Apocalypse Of Adam (NHC V, 5)

APOCALYPSE OF ADAM (NHC V, 5)

A Sethian Gnostic revelation mediated to Adam by three heavenly visitors and narrated by him to his son Seth. Its title is given both at the beginning and the end of the text. Formally, this apocalypse belongs to the “testament” genre common in early Jewish literature, inasmuch as Adam presents his revelation to Seth just before his death.

The revelation consists of a salvation history of the (Gnostic) “seed of Seth.” With no obvious Christian features in the text, the Apocalypse of Adam can be seen as a Jewish Gnostic text. Extant only in Coptic, it was originally composed in Greek, probably in Syria, possibly as early as the late first century.

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