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Biblical Materials: Exile And Return

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This chapter examines first the biblical materials used by Apocalypse of Adam (ApocAd) to construct its account of post-diluvial history as foreseen by Adam in the frame-story. Contrasts, rather than similarities to Gnostic treatments of Genesis must repeatedly be pointed out. Having indicated the biblical framework within which ApocAd develops its ideas the chapter then returns to the somewhat complex question as to the nature of those "syncretistic" pressures on the writer-seer who devised it: what was the challenge which pushed him toward a reformulation of the inner meaning of history from its inception, from Adam onward? It must have been in itself something of considerable power and spiritual scope, at least in the eyes of a visionary Jew who sought in the process of understanding it to grasp the special implications for the people of God, as defined by their history and by its record, the Bible.

Keywords:Apocalypse of Adam (ApocAd); biblical materials; Gnostic treatments of Genesis; Jew



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