Adamgirk`: The Adam Book Of Arak`el Of Siwnik`

Hardcover | March 22, 2007

Translated byMichael E. Stone

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This is the first English translation of the major Armenian epic on Adam and Eve composed by Arak'el of Siwnik' in the early fifteenth century. Arak'el writes extremely powerful narrative poetry, as in his description of the brilliance of paradise, of Satan's mustering his hosts against Adamand Eve, and Eve's inner struggle between obedience to God and Satan's seduction. In parts the epic is in dialogue form between Adam, Eve, and God. It also pays much attention to the typology of Adam and Christ, or Adam's sin and death and Christ's crucifixion. By implication, this story, from anEastern Christian tradition, is the story of all humans, and bears comparison with later biblical epics, such as Milton's Paradise Lost. Michael E. Stone's version preserves a balance between literary felicity and faithfulness to the original. His Introduction sets the work and its author inhistorical, religious, and literary context.

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This is the first English translation of the major Armenian epic on Adam and Eve composed by Arak'el of Siwnik' in the early fifteenth century. Arak'el writes extremely powerful narrative poetry, as in his description of the brilliance of paradise, of Satan's mustering his hosts against Adamand Eve, and Eve's inner struggle between obe...

Michael E. Stone is Professor of Armenian Studies and Comparative Religion, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:348 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:March 22, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199204772

ISBN - 13:9780199204779

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IntroductionAdamgirk` 3Adamgirk` 1Adamgirk` 2Concerning the First Ones

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"Michael Stone's elegant presentation of one of the classic compositions of medieval Armenian poetry deserves a readership beyond that of specialists."--Robert W. Thomson, Speculum