The Apocryphal Adam and Eve in Medieval Europe: Vernacular Translations and Adaptations of the Vita…

Hardcover | February 5, 2009

byBrian Murdoch

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What happened to Adam and Eve after their expulsion from paradise? Where the biblical narrative fell silent apocryphal writings took up this intriguing question, notably including the Early Christian Latin text, the Life of Adam and Eve. This account describes the (failed) attempt of the couple to return to paradise by fasting whilst immersed in a river, andexplores how they coped with new experiences such as childbirth and death. Brian Murdoch guides the reader through the many variant versions of the Life, demonstrating how it was also adapted into most western and some eastern European languages in the Middle Ages and beyond, constantly developing and changing along the way. The study considers this development of theapocryphal texts whilst presenting a fascinating insight into the flourishing medieval tradition of Adam and Eve. A tradition that the Reformation would largely curtail, stories from the Life were celebrated in European prose, verse and drama in many different languages from Irish toRussian.

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What happened to Adam and Eve after their expulsion from paradise? Where the biblical narrative fell silent apocryphal writings took up this intriguing question, notably including the Early Christian Latin text, the Life of Adam and Eve. This account describes the (failed) attempt of the couple to return to paradise by fasting whilst i...

Brian Murdoch is Professor Emeritus of German in the School of Languages, Cultures and Religions at the University of Stirling. He taught in Glasgow University and at the University of Illinois in Chicago before coming to Stirling in 1972. He has been Hulsean Lecturer in Divinity at Cambridge and Speaker's Lecturer in Biblical Studies...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:February 5, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, Adambooks, and the Vita Adae et Evae2. Ireland3. England, Wales, and Cornwall4. The Holy Roman Empire and Beyond5. France, Brittany, and Italy6. Iconography7. Litteras achiliachas: Conclusion8. Appendix: An Overview of the Vernacular TextsBibliographyIndex