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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol VIII:
Apocrypha of the New Testament.: Chapter 3

Early Church Fathers  Index     

Chapter 3 (19).

While John, therefore, was thus teaching those in Hades, the first created and forefather Adam heard, and said to his son Seth:  My son, I wish thee to tell the forefathers of the race of men and the prophets where I sent thee, when it fell to my lot to die.  And Seth said:  Prophets and patriarchs, hear.  When my father Adam, the first created, was about to fall once upon a time into death, he sent me to make entreaty to God very close by the gate of paradise, that He would guide me by an angel to the tree of compassion and that I might take oil and anoint my father, and that he might rise up from his sickness:  which thing, therefore, I also did.  And after the prayer an angel of the Lord came, and said to me:  What, Seth, dost thou ask?  Dost thou ask oil which raiseth up the sick, or the tree from which this oil flows, on account of the sickness of thy father?  This is not to be found now.  Go, therefore, and tell thy father, that after the accomplishing of five thousand five hundred years 1939 from the creation of the world, then shalt come into the earth the only begotten Son of God, being made man; and He shall anoint him with this oil, and shall raise him up; and shall wash clean, with water and with the Holy Spirit, both him and those out of him, and then shall he be healed of every disease; but now this is impossible. 1940

When the patriarchs and the prophets heard these words, they rejoiced greatly.



5300 b.c. was the date commonly assigned to the creation.  See Clem., Strom., i.; Theoph. Ant., ad Autol., iii.; comp. Just., Apol., xxxix.


For this legend, see the Revelation of Moses.

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