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Substantial fragments of this composition were found in the Cairo Geniza, and an ancient Greek version was preserved in the monastery of Mount Athos. Most manuscripts of the Aramaic Levi Document are dated to the first century BCE. However, several scholars speculate that the text was composed as early as the third century BCE, making it one of the earliest extrabiblical (parabiblical) Jewish texts. The composition presents a speech by Levi, which includes instructions to his descendants largely regarding their future role as priests and teachers of the people of Israel. Levi also relates a vision he had when he was younger, in which he ascended to heaven. The content of this text is probably associated with two other Aramaic texts that were discovered in the Qumran caves: Vision of Amram and Testament of Qahat. The three texts formed a trilogy of compositions attributed to Levi and his descendants. Aramaic Levi Document is also associated with part of a Christian work dating to the second century CE, The Testament of the Twelve Patriarchs — a compilation of the final words attributed to each of the twelve sons of Jacob. This composition made use of earlier Jewish sources, parts of which were identified among the Dead Sea Scrolls. Aramaic Levi Document is the best preserved of these sources.