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From Creation to Noah in the Second Dream-Vision of the Ethiopic Henoch

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This chapter reviews two dream-visions of which the first one (lxxxiii-lxxxiv) deals with the flood and the second (lxxxv-xc) gives an historical survey from the creation of the world until the coming of the Messiah. It shows that Cain and Abel are supposed to be children of Eve, but not of Adam. The chapter also presents the idea that Cain is the son of Sammael but that Abel is Adam's son. The dream-vision refers to Cain's wife of whose origin nothing is said. At the beginning they lived separated from the Cainites but some of them mingled with the Cainites. These and their offspring were destroyed in the flood. Only some of the Sethites, like Noah, kept their purity. The chapter concludes that 1 Henoch in this part shows many parallels with haggadic material of a much later date.

Keywords: 1 Henoch; Abel; Adam; Cain; dream-vision; Noah; Sammael



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