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The Story of Ahikar Intro


THE FORGOTTEN BOOKS OF EDEN

Translated in the late 1800's

by

Dr. S. C. Malan and Dr. E. Trumpp.

Translated into King James English from both the Arabic version and the Ethiopic version which was then published in The Forgotten Books of Eden in 1927 by The World Publishing Company.


THE STORY OF AHIKAR

part of the "Forgotten" books of Eden

WE HAVE in The Story of Ahikar one of the most ancient sources of human thought and wisdom. Its influence can be traced through the legends of many people, including the Koran, and the Old and New Testaments.

A mosaic found in Treves, Germany, pictured among the wise men of the world the character of Ahikar. Here is his colorful tale.

The date of this story has been a subject of lively discussion. Scholars finally put it down about the First Century when they were proved in error by the original story turning up in an Aramaic papyrus of 500 B. C. among the ruins of Elephantine.

The story is obviously fiction and not history. In fact the reader can make its acquaintance in the supplementary pages of The Arabian Nights. It is brilliantly written, and the narrative which is full of action, intrigue, and narrow escape holds the attention to the last. The liberty of imagination is the most precious possession of the writer.

The writing divides itself into four phases:

(1) The Narrative.

(2) The Teaching (a remarkable series of Proverbs).

(3) The Journey to Egypt.

(4) The Similitudes or Parables (with which Ahikar completes the education of his erring nephew).


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Introduction Contents Preface Apocalypse of Adam Apocalypse of Moses Illustrations Fourth Maccabees Intro Fourth book of Maccabees Fourth Maccabees, Short The Story of Ahikar Intro The Story of Ahikar Adam and Eve Intro Book 1 Adam and Eve Book 2 Adam and Eve Secrets of Enoch Intro The Secrets of Enoch Psalms of Solomon Intro The Psalms of Solomon Odes of Solomon Intro The Odes of Solomon The Letter of Aristeas Intro The Letter of Aristeas Testaments 12 Patriarchs Testament of Reuben Testament of Simeon Testament of Levi Testament of Judah Testament of Dan Testament of Gad Testament of Issaschar Testament of Asher Testament of Zebulun Testament of Naphtali Testament of Joseph Testament of Benjamin


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