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Adam, Testament of
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The Testament of Adam belongs to the extensive postbiblical literature on the first human being, together with the Life of Adam and Eve (Adam [Vita Adae et Evae]), the (gnostic) Apocalypse of Adam, the Syriac Cave of Treasures, the Arabic Book of the Rolls, the Combat of Adam and Eve with Satan, and the Syriac Book of the Bee. All these texts belong to the genre of the so-called retold Bible, in which an explicit reference to the biblical text or to a spokesman is generally lacking. From a methodological point of vie…

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Poorthuis, M.J.H.M., “Adam, Testament of”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 30 May 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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