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The Story of our Lives: The qz-Text of the Life of Adam and Eve, the Apostle Paul, and the Jewish-Christian Oral Tradition concerning Adam and Eve



This study is concerned with one text-form of the Greek Life of Adam and Eve in particular: the qz-text. This text-form is demonstrably of Christian origin, although the name of Jesus Christ nowhere features in it. It seems to share a certain anthropology with the epistles of Paul, but it is unlikely that its editor had any knowledge of the Pauline letters beyond the most superficial. It is concluded that the Life of Adam and Eve, which in all its forms and redactions primarily deals with questions of everyday life, reflects a living oral narrative tradition shared by Jews and Christians.



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This paper was presented at the Pseudepigrapha and Christian Origins Seminar at the SNTS conference in Bonn, 29 July–2 August 2003. I should like to thank Professor J. R. Levison in particular. The present paper is mainly an exposition of the views I developed during the stimulating discussions he and I had during our preparations for this seminar.


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New Testament Studies
  • ISSN: 0028-6885
  • EISSN: 1469-8145
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