The Forgotten Books of Eden: Section 8.0 Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs.

The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs is a constituent of the apocryphal scriptures connected with the Bible. It is a pseudepigraphical work comprising the dying commands of the twelve sons of Jacob. It is part of the Oskan Armenian Orthodox Bible of 1666. Fragments of similar writings were found at Qumran, but opinions are divided as to whether these are the same texts. It is considered apocalyptic literature.

With the critical methods of the 16th century, Grosseteste’s view of the Testaments was rejected, and the book was disparaged as a mere Christian forgery for nearly four centuries. Presently, scholarly opinions are still divided as to whether it is an originally Jewish document that has been retouched by Christians, or a Christian document written originally in Greek but based on some earlier Semitic-language material


REUBEN SIMEON LEVI JUDAH ISSACHAR ZEBULUN
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DAN NAPHTALI GAD ASHER JOSEPH BENJAMIN
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Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs Introduction



OUTLINE
8.01 TESTAMENT OF REUBEN

Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs 01 The First-Born Son of Jacob and Leah.
The Forgotten Books of Eden p. 221, 222

Testament of Reuben Chapter 01 
(i) Reuben, the first-born son of Jacob and Leah. The man of experience counsels against fornication and points out the ways in. which men are most apt to fall into error.

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Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs 02
The Forgotten Books of Eden p. 223

Testament of Reuben Chapter 02 
(i) Reuben continues with his experiences and his good advice.


8.02 TESTAMENT OF SIMEON

Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs 03 The Second Son of Jacob and Leah.
The Forgotten Books of Eden p.224, 225

Testament of Simeon Chapter 01 
(i) Simeon, the second son of Jacob and Leah. The strong man. He becomes jealous of Joseph and is an instigator of the plot against Joseph.

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Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs 04
Testament of Simeon Chapter 02 
(i) Reuben counsels his hearers against envy.

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Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs 05
The Forgotten Books of Eden p. 226

Testament of Simeon Chapter 03
(i) A prophecy of the coming of the Messiah.


8.03 TESTAMENT OF LEVI

Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs 06 The Third Son of Jacob and Leah.
The Forgotten Books of Eden p. 227

Testament of Levi Chapter 01 
(i) Levi, the third son of Jacob and Leah. A mystic and dreamer of dreams, a prophet.

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Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs 07
The Forgotten Books of Eden p. 228

Testament of Levi Chapter 02 
(i) Levi urges piety and education.

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Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs 08
The Forgotten Books of Eden p. 229, 230

Testament of Levi Chapter 03 
(i) Levi has visions and shows what rewards are in store for the righteous.

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Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs 09
The Forgotten Books of Eden p. 231, 232

Testament of Levi Chapter 04 
(i) Levi shows how wisdom survives destruction. He has no use for scornful people.

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Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs 10
The Forgotten Books of Eden p. 233

Testament of Levi Chapter 05 
(i) He prophesies the coming of the Messiah. This was written 100 years before Christ.


8.04 TESTAMENT OF JUDAH

Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs 11 The Fourth Son of Jacob and Leah.
The Forgotten Books of Eden p. 234, 235

Testament of Judah Chapter 01 
(i) Judah, the fourth son of Jacob and Leah. He is the giant, athlete, warrior; he recounts heroic deeds. He runs so fast that he can outstrip a hind.

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Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs 12
The Forgotten Books of Eden p. 236, 237

Testament of Judah Chapter 02 
(i) Judah describes some archaeological findings, a city with walls of Iron and gates of brass. He has an encounter with an adventuress.

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Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs 13
The Forgotten Books of Eden p. 238, 239

Testament of Judah Chapter 03 
(i) He counsels against wine and lust as twin evils. “For he who is drunken reverenceth no man.” (Verse 13).

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Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs 14
The Forgotten Books of Eden p. 240, 241
Testament of Judah Chapter 04 

(i) Judah makes a vivid simile concerning tyranny and a dire prophecy concerning the morals of his listeners.


8.05 TESTAMENT OF ISSACHAR

Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs 15 The Fifth Son of Jacob and Leah.
The Forgotten Books of Eden p. 242, 243

Testament of Issachar Chapter 01 
(i) Issachar, the fifth son of Jacob and Leah. The sinless child of hire for mandrakes. He appeals for simplicity.

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Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs 16
Testament of Issachar Chapter 02 
(iIssachar, the fifth son of Jacob and Leah. The sinful child. He appeals for them to emulate him


8.06 TESTAMENT OF ZEBULUN

Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs 17 The Sixth Son of Jacob and Leah.
The Forgotten Books of Eden p. 244, 245

Testament of Zebulun Chapter 01 
(i) Zebulun, the sixth son of Jacob and Leah. The inventor and philanthropist., What he learned as a result of the plot against Joseph.

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Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs 18
The Forgotten Books of Eden p. 246, 247

Testament of Zebulun Chapter 02 
(i) He urges human sympathy and understanding of one’s fellow men.


8.07 TESTAMENT OF DAN

Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs 19 The Seventh Son of Jacob and Bilhah.
The Forgotten Books of Eden p. 248

Testament of Dan Chapter 01 
(i) The seventh son of Jacob and Bilhah. The jealous one. He counsels against anger saying that “it giveth peculiar vision.” This is a notable thesis on anger.

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Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs 20
The Forgotten Books of Eden p. 249

Testament of Dan Chapter 02 
(i) A prophecy of the sins, captivity, plagues, and ultimate restitution of the nation. They still talk of Eden (See Verse 18). Verse 23 is remarkable in the light of prophecy.


8.08 TESTAMENT OF NAPHTALI

Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs 21 The Eighth Son of Jacob and Bilhah.
The Forgotten Books of Eden p. 251, 252

Testament of Naphtali Chapter 01 
(i) Naphtali, the eighth son of Jacob and Bilhah. The Runner. A lesson in physiology.

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Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs 22
The Forgotten Books of Eden p. 253

Testament of Naphtali Chapter 02 
(i) He makes a plea for orderly living. Notable for their eternal wisdom are Verses 27-40.


8.09 TESTAMENT OF GAD

Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs 23 The Ninth Son of Jacob and Zilpah.
The Forgotten Books of Eden p. 255

Testament of Gad Chapter 01 
(i) Gad, the ninth son of Jacob and Zilpah. Shepherd and strong man but a murderer at heart. Verse 25 is a notable definition of hatred.

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Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs 24
The Forgotten Books of Eden p. 256

Testament of Gad Chapter 02 
(i) Gad exhorts his listeners against hatred showing how it has brought him into so much trouble. Verses 8-11 are memorable.


8.10 TESTAMENT OF ASHER

Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs 25 The Tenth Son of Jacob and Zilpah.
The Forgotten Books of Eden p. 257, 258, 259

Testament of Asher Chapter 01 
(i) Asher, the tenth son of Jacob and Zilpah. An explanation of dual personality. The first Jekyll and Hyde story. For a statement of the Law of Compensation that Emerson would have enjoyed, see Verse 27.


8.11 TESTAMENT OF JOSEPH

Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs 26 The Eleventh Son of Jacob and Rachel.
The Forgotten Books of Eden p. 260, 261, 262

Testament of Joseph Chapter 01 
(i) Joseph, the eleventh son of Jacob and Rachel, the beautiful and beloved. His struggle against the Egyptian temptress.

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Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs 27
The Forgotten Books of Eden p. 263, 264, 265, 266

Testament of Joseph Chapter 02 
(i) Joseph is the victim of many plots by the wicked ingenuity of the Memphian woman. For an interesting prophetic parable, see Verses 73-74.


8.12 TESTAMENT OF BENJAMIN

Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs 28 The Twelfth Son of Jacob and Rachel.
The Forgotten Books of Eden p. 267, 268

Testament of Benjamin Chapter 01 
(i) Benjamin, the twelfth son of Jacob and Rachel, the baby of the family, turns philosopher and philanthropist.

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Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs 29
The Forgotten Books of Eden p. 269

Testament of Benjamin Chapter 02 
(i) Verse 3 contains a striking example of the homeliness–yet vividness of the figures of speech of these ancient patriarchs.


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Primary Source: The Forgotten Books of Eden: Section 8.0 Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs.

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