Abstract

This essay is a comparative study between the Holy Bible and a apochryphical text about the expulsation of Adam from Heaven. The two texts compared here (The Homilies on Genesis of Saint John Chrysostom and the apocryphal Apocalypse of Moses) have some points in common (such as Eve`s guilt and the punishments decided by God for those who have infringed his commandment), but they also have more divergent points. The Apocalypse of Moses presents things in a nuanced way, giving Eve and even Satan the possibility to defend themselves, insists more on human sufferance after being banished from Heaven, therefore presents more points of view, it is a more extended and diverse document than the version presented in the Bible.

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