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The Forgotten Books of Eden

The Forgotten Books of Eden

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 The Forgotten Books of Eden, by Rutherford H. Platt, Jr., [1926], at sacred-texts.com THE FORGOTTEN BOOKS OF EDEN edited by Rutherford H. Platt, Jr. New York, N.Y.; Alpha House [1926] Scanned, proofed and formatted at sacred-texts.com, April 2004, by John Bruno Hare. This text is in the public domain in the US because its copyright was not renewed in a timely fashion. The Forgotten Books of Eden, by Rutherford H. Platt, Jr., [1926], at sacred-texts.com THE ORDER OF ALL THE BOOKS OF THE FORGOTTENBOOKS OF EDENPageThe First Book of Adam and Eve <page 3>The Second Book of Adam and Eve <page 60>The Secrets of Enoch <page 81>The Psalms of Solomon <page 105>The Odes of Solomon <page 120>The Letter of Aristeas <page 140>The Fourth Book of Maccabees <page 177>The Story of Ahikar <page 198>The Testament of Reuben <page 220>Simeon <page 224>Levi <page 226>
 
Judah <page 233>Issachar <page 241>Zebulun <page 244>Dan <page 247>Naphtali <page 250>Gad <page 254>Asher <page 257>Joseph <page 259>Benjamin <page 266>The Forgotten Books of Eden, by Rutherford H. Platt, Jr., [1926], at sacred-texts.com ILLUSTRATIONSFacsimile of Actual Page of Original Gutenberg Bible Facing <page 70>The First Sunrise Facing <page 70>Ahikar Answers Pharaoh's Riddle Facing <page 144>Judah Reveals the Story of His Life Facing <page 144>Joseph's Predicament Facing <page 210>The Forgotten Books of Eden, by Rutherford H. Platt, Jr., [1926], at sacred-texts.com[p. ix] PREFACETODAY the medley of outward life has made a perplexity of inward life. We moderns have ruffled our old incertitudes to an absurd point--incertitudes that are older than theology.Not without justification have priests mounted altars for generations and cried,"Oh my soul, why dost thou trouble me?"We are active, restless both in body and mind. Curiosity has replaced blind faith. We go groping, peering, searching, scornful of dogmas, back, further back tosources. And just as the physicist thrills at the universes he discovers as he works inward in the quest of his electrons, so the average man exults in his apprehension of fundamentals of psychology. New cults spring up, attesting to the Truth--as they see it--countless fleets of Theism, Buchmanism, Theosophy, Bahai'ism, etc., sail under brightly colored flags; and Atheism is flaunting itself on the horizon.Almost the passengers have turned pilots. Everyman is thinking for himself.The findings here--in this strange volume--bring the reader into a large inlandsea, cut off from the traffic and the tempest that have sprung up in the West; a
 
nd untouched by the crosscurrents of dogmas and presumptions that have clutteredhistoric centuries. Here is virgin water that gushes, troubled by abysmal forces only, out of the very earth itself.Whence are these writings--these emotions--these profound pages of wisdom? You might as well inquire, whence is human nature? The fact is--they are. It isn't asthough you can compare this literature with any other, as you might compare theFrench Romanticists with the Russian school. If you do so, this man may say itis too fantastic; that man, it is too coarse; the other man, it is too "out of date"! And they straightway lose all sight of the fact that it is simply fundamental.To be sure scholars will argue, and inquire. They would[p. x]find the exact history; the shape of this or that Greek stem; they would set theopinion of this erudite authority against the opinion of that. It is right thatthey, as scholars, should do so. It is right that the average man who is not ascholar should also do so-if he wants to; and should not have to do so, if he does not want to.It is, however, only just to pay a tribute to scholarship which has preceded andmade possible this book. The publishers are indispensably indebted to The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha edited by R. H. Charles, D. Litt., D. D.; The Odes and Psalms of Solomon by Dr. Rendel Harris; The Book of Adam and Eve by the Rev. S. C. Malan, D. D., published in England in 1882.* * * *It is appropriate to leave this book in your hands with the invocation of San Peladan, which Conrad has translated for us. San Pelandan believed in astrology, spirits of the air, elves, nymphs and everything that is deliciously fantastic. However, he did say:"O Nature, indulgent Mother, forgive! Open your arms to the son, prodigal and weary."I have attempted to tear asunder the veil you have hung to conceal from us thepain of life, and I have been wounded by the mystery. . . . Oedipus, half way tofinding the word of the enigma, young Faust, regretting already the simple life, the life of the heart, I come back to you repentant, reconciled, O gentle deceiver!"* * * *Adam and Eve; Solomon; Pharaoh; Aristeas; Ahikar; and the Twelve Intellectual Giants--we come back to you.R. H. P. JR.New York, August I, 1927. The Forgotten Books of Eden, by Rutherford H. Platt, Jr., [1926], at sacred-texts.com[p. xi] 

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