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The Adam Tradition

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This part first seeks to investigate the Adamic polemics in 2Enoch, one of the most important polemical developments taking place in the Slavonic apocalypse; this polemical development, unfortunately, completely escaped Bottrich’s attention. By this investigation it demonstrates that the polemics permeate the whole text and that without consideration of them any research on 2Enoch ends inevitably in a blind alley. The part then explores some of Pseudo-Macarius’ concepts which in our opinion play a formative role in the transition from outer to inner in the transformational visions of Eastern Christian tradition. Finally, it demonstrates a number of intriguing parallels between the theme of the garden in 3 Baruch 4 and similar traditions associated with the materials of the Book of Giants.In both accounts, the garden is depicted as the place of the primordial heavenly rebellion involving angelic being(s).

Keywords: 2Enoch; 3 Baruch; Adamic polemics; Book of Giants; Eastern Christian tradition; Garden of Eden; Pseudo-Macarius; Slavonic apocalypse; transformational visions



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