SLAVONIC VITA ADAE ET EVAEFrom-The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament
Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1913
xxviii 1 And we sat together before the gate of paradise, Adam weeping with his face bent down
to the earth, lay on the ground lamenting. And seven days passed by and we had nothing
xxxix 1 And I said to Adam: 'Rise up! my lord, that we may seek us food; for now my spirit
faileth me and my heart within me is brought low.' Then Adam spake to me: 'I have thoughts of
xxx 1 And Adam arose and we roamed through all lands and found nothing to eat save nettles
(and) grass of the field. And we returned again to the gates of paradise and cried aloud and
entreated: 'Have compassion on thy creature.
xxxi 1 And for fifteen days continuously we entreated. Then we heard Michael the archangel and
xxxii 1 The archangel Joel said to Adam: 'Thus saith the Lord; I did not create thy wife to
command thee, but to obey; why art thou obedient to thy wife?' Again Joel the archangcl bade
Adam separate the cattle and all kinds of flying and creeping things and animals, both wild and
tame; and to give names to all things. Then indeed
xxxiii 1 Then the devil approached and stood before the oxen, and hindered Adam in tilling the
field and said to Adam: 'Mine are the things of
xxxiv 1 The devil said: 'I do not suffer thee to till the field, except thou write the bond that thou
art mine.' Adam replied: 'Whosoever is lord of
xxxv 1 Eve said to Adam, 'Rise up, my lord, let us pray to God in this cause that He set us free from that devil, for thou art in this strait on my account.'
But Adam said: 'Eve, since thou repentest of
xxxvi 1 And Adam said to me: 'Haste thee to the river, named Tigris, and take a great stone and
place it under thy feet, and enter into the stream and clothe thyself with water, as with a cloak, up
to the neck, and pray to God in thy heart and let no word proceed out of thy mouth.' And
xxxvii 1And there, the angels came together and all living creatures, wild and tame, and all birds that fly, (and) they surrounded Adam, like a wall, praying to God for Adam.
xxxviii 1 The devil came to me, wearing the form and brightness of an angel, and shedding big
teardrops, (and) said to me: 'Come out of the water,
xxxix 1 But I (Eve) perceived that he was the devil and answered him nothing. But Adam (when)
he returned from Jordan, saw the devil's footprints, and feared lest perchance he had deceived me;
but when he had remarked me standing in the water he was overcome with joy (and) he took
xl 1 Then Adam cried out with a loud voice: 'Be silent, Eve, for already is my spirit straitened in my body; arise, go forth, utter prayers to God, till I deliver up my spirit to God.'
(Passage follows exactly parallel to Apocalypsis Mosis xxxii. seq., but in abbreviated form.)
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