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

Chapter XLIV

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1And when Seth and his mother reached Adam, they told him how the serpent-beast had bitten Seth. 2And Adam said to Eve, What is it that you did? A great plague have you brought on us – transgression and sin for all our generations. 3After my death tell your children what you did; 1 The Apocalypse of Moses puts this charge of Adam to Eve in the form of a command to summon their children and grandchildren immediately and, when assembled in a group round Adam's deathbed, to ‘tell them the manner of our transgression’. The Apocalypse then continues with Eve's account of the fall (chaps, xv–xxx), which thus precedes Adam's death. It consequently lacks Eve's speech in Life xlix. 1–1.2, which accords with Adam's instructions here to Eve to tell her story after his death. The account of the Fall in the Apocalypse will be found printed in full as an Appendix (pp. 161–67, below). for our descendants 2 Lit. ‘those who arise from us’. will toil and not 4make a living, they will be in want and curse us and say, Our first parents brought all these evils on us. 5 And when Eve heard what he said, she began to weep and moan.

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1 The Apocalypse of Moses puts this charge of Adam to Eve in the form of a command to summon their children and grandchildren immediately and, when assembled in a group round Adam's deathbed, to ‘tell them the manner of our transgression’. The Apocalypse then continues with Eve's account of the fall (chaps, xv–xxx), which thus precedes Adam's death. It consequently lacks Eve's speech in Life xlix. 1–1.2, which accords with Adam's instructions here to Eve to tell her story after his death. The account of the Fall in the Apocalypse will be found printed in full as an Appendix (pp. 161–67, below).

2 Lit. ‘those who arise from us’.

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