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

Chapter XLII

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1For, I tell you, you can never have it, except in the last days. 2When five thousand five hundred years have been completed, then will come upon earth the most beloved King, Christ, the Son of God, to revive the body of Adam, and to revive the bodies of the dead with him. 3He himself, the Son of God, will be baptized at his coming in the River Jordan; and when he comes out of the water of Jordan, then will he anoint with the oil of mercy all that believe in him. 4And the oil of mercy will be given generation after generation to those who are ready to be born again to life eternal by water and the Holy Spirit. 5Then, when the most beloved Son of God, Christ, descends to earth, he will take your father Adam into Paradise and lead him to the tree of mercy. 1 Michael's speech up to here (i.e. xli.2–xlii.5) is almost verbally identical with his speech as given in the Latin ‘A’ recension of the Acts of Pilate (Gospel of Nicodemus) xix, where, at Adam's request, Seth recounts the incident to his ‘sons the patriarchs and prophets’ in Hell. The Greek and the Latin ‘B’ recensions of the Acts also include the speech, but in slightly different forms. Neither the Greek nor either of the Latin recensions, however, has the concluding verse in the Life (i.e. xliii. 1). See M. R. James, The Apocryphal New Testament (Oxford, 1924), pp. 126–8.

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1 Michael's speech up to here (i.e. xli.2–xlii.5) is almost verbally identical with his speech as given in the Latin ‘A’ recension of the Acts of Pilate (Gospel of Nicodemus) xix, where, at Adam's request, Seth recounts the incident to his ‘sons the patriarchs and prophets’ in Hell. The Greek and the Latin ‘B’ recensions of the Acts also include the speech, but in slightly different forms. Neither the Greek nor either of the Latin recensions, however, has the concluding verse in the Life (i.e. xliii. 1). See M. R. James, The Apocryphal New Testament (Oxford, 1924), pp. 126–8.

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