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The Apocryphal Adam and Eve in Medieval Europe
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The Apocryphal Adam and Eve in Medieval Europe: Vernacular Translations and Adaptations of the Vita Adae et Evae

Brian Murdoch


This book examines the development in medieval European literature of the story of Adam and Eve after the expulsion from paradise. The gaps in what the Bible records of their lives were filled in early and medieval times to a great extent by apocrypha or pseudepigrapha such as the Latin Life of Adam and Eve (which merges at some points with a series of legends of the Holy Rood). It describes their attempt to return to paradise by undertaking penance whilst immersed in a river, Eve's second temptation, and the ways in which Adam and Eve cope with the novelties of childbirth and death. The Vita ... More

Keywords: apocrypha, pseudepigrapha, Bible, Adam and Eve, penance, medieval European literature, comparative literature, iconography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199564149
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199564149.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian Murdoch, author
Emeritus Professor of German, University of Stirling
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