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Books of Adam
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A modern title for a loose collection of nonbiblical, pseudepigraphal, Jewish, and gnostic documents which expound upon the biblical narrative of Adam and Eve (Gen 1–4). A list of pseudepigraphal books offering fictional details from the lives of Adam and Eve, grouped together only by their common theme. The books grouped among the “Books of Adam” include:Life of Adam and Eve (Vita Adae et Evae), the Latin version of the Greek Apocalypse of MosesTestament of AdamApocalypse of AdamConflict of Adam and EveBooks of the Daughters of Adam, another name for the book of JubileesThe likely gnostic Apocalypse of Adam is sometimes mentioned in connection with the other books about Adam but is not related thematically to the others. The Apocalypse of Adam and the Testament of Adam may rely on a common lost Jewish source, but this is disputed.(For further details on the pseudepigrapha, see this article: Pseudepigrapha, Old Testament. For information on the process of canonization, see these articles: Canon, Old Testament; Canon, New Testament. For further details on Gnosticism and why it was deemed heretical by the early church fathers, see this article: Gnosticism.)Carrie Sinclair Wolcott
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Books of Adam
Adam, Books of A modern title for a loose collection of nonbiblical, pseudepigraphal, Jewish, and gnostic documents which expound upon the biblical narrative of Adam and Eve (Gen 1–4). A list of pseudepigraphal books offering fictional details from the lives of Adam and Eve, grouped together only by
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Adam, Books of (Writing)
Adam, Books of Books pretending to give the life and deeds of Adam and other OT worthies existed in abundance among the Jews and the early Christians. The Talmud speaks of a Book of Adam, which is now lost, but which probably furnished some material that appears in early Christian writings.See Apocrypha;
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Adam, Books Of
Adam, Books ofVarious pseudepigraphal, rabbinic, and gnostic documents which expound upon the biblical narrative of Adam and Eve (Gen. 1–4). Of the many books attributed to Adam, the most important and probably the oldest are the Greek Apocalypse of Moses and the Latin Life of Adam and Eve. These documents
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Adam, Books of (Writing)
Adam, Books of. †Various pseudepigraphal books concerning the lives of Adam, Eve, Seth, and other Old Testament figures date to the early centuries of the Christian era. Most significant are the so-called Apocalypse of Moses, a Greek text which concerns events following the expulsion of Adam and Eve
Dictionary of New Testament Background
Adam, Literature Concerning
ADAM AND EVE, LITERATURE CONCERNINGDiverse literary corpora attest to the significance of Adam and Eve for both Christians and Jews during the Greco-Roman era. These corpora include the NT, early Jewish literature that contains references and allusions to Genesis 1–3 and ancient books that focus on
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ADAM, BOOKS OF (Writing)
ADAM, BOOKS OFBooks pretending to give the life and deeds of Adam and other Old Testament worthies existed in abundance among the Jews and the early Christians. The Talmud speaks of a Book of Adam, which is now lost, but which probably furnished some of the material which appears in early Christian