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Biblical Apocrypha
and Pseudepigrapha
INDEX

Welcome to the second installment of the series on the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the christian and hebrew literary tradition.

This time we will take a look at the apocryphon called “The Ascension of Isaiah”, which as you will soon see, is a christian acid trip about a supposed prophetic vision by Isaiah about Jesus, just before he got turned into sliced salami.


“The Vision of the Prophet Isaiah” from an orthodox icon.
Source: “Ορθόδοξοι Ορίζοντες”

The text is readily available in English and the translation that is usually found is one published by Robert Henry Charles in 1900, based on several ethiopian, greek and latin manuscripts. The book is now in the public domain and can be freely read or downloaded at this address. Keep in mind that most transcripts on the web contain several errors, mainly due to sloppy copy-pasting and poor OCR in the PDF. I have made sure to correct all of them in my transcript and I have also modernized the language (Charles favours KJV English).

Links for the original texts can be found further down or accessed from the main index for the series.

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Biblical Apocrypha
and Pseudepigrapha
INDEX

Welcome to what I hope will shape up to be the first installment of a series on Biblical Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha (and I say “hope” because it’s really demanding collecting, editing and commenting on the texts). I have already posted an article in Greek on the subject discussed in this post, but it had several serious flaws and my attempt to correct it led to this english article, along with the accompanying material.


We begin with “The life of Adam and Eve”, a series of books written in various languages about the first couple of humans in Christian Mythology. By reading the texts it becomes readily apparent why they were never canonized, as their theology diverges significantly from the mainstream (even that of the first centuries) but there are several details that pop out as being part of Christian Mythology, even though they appear nowhere in the Bible.

These apocryphal books are extremely interesting since they basically enrich the first chapters of Genesis, filling in blanks in the narration of the life of Adam and Eve and offering a more complete view of the jewish myth of the creation of the human race.

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