The First Book of Adam and Eve
The crystal sea, God commands Adam, expelled from Eden, to live in
the Cave of Treasures.
1 On the third day, God planted the
garden in the east of the earth, on the border of the world eastward, beyond
which, towards the sun-rising, one finds nothing but water, that encompasses the
whole world, and reaches to the borders of heaven.Chapter II
2 And to the north of
the garden there is a sea of water, clear and pure to the taste, unlike anything
else; so that, through the clearness thereof, one may look into the depths of
3 And when a man washes himself in it, he becomes clean of the
cleanness thereof, and white of its whiteness -- even if he were dark.
And God created that sea of his own good pleasure, for He knew what would come
of the man He would make; so that after he had left the garden, on account of
his transgression, men should be born in the earth. Among them are righteous
ones who will die, whose souls God would raise at the last day; when all of them
will return to their flesh, bathe in the water of that sea, and repent of their
5 But when God made Adam go out of the garden, He did not place him
on the border of it northward. This was so that he and Eve would not be able to
go near to the sea of water where they could wash themselves in it, be cleansed
from their sins, erase the transgression they had committed, and be no longer
reminded of it in the thought of their punishment.
6 As to the southern
side of the garden, God did not want Adam to live there either; because, when
the wind blew from the north, it would bring him, on that southern side, the
delicious smell of the trees of the garden.
7 Wherefore God did not put
Adam there. This was so that he would not be able to smell the sweet smell of
those trees, forget his transgression, and find consolation for what he had done
by taking delight in the smell of the trees and yet not be cleansed from his
8 Again, also, because God is merciful and of great pity,
and governs all things in a way that He alone knows -- He made our father Adam
live in the western border of the garden, because on that side the earth is very
9 And God commanded him to live there in a cave in a rock -- the
Cave of Treasures below the garden.
Adam and Eve faint when they leave the Garden. God sends His Word
to encourage them.
1 But when our father Adam, and Eve,
went out of the garden, they walked the ground on their feet, not knowing they
were walking.Chapter III
2 And when they came to the opening of the gate of the
garden, and saw the broad earth spread before them, covered with stones large
and small, and with sand, they feared and trembled, and fell on their faces,
from the fear that came over them; and they were as dead.
3 Because --
whereas until this time they had been in the garden land, beautifully planted
with all manner of trees -- they now saw themselves, in a strange land, which
they knew not, and had never seen.
4 And because, when they were in the
garden they were filled with the grace of a bright nature, and they had not
hearts turned toward earthly things.
5 Therefore God had pity on them;
and when He saw them fallen before the gate of the garden, He sent His Word to
our father, Adam and Eve, and raised them from their fallen state.
Concerning the promise of the great five and a half
1 God said to Adam, "I have ordained
on this earth days and years, and you and your descendants shall live and walk
in them, until the days and years are fulfilled; when I shall send the Word that
created you, and against which you have transgressed, the Word that made you
come out of the garden, and that raised you when you were fallen.Chapter IV
the Word that will again save you when the five and a half days are
3 But when Adam heard these words from God, and of the great
five and a half days, he did not understand the meaning of them.
Adam was thinking there would be only five and a half days for him until the end
of the world.
5 And Adam cried, and prayed to God to explain it to
6 Then God in his mercy for Adam who was made after His own image
and likeness, explained to him, that these were 5,000 and 500 years; and how One
would then come and save him and his descendants.
7 But before that, God
had made this covenant with our father, Adam, in the same terms, before he came
out of the garden, when he was by the tree where Eve took of the fruit and gave
it to him to eat.
8 Because, when our father Adam came out of the garden,
he passed by that tree, and saw how God had changed the appearance of it into
another form, and how it shriveled.
9 And as Adam went to it he feared,
trembled and fell down; but God in His mercy lifted him up, and then made this
covenant with him.
10 And again, when Adam was by the gate of the garden,
and saw the cherub with a sword of flashing fire in his hand, and the cherub
grew angry and frowned at him, both Adam and Eve became afraid of him, and
thought he meant to put them to death. So they fell on their faces, trembled
11 But he had pity on them, and showed them mercy; and turning
from them went up to heaven, and prayed to the Lord, and said; --
"Lord, You sent me to watch at the gate of the garden, with a sword of
13 But when Your servants, Adam and Eve, saw me, they fell on their
faces, and were as dead. O my Lord, what shall we do to Your
14 Then God had pity on them, and showed them mercy, and sent
His Angel to keep the garden.
15 And the Word of the Lord came to Adam
and Eve, and raised them up.
16 And the Lord said to Adam, "I told you
that at the end of the five and a half days, I will send my Word and save
17 Strengthen your heart, therefore, and stay in the Cave of
Treasures, of which I have before spoken to you."
18 And when Adam heard
this Word from God, he was comforted with that which God had told him. For He
had told him how He would save him.
Adam mourns over the changed conditions. Adam and Eve enter the
Cave of Treasures.
1 But Adam and Eve cried for having
come out of the garden, their first home.Chapter V
2 And indeed, when Adam looked
at his flesh, that was altered, he cried bitterly, he and Eve, over what they
had done. And they walked and went gently down into the Cave of
3 And as they came to it, Adam cried over himself and said to
Eve, "Look at this cave that is to be our prison in this world, and a place of
4 What is it compared with the garden? What is its narrowness
compared with the space of the other?
5 What is this rock, by the side of
those groves? What is the gloom of this cavern, compared with the light of the
6 What is this overhanging ledge of rock to shelter us, compared
with the mercy of the Lord that overshadowed us?
7 What is the soil of
this cave compared with the garden land? This earth, strewed with stones; and
that, planted with delicious fruit trees?"
8 And Adam said to Eve, "Look
at your eyes, and at mine, which before beheld angels praising in heaven; and
they too, without ceasing.
9 But now we do not see as we did; our eyes
have become of flesh; they cannot see like they used to see before."
Adam said again to Eve, "What is our body today, compared to what it was in
former days, when we lived in the garden?"
11 After this, Adam did not
want to enter the cave, under the overhanging rock; nor would he ever want to
12 But he bowed to God's orders; and said to himself, "Unless I
enter the cave, I shall again be a transgressor."
Eve makes a noble and emotional intercession, taking the blame on
1 Then Adam and Eve entered the
cave, and stood praying, in their own tongue, unknown to us, but which they knew
2 And as they prayed, Adam raised his eyes and saw the rock and the
roof of the cave that covered him overhead. This prevented him from seeing
either heaven or God's creatures. So he cried and beat his chest hard, until he
dropped, and was as dead.
3 And Eve sat crying; for she believed he was
4 Then she got up, spread her hands toward God, appealing to Him
for mercy and pity, and said, "O God, forgive me my sin, the sin which I
committed, and don't remember it against me.
5 For I alone caused Your
servant to fall from the garden into this condemned land; from light into this
darkness; and from the house of joy into this prison.
6 O God, look at
this Your servant fallen in this manner, and bring him back to life, that he may
cry and repent of his transgression which he committed through me.
Don't take away his soul right now; but let him live that he may stand after the
measure of his repentance, and do Your will, as before his death.
if You do not bring him back to life, then, O God, take away my own soul, that I
be like him, and leave me not in this dungeon, one and alone; for I could not
stand alone in this world, but with him only.
9 For You, O God, caused
him to fall asleep, and took a bone from his side, and restored the flesh in the
place of it, by Your divine power.
10 And You took me, the bone, and make
me a woman, bright like him, with heart, reason, and speech; and in flesh, like
to his own; and You made me after the likeness of his looks, by Your mercy and
11 O Lord, I and he are one, and You, O God, are our Creator, You
are He who made us both in one day.
12 Therefore, O God, give him life,
that he may be with me in this strange land, while we live in it on account of
13 But if You will not give him life, then take me,
even me, like him; that we both may die the same day."
14 And Eve cried
bitterly, and fell on our father Adam; from her great sorrow.
God's reprimand to Adam and Eve in which he points out how and why
1 But God looked at them; for they
had killed themselves through great grief.Chapter VII
2 But He decided to raise them
and comfort them.
3 He, therefore, sent His Word to them; that they
should stand and be raised immediately.
4 And the Lord said to Adam and
Eve, "You transgressed of your own free will, until you came out of the garden
in which I had placed you.
5 Of your own free will have you transgressed
through your desire for divinity, greatness, and an exalted state, such as I
have; so that I deprived you of the bright nature in which you then were, and I
made you come out of the garden to this land, rough and full of
6 If only you had not transgressed My commandment and had kept
My law, and had not eaten of the fruit of the tree which I told you not to come
near! And there were fruit trees in the garden better than that one.
But the wicked Satan did not keep his faith and had no good intent towards Me,
that although I had created him, he considered Me to be useless, and sought the
Godhead for himself; for this I hurled him down from heaven so that he could not
remain in his first estate -- it was he who made the tree appear pleasant in
your eyes, until you ate of it, by believing his words.
8 Thus have you
transgressed My commandment, and therefore I have brought on you all these
9 For I am God the Creator, who, when I created My creatures,
did not intend to destroy them. But after they had sorely roused My anger, I
punished them with grievous plagues, until they repent.
10 But, if on the
contrary, they still continue hardened in their transgression, they shall be
under a curse forever."
The beasts are appeased.
1 When Adam and Eve heard these
words from God, they cried and sobbed yet more; but they strengthened their
hearts in God, because they now felt that the Lord was to them like a father and
a mother; and for this very reason, they cried before Him, and sought mercy from
2 Then God had pity on them, and said: "O Adam, I have made My
covenant with you, and I will not turn from it; neither will I let you return to
the garden, until My covenant of the great five and a half days is
3 Then Adam said to God, "O Lord, You created us, and made us
fit to be in the garden; and before I transgressed, You made all beasts come to
me, that I should name them.
4 Your grace was then on me; and I named
every one according to Your mind; and you made them all subject to me.
But now, O Lord God, that I have transgressed Your commandment, all beasts will
rise against me and will devour me, and Eve Your handmaid; and will cut off our
life from the face of the earth.
6 I therefore beg you, O God, that since
You have made us come out of the garden, and have made us be in a strange land,
You will not let the beasts hurt us."
7 When the Lord heard these words
from Adam, He had pity on him, and felt that he had truly said that the beasts
of the field would rise and devour him and Eve, because He, the Lord, was angry
with the two of them on account of their transgressions.
8 Then God
commanded the beasts, and the birds, and all that moves on the earth, to come to
Adam and to be familiar with him, and not to trouble him and Eve; nor yet any of
the good and righteous among their offspring.
9 Then all the beasts paid
homage to Adam, according to the commandment of God; except the serpent, against
which God was angry. It did not come to Adam, with the beasts.
The "Bright Nature" of man is taken away.
1 Then Adam cried and said, "O God,
when we lived in the garden, and our hearts were lifted up, we saw the angels
that sang praises in heaven, but now we can't see like we used to; no, when we
entered the cave, all creation became hidden from us."Chapter IX
2 Then God the
Lord said to Adam, "When you were under subjection to Me, you had a bright
nature within you, and for that reason could you see things far away. But after
your transgression your bright nature was withdrawn from you; and it was not
left to you to see things far away, but only near at hand; after the ability of
the flesh; for it is brutish."
3 When Adam and Eve had heard these words
from God, they went their way; praising and worshipping Him with a sorrowful
4 And God ceased to commune with them.
Water from the Tree of Life. Adam and Eve near
1 Then Adam and Eve came out of the
Cave of Treasures, and went near to the garden gate, and there they stood to
look at it, and cried for having come away from it.Next
2 And Adam and Eve
went from before the gate of the garden to the southern side of it, and found
there the water that watered the garden, from the root of the Tree of Life, and
that split itself from there into four rivers over the earth.
3 Then they
came and went near to that water, and looked at it; and saw that it was the
water that came forth from under the root of the Tree of Life in the
4 And Adam cried and wailed, and beat his chest, for being
severed from the garden; and said to Eve: --
5 "Why have you brought on
me, on yourself, and on our descendants, so many of these plagues and
6 And Eve said to him, "What is it you have seen that has
caused you to cry and to speak to me in this manner?"
7 And he said to
Eve, "Do you not see this water that was with us in the garden, that watered the
trees of the garden, and flowed out from there?
8 And we, when we were in
the garden, did not care about it; but since we came to this strange land, we
love it, and turn it to use for our body."
9 But when Eve heard these
words from him, she cried; and from the soreness of their crying, they fell into
that water; and would have put an end to themselves in it, so as never again to
return and behold the creation; for when they looked at the work of creation,
they felt they must put an end to themselves.
Contents / Prologue
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3 / Part 4
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