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Final Conclusions

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This book discusses the part played by Seth in Jewish, Christian and gnostic literature. At the same time, it observes how this affected relationships between Jews, Christians and gnostics. A few conclusions are summarized in this final chapter. One striking aspect of the whole question of Seth is that Jewish Haggadic material was a constant source of ideas for both Christians and gnostics, but it was used quite differently by each of the three groups. The only idea about Seth which is of much wider importance is that his generation represents the righteous throughout the ages. This fundamental idea is present in the Apocalypse of Enoch and was taught by Philo and the Samaritans. Christians only spoke about the books written by Seth in connection with the Magi, who were informed by those books about the coming of Christ. Like the Jews, Christians used Haggadic material for its own sake.

Keywords: Apocalypse of Enoch; Christian literature; gnostic literature; Jewish Haggadic material; Philo; Samaritan; Seth

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