SLAVONIC VITA ADAE ET EVAE
From-The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old
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
xxxi 1 And for fifteen days continuously we entreated. Then we heard
Michael the archangel and Joel
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
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
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.'
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
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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