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The Apocryphal Old Testament Collection of the most important non-canonical Old Testament books designed for general use.

Chapter XXXII

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1And after these fragrances, to the north, 1 And after … the north: Gk.a ‘To the north-east’; Aram. ‘And beyond these […], to the north-east of them’. as I looked over the mountains, 2 as I looked … mountains: Gk.a Aram. om. I saw seven mountains 3 Aram. ‘I was shown other mountains’. full of fine hard and fragrant trees 4 fragrant trees: so Eth. (representing here the O.T. ‘aromatic cane’?); Gk.a ‘mastic’; Aram.(?) ‘pepperwort’. and cinnamon 5 Aram. ‘cardamon’. and pepper. 2And from there I went over the summits of those mountains, 6 Gk.a ‘over the beginnings of all these mountains’; Aram. ‘to the east of all these mountains’. far away to the east, 7 D′ Gk.a ‘far away to the east of the earth’; Aram. ‘far from them to the east of the earth’. and I went over the Red Sea and I was far from it, 8 and I was far from it: Gk.a (?) ‘and I went to the outermost ends’, but probably corrupt for ‘and I went far away’; Aram. ‘and I went far from it’. and I went over the angel Zotiel. 9 Gk.a ‘and from this I went over Zotiel’; Aram. ‘and I went over the darkness, far from it’. 3And I came to the Garden of Righteousness, and I saw beyond those trees many large trees 10 beyond those trees … trees: Gk.a ‘from far away more trees than these trees, and large’. growing 11 growing: Gk.a (corrupt) ‘two’. there, sweetsmelling, large, very beautiful and glorious, 12 sweet-smelling … glorious: Gk.a ‘very large, beautiful, and glorious, and magnificent’. and the tree of wisdom 13 Gk.a ‘knowledge’. from which they 14 from which they: Gk.a ‘whose fruit the holy ones’. eat and know great wisdom. 13 Gk.a ‘knowledge’. 4And it is like the carob-tree, 15 Gk.a ‘That tree is like the fir in height, but its leaves are like those of the carob-tree’. and its fruit is like the bunches of grapes on a vine, very beautiful, and the smell of this tree spreads and penetrates afar. 16 Q ‘and the smell of this tree spreads very far’; Gk.a ‘and its smell spreads far from the tree’. 5And 17 Gk.a ‘Then’. I said, This tree is beautiful! How beautiful 18 How beautiful: Q om. and pleasing is its appearance! 19 This tree … its appearance: Gk.a ‘How beautiful the tree is, and how pleasing in appearance!’ 6And 17 Gk.a ‘Then’. the holy angel Raphael, who was with me, answered me and said to me, 20 me and said to me: Gk.a om. This is the tree of wisdom from which your old father and your aged mother, who were before you, ate 21 Gk.a ‘This is the tree of knowledge from which your father ate’ (Gk.a ends here). and learnt wisdom; and their eyes were opened, and they knew that they were naked, and they were driven from the garden.

Notes:

1 And after … the north: Gk.a ‘To the north-east’; Aram. ‘And beyond these […], to the north-east of them’.

2 as I looked … mountains: Gk.a Aram. om.

3 Aram. ‘I was shown other mountains’.

4 fragrant trees: so Eth. (representing here the O.T. ‘aromatic cane’?); Gk.a ‘mastic’; Aram.(?) ‘pepperwort’.

5 Aram. ‘cardamon’.

6 Gk.a ‘over the beginnings of all these mountains’; Aram. ‘to the east of all these mountains’.

7 D′ Gk.a ‘far away to the east of the earth’; Aram. ‘far from them to the east of the earth’.

8 and I was far from it: Gk.a (?) ‘and I went to the outermost ends’, but probably corrupt for ‘and I went far away’; Aram. ‘and I went far from it’.

9 Gk.a ‘and from this I went over Zotiel’; Aram. ‘and I went over the darkness, far from it’.

10 beyond those trees … trees: Gk.a ‘from far away more trees than these trees, and large’.

11 growing: Gk.a (corrupt) ‘two’.

12 sweet-smelling … glorious: Gk.a ‘very large, beautiful, and glorious, and magnificent’.

13 Gk.a ‘knowledge’.

14 from which they: Gk.a ‘whose fruit the holy ones’.

15 Gk.a ‘That tree is like the fir in height, but its leaves are like those of the carob-tree’.

16 Q ‘and the smell of this tree spreads very far’; Gk.a ‘and its smell spreads far from the tree’.

17 Gk.a ‘Then’.

18 How beautiful: Q om.

19 This tree … its appearance: Gk.a ‘How beautiful the tree is, and how pleasing in appearance!’

20 me and said to me: Gk.a om.

21 Gk.a ‘This is the tree of knowledge from which your father ate’ (Gk.a ends here).

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