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First Book of Adam and Eve

First Book of Adam and Eve

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 THE FIRST BOOK OF
ADAM & EVE
PROLOGUE
The First Book of Adam and Eve details the life and times of Adamand Eve after they were expelled from the garden to the time that Cain kills his brother Abel. It tells of Adam and Eve's first dwelling- the Cave of Treasures; their trials and temptations; Satan's many apparitions to them; the birth of Cain, Abel, and their twin sisters;and Cain's love for his beautiful twin sister, Luluwa, whom Adamand Eve wished to join to Abel. This book is considered by many scholars to be part of the "Pseudepigrapha" (soo-duh-pig-ruh-fuh).The "Pseudepigrapha" is a collection of historical biblical worksthat are considered to be fiction. Because of that stigma, this book was not included in the compilation of the Holy Bible. This book isa written history of what happened in the days of Adam and Eveafter they were cast out of the garden. Although considered to be pseudepigraphic by some, it carries significant meaning aninsight into events of that time. It is doubtful that these writingscould have survived all the many centuries if there were nosubstance to them. This book is simply a version of an account handed down by word of mouth, from generation to generation,linking the time that the first human life was created to the timewhen somebody finally decided to write it down. This particular version is the work of unknown Egyptians. The lack of historicalallusion makes it difficult to precisely date the writing, however,using other pseudepigraphical works as a reference, it was probably written a few hundred years before the birth of Christ.Parts of this version are found in the Jewish Talmud, and theIslamic Koran, showing what a vital role it played in the originalliterature of human wisdom. The Egyptian author wrote in Arabic,but later translations were found written in Ethiopic. The present English translation was translated in the late 1800's by Dr. S. C.Malan and Dr. E. Trumpp. They translated into King James Englishfrom both the Arabic version and the Ethiopic version which wasthen published in The Forgotten Books of Eden in 1927 by TheWorld Publishing Company. In 1995, the text was extracted from acopy of The Forgotten Books of Eden and converted to electronicform by Dennis Hawkins. It was then translated into more modernEnglish by simply exchanging 'Thou' s for 'You's, 'Art's for 'Are's,and so forth. The text was then carefully re-read to ensure itsintegrity.
CHAPTER I
The crystal sea, Gocommands Adam, expelled from Eden, to live in the Cave
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of Treasures.
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On the third day, Godplanted the garden in theeast of the earth, on theborder of the world eastward,beyond which, towards thesun-rising, one finds nothingbut water, that encompassesthe whole world, and reachesto the borders of heaven.
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And to the north of thegarden there is a sea owater, clear and pure to thetaste, unlike anything else; sothat, through the clearnessthereof, one may look into thedepths of the earth.
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And when a man washeshimself in it, he becomesclean of the cleannessthereof, and white of itswhiteness — even if he weredark.
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And God created that seaof his own good pleasure, forHe knew what would come of the man He would make; sothat after he had left thegarden, on account of histransgression, men should beborn in the earth. Amongthem are righteous ones whowill die, whose souls Godwould raise at the last day;when all of them will return totheir flesh, bathe in the waterof that sea, and repent otheir sins.
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But when God made Adamgo out of the garden, He didnot place him on the borderof it northward. This was sothat he and Eve would not beable to go near to the sea of water where they could washthemselves in it, be cleansedfrom their sins, erase thetransgression they hadcommitted, and be no longerreminded of it in the thoughtof their punishment.
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As to the southern side of the garden, God did not wantAdam to live there either;because, when the wind blewfrom the north, it would bringhim, on that southern side,the delicious smell of thetrees of the garden.
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Wherefore God did not putAdam there. This was so thathe would not be able to smellthe sweet smell of thosetrees, forget histransgression, and findconsolation for what he haddone by taking delight in thesmell of the trees and yet notbe cleansed from histransgression.
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Again, also, because God ismerciful and of great pity,and governs all things in away that He alone knows He made our father Adam livein the western border of thegarden, because on that sidethe earth is very broad.
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And God commanded himto live there in a cave in arock — the Cave of Treasuresbelow the garden.CHAPTER II
 Adam and Eve faint whenthey leave the Garden. Gosends His Word to encouragethem.
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But when our father Adam,and Eve, went out of thegarden, they walked theground on their feet, not
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knowing they were walking.
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And when they came to theopening of the gate of thegarden, and saw the broadearth spread before them,covered with stones large andsmall, and with sand, theyfeared and trembled, and fellon their faces, from the fearthat came over them; andthey were as dead.
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Because whereas untilthis time they had been in thegarden land, beautifullyplanted with all manner of trees they now sawthemselves, in a strange land,which they knew not, and hadnever seen.
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And because, when theywere in the garden they werefilled with the grace of abright nature, and they hadnot hearts turned towardearthly things.
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Therefore God had pity onthem; and when He saw themfallen before the gate of thegarden, He sent His Word toour father, Adam and Eve,and raised them from theirfallen state.CHAPTER III
Concerning the promise of the great five and a haldays.
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God said to Adam, "I haveordained on this earth daysand years, and you and yourdescendants shall live andwalk in them, until the daysand years are fulfilled; when Ishall send the Word thatcreated you, and againstwhich you have transgressed,the Word that made you comeout of the garden, and thatraised you when you werefallen.
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Yes, the Word that willagain save you when the fiveand a half days are fulfilled."
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But when Adam heardthese words from God, and of the great five and a half days,he did not understand themeaning of them.
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For Adam was thinkingthere would be only five anda half days for him until theend of the world.
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And Adam cried, andprayed to God to explain it tohim.
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Then God in his mercy forAdam who was made after Hisown image and likeness,explained to him, that thesewere 5,000 and 500 years;and how One would thencome and save him and hisdescendants.
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But before that, God hadmade this covenant with ourfather, Adam, in the sameterms, before he came out of the garden, when he was bythe tree where Eve took of the fruit and gave it to him toeat.
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Because, when our fatherAdam came out of the garden,he passed by that tree, andsaw how God had changedthe appearance of it intoanother form, and how itshriveled.
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And as Adam went to it hefeared, trembled and felldown; but God in His mercylifted him up, and then made
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