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Apocalypse of Adam
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A noncanonical, likely gnostic text discovered in Nag Hammadi Codex V, preserved in the Sahidic dialect of Coptic and dated to the first through fourth centuries ad. The text presents Adam, as a pseudonymous narrator, conveying hidden knowledge to his son, Seth, concerning the origin of man and deception; judgment through water and fire; and salvation through knowledge. This work was never widely authoritative in the early church period.
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Apocalypse of Adam
Apocalypse of Adam A noncanonical, likely gnostic text discovered in Nag Hammadi Codex V, preserved in the Sahidic dialect of Coptic and dated to the first through fourth centuries ad. The text presents Adam, as a pseudonymous narrator, conveying hidden knowledge to his son, Seth, concerning the origin
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Adam, Apocalypse of
ADAM, APOCALYPSE OF (NHC V,5). A Jewish-gnostic document found in the Nag Hammadi Library, a collection of papyrus manuscripts discovered in Upper Egypt in 1946. The Apocalypse of Adam (Apoc. Adam) purports to be a revelatory discourse that Adam delivered to his son Seth which was preserved for Seth’s
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Adam, Apocalypse of (Writing)
Adam, Apocalypse of. A Jewish-Gnostic document preserved in the Nag Hammadi Library (NHC V, 5). While the Coptic codex itself is dated a.d. 350–400, the original Greek work may have been composed two or three centuries earlier. It begins with the statement, “The revelation that Adam taught his son Seth
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
ADAM, APOCALYPSE OF
ADAM, APOCALYPSE OF. The fifth tractate in a codex from the mid-4th cent. that contains Coptic translations of Gnostic texts. Originally composed in Greek in the late 2nd or early 3rd cent. ce, this work was unknown until the Nag Hammadi discovery. The text claims to be a revelation that Adam gave to