SLAVONIC LIFE OF ADAM AND EVE
From-The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament
Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1913
xxviii And we sat together before the gate of paradise, Adam weeping with
his face bent down to the earth, lay on the ground lamenting. And seven days
passed by and we had nothing to eat and were consumed with great hunger, and I
Eve cried with a loud voice: 'Pity me, O Lord, My Creator; for my sake Adam suffereth thus!'
xxxix And I said to Adam: 'Rise up! my lord, that we may seek us food; for
now my spirit faileth me and my heart within me is brought low.' Then Adam spake
to me: 'I have thoughts of killing thee, but I fear since God created thine image
and thou showest penitence and criest to God; hence my heart hath not departed from thee.'
xxx And Adam arose and we roamed through all lands and found nothing to
eat save nettles (and) grass of the field. And we returned again to the gates
of paradise and cried aloud and entreated: 'Have compassion on thy creature.
O Lord Creator, allow us food.'
xxxi And for fifteen days continuously we entreated. Then we heard Michael
the archangel and Joel praying for us, and Joel the archangel was commanded by
the Lord, and he took a seventh part of paradise and gave it to us. Then the Lord
said: 'Thorns and thistles shall spring up from under thy hands; and
from thy sweat shalt thou eat (bread), and thy wife shall tremble when she looketh
xxxii The archangel Joel said to Adam: 'Thus saith the Lord; I did not create
thy wife to command thee, but to obey; why art thou obedient to thy wife?' Again
Joel the archangel bade Adam separate the cattle and all kinds of flying and
creeping things and animals, both wild and tame; and to give names to all things.
Then indeed he took the oxen and began to plough.
xxxiii Then the devil approached and stood before the oxen, and hindered
Adam in tilling the field and said to Adam: 'Mine are the things of earth, the
things of Heaven are God's; but if thou wilt be mine, thou shalt
labour on the earth; but if thou wilt be God's, (pray) go away to paradise.'
Adam said: 'The things of Heaven are the Lord's, and the things of earth and
Paradise and the whole Universe.'
xxxiv The devil said: 'I do not suffer thee to till the field, except thou
write the bond that thou art mine.' Adam replied: 'Whosoever is lord of the earth,
to the same do I (belong) and my children.' Then the devil was
overcome with joy. (But Adam was not ignorant that the Lord would descend on earth
and tread the devil under foot.) The devil said: 'Write me thy bond.' And Adam
wrote: 'Who is lord of the earth, to the same do I belong and my children.'
xxxv Eve said to Adam, 'Rise up, my lord, let us pray to God in this cause
that He set us free from that devil, for thou art in this strait on my account.'
But Adam said: 'Eve, since thou repentest ofthy misdeed, my heart will hearken
to thee, for the Lord created thee out of my ribs. Let us fast forty days perchance
the Lord will have pity on us and will leave us understanding and life.' I, for
my part, said: 'Do thou, (my) lord, fast forty days, but I will fast forty-four.'
xxxvi And Adam said to me: 'Haste thee to the river, named Tigris, and take
a great stone and place it under thy feet, and enter into the stream and clothe
thyself with water, as with a cloak, up to the neck, and pray to God in thy
heart and let no word proceed out of thy mouth.' And I said: 'O (my) lord, with
my whole heart will I call upon God.' And Adam said to me: 'Take great care of
thyself. Except thou seest me and all my tokens, depart not out of the water,
nor trust in the words, which are said to thee, lest thou fall again into the
snare.' And Adam came to Jordan and he entered into the water and he plunged
himself altogether into the flood, even (to) the hairs of his head, while he
made supplication to God and sent (up) prayers to Him.
xxxvii And there, the angels came together and all living creatures, wild
and tame, and all birds that fly, (and) they surrounded Adam, like a wall, praying
to God for Adam.
xxxviii The devil came to me, wearing the form and brightness of an angel,
and shedding big teardrops, (and) said to me: 'Come out of the water, Eve, God
hath heard thy prayers and (heard) us angels. God hath fulfilled the prayers of
those who intercede on thy behalf. God hath sent me to thee, that thou mayst
come out of the water.'
xxxix But I (Eve) perceived that he was the devil and answered him nothing.
But Adam (when) he returned from Jordan, saw the devil's footprints, and feared
lest perchance he had deceived me; but when he had remarked me standing in the
water he was overcome with joy (and) he took me and led me out of the water.
xl Then Adam cried out with a loud voice: 'Be silent, Eve, for already is
my spirit straitened in my body; arise, go forth, utter prayers to God, till
I deliver up my spirit to God.'
(Passage follows exactly parallel to Apocalypsis Mosis xxxii. seq., but in