this in the midst of her
sons, while Adam was lying ill and bound to die 2 after a single day from the sickness
which had fastened upon him, she saith to him: 'How is it that 3 thou diest and I live or
how long have I to live after thou art dead? Tell me.' And Adam saith to her: 'Reck not of
this, for thou tarriest not after me, but even both of us are to die together. And she
shall lie in my place. But when I die, anoint me and let no man touch me till the 4 angel
of the Lord shall speak somewhat concerning me. For God will not forget me, but will seek
His own creature; and now arise rather and pray to God till I give up my spirit into His
hands who gave it me. For we know not how we are to meet our Maker, whether He be wroth
with us, or be merciful and intend to pity and receive us.'
xxxii. 1, 2 And Eve rose up and went outside and fell on
the ground and began to say: 'I have sinned, O God, I have sinned, O God of All, I have
sinned against Thee. I have sinned against the elect angels. I have sinned against the
Cherubim. I have sinned against Thy fearful and unshakable Throne. I have sinned before
Thee and all sin hath begin through my doing in the creation.' 3 Even thus prayed Eve on
her knees; (and) behold, the angel of humanity came to her, and raised 4 her up and said:
'Rise up, Eve, (from thy penitence), for behold, Adam thy husband hath gone out of his
body. Rise up and behold his spirit borne aloft to his Maker.'
xxxiii. 1 And Eve rose up and wiped off her tears with
her hand, and the angel saith to her, 'Lift up thy 2 self from the earth.' And she gazed
steadfastly into heaven, and beheld a chariot of light, borne by four bright eagles, (and)
it were impossible for any man born of woman to tell the glory of them or 3 behold their
face -- and angels going before the chariot-- and when they came to the place where 4 your
father Adam was, the chariot halted and the Seraphim. And I beheld golden censers, between
your father and the chariot, and all the angels with censers and frankincense came in
haste to the 5 incense-offering and blew upon it and the smoke of the incense veiled the
firmaments. And the angels fell down and worshipped God, crying aloud and saying, 'JAEL,
Holy One, have pardon, for he is Thy image, and the work of Thy holy hands.'
xxxiv. 1 And I Eve beheld two great and fearful wonders
standing in the presence of God and I wept for 2 fear, and I cried aloud to my son Seth
and said, 'Rise up, Seth, from the body of thy father Adam, and come to me, and thou shalt
see a spectacle which no man's eye hath yet beheld.'
xxxv. 1 Then Seth arose and came to his mother and to her
he saith: 'What is thy trouble? Why 2 weepest thou?' (And) she saith to him , 'Look up and
see with thine eyes the seven heavens opened, and see how the soul of thy father lies on
its face and all the holy angels are praying on his behalf and saying: "Pardon him,
Father 3 of All, for he is Thine image." Pray, my child Seth, what shall this mean?
And will he one day be delivered into the hands of the Invisible 4 Father, even our God?
But who are the two negroes who stand by at the prayers for thy father Adam?'
xxxvi. 1 And Seth telleth his mother, that they are the
sun and moon and themselves fall down and 2 pray on behalf of my father Adam. Eve saith to
him: 'And where is their light and why have 3 they taken on such a black appearance?' And
Seth answereth her, 'The light hath not left them, but they cannot shine before the Light
of the Universe, the Father of Light; and on this account their light hath been hidden
xxxvii. 1 Now while Seth was saying this to his mother,
lo, an angel blew the trumpet, and there stood up all the angels (and they were) lying on
their faces, and they cried aloud in an awful voice and 2 said: 'Blessed (be) the glory of
the Lord from the works of His making, for He hath pitied 3 Adam the creature of His
hands.' But when the angels had said these words, lo, there came one of the seraphim with
six wings and snatched up Adam and carried him off to the Acherusian lake, and washed him
thrice, in the presence of God.
xxxix. 1 And God saith to him: 'Adam, what hast thou
done? If thou hadst kept my commandment, there would now be no rejoicing among those who
are bringing thee down to this place. 2 Yet, I tell thee that I will turn their joy to
grief and thy grief will I turn to joy, and I will transform thee to thy former glory, and
set thee on 3 the throne of thy deceiver. But he shall be cast into this place to see thee
sitting above him, then he shall be condemned and they that heard him, and he shall be
grieved sore when he seeth thee sitting on his honourable throne.'
xxxvii. 4 And he stayed there three hours, lying down,
and thereafter the Father of all, sitting on his holy throne stretched out his hand, and
took Adam and handed him over to the archangel 5 Michael saying: 'Lift him up into
Paradise unto the third Heaven, and leave him there until that fearful day of my
reckoning, which I will make in 6 the world.' Then Michael took Adam and left him where
God told him.
xxxviii. 1 But after all this, the archangel asked
concerning 2 the laying out of the remains. And God commanded that all the angels should
assemble in His presence, each in his order, and all the angels assembled, some having
censers in their 3 hands, and others trumpets. And lo! the 'Lord of Hosts' came on and
four winds drew Him and cherubim mounted on the winds and the angels from heaven escorting
Him and they came on 4 the earth, where was the body of Adam. And they came to paradise
and all the leaves of paradise were stirred so that all men begotten of Adam slept from
the fragrance save Seth alone, because he was born 'according to the appointment 5 of
God'. Then Adam's body lay there in paradise on the earth and Seth grieved exceedingly
xl. 1 Then God spake to the archangel(s) Michael, 2
(Gabriel, Uriel, and Raphael): 'Go away to Paradise in the third heaven, and strew linen
clothes and cover the body of Adam and bring oil of the 'oil of fragrance' and pour it
over him. And they acted thus did the three great angels and they prepared him for burial.
3 And God said: 'Let the body of Abel also be brought.' And they brought other linen
clothes 4 and prepared his (body) also. For he was unburied since the day when Cain his
brother slew him; for wicked Cain took great pains to conceal (him) but could not, for the
earth would not receive him for the body sprang up from the earth and a voice went out of
the earth saying: 'I will not 5 receive a companion body, till the earth which was taken
and fashioned in me cometh to me.' At that time, the angels took it and placed it on 6 a
rock, till Adam his father was buried. And both were buried, according to the commandment
of God, in the spot where God found the dust, and He caused the place to be dug for two. 7
And God sent seven angels to paradise and they brought many fragrant spices and placed
them in the earth, and they took the two bodies and placed them in the spot which they had
digged and builded.
xli.1 And God called and said, 'Adam, Adam.' And the body
answered from the earth and said: 'Here 2 am I, Lord.' And God saith to him: 'I told thee
(that) earth thou art and to earth shalt thou 3 return. Again I promise to thee the
Resurrection; I will raise thee up in the Resurrection with every man, who is of thy
Vita Adae et Evae
xlix. 1 Six days after, Adam died; and Eve perceived that
she would die, (so) she assembled all her sons 2 and daughters, Seth with thirty brothers
and thirty sisters, and Eve said to all: 'Hear me, my children, and I will tell you what
the archangel Michael said to us when I and your father transgressed the command of God. 3
On account of your transgression, Our Lord will bring upon your race the anger of his
judgement, first by water, the second time by fire; by these two, will the Lord judge the
whole human race.
l. 1 But hearken unto me, my children. Make ye then
tables of stone and others of clay, and write 2 on them, all my life and your father's
(all) that ye have heard and seen from us. If by water the Lord judge our race, the tables
of clay will be dissolved and the tables of stone will remain; but if by fire, the tables
of stone will be broken up and the tables of clay will be baked (hard).'
Apocalypse of Moses
xlii.1 After these words, God made a seal and sealed the
tomb, that no one might do anything to him for six days till his rib should return to him.
2 Then the Lord and his angels went to their place. 3 And Eve also, when the six days were
fulfilled, fell asleep. But while she was living, she wept bitterly about Adam's falling
on sleep, for she knew not where he was laid. For when the Lord came to paradise to bury
Adam she was asleep, and her sons too, except Seth, till He bade Adam be prepared for
buria ; and no man knew on 4 earth, except her son Seth. And Eve prayed (in the hour of
her death) that she might be buried in the place where her husband Adam was. And 5 after
she had finished her prayer, she saith: 'Lord, Master, God of all rule, estrange not me
thy handmaid from the body of Adam, for from his 6 members didst thou make me. But deem me
worthy, even me unworthy that I am and a sinner, to enter into his tabernacle, even as I
was with him in paradise, both without separation from 7 each other; just as in our
transgression, we were (both) led astray and transgressed thy command, 8 but were not
separated. Even so, Lord, do not separate us now.' But after she had prayed, she gazed
heaven wards and groaned aloud and smote her breast and said: 'God of All, receive my
spirit,' and straightway she delivered up her spirit to God.
xliii.1 And Michael came and taught Seth how to prepare
Eve for burial. And there came three angels and they buried her (body) where Adam's 2 body
was and Abel's. And thereafter Michael spake to Seth and saith: 'Lay out in this wise
every man that dieth till the day of the Resurrection.' 3 And after giving him this rule;
he saith to him: 'Mourn not beyond six days, but on the seventh day, rest and rejoice on
it, because on that very day; God rejoiceth (yea) and we angels (too) with the righteous
soul, who hath 4 passed away from the earth.' Even thus spake the angel, and ascended into
heaven, glorifying (God) and saying: 'Allelujah.' 5 [Holy, holy, holy is the Lord, in the
glory of God the Father, for to Him it is meet to give glory, honour, and worship, with
the eternal life-giving spirit now and always and for ever. Amen.] [Holy, holy, holy is
the Lord of Hosts. To whom be glory and power for ever and for ever. Amen .] [Then the
archangel Joel glorified God; saying, Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, heaven and earth are full of