The Apocryphal Old Testament

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us and what you have seen yourselves. If the Lord judges our race by2
water, the clay tablets will become mud,1 but the stone ones will be preserved; but if he judges our race by fire, then the stone tablets
will be shattered,1 but the clay ones baked hard. When Eve had said3
this to her children, she spread out her hands to heaven in prayer, and bent her knees to the earth; and while she was worshipping the Lord and giving him thanks she breathed her last. And afterwards all her children buried her with loud lamentation.

LI. When they had been mourning four days the archangel

Michael appeared and said to Seth, Man of God, never mourn for2
your dead more than six days, because on the seventh day is the sign of the resurrection and the rest of the age to come, for on the
seventh day the Lord rested from all his works. Then Seth made3
the tablets.1


[As noted above (p. 142, n. 6) this account corresponds to the short speech of Eve to 'all her sons and daughters' in Life xlix. 1-1.2, though it differs in that (1) it is placed in the Apocalypse bfore and not after the death of Adam, and (2) it is very much more elaborate. In fact, it incorporates the only considerable body of matter contained in the Apocalypse that is not also contained in some form in the Life. It is printed partly for this reason, and partly on account of its intrinsic interest.]

Lit. 'will be dissolved'.
Some MSS add an account of how these tablets survived the Flood, but no one could read them: Solomon, however, had the secret of the script revealed to him by the same angel who had 'held the hand' of Seth when he wrote them. The account concludes by stating that 'on these stones was found what Enoch, the seventh from Adam, had prophesied before the Flood about the advent of Christ'; and then follows the well-known passage from 1 Enoch i. 9, quoted at Jude 14 and 15. Still other MSS have further additions, including information about the materials out of which Adam's body was made and the statement that he was fashioned 'in that place in which Jesus was born, that is to say in Bethlehem, which is in the middle of the world'.


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