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Out of Paradise: Eve and Adam and Their Interpreters


This volume explores the afterlives of Eve and Adam beyond the Genesis story.

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This volume explores the afterlives of Eve and Adam beyond the Genesis story. How did they become such a prominent part of mainstream Christian thought and theology —and Jewish and Muslim tradition as well —, and what forms did their story take as it was told and retold? To investigate the traces of Eve and Adam through the centuries is to discover a surprising variety of interpretations.

The chapters of this book come from eleven European scholars. Bob Becking writes on how the identity of the primaeval couple is constructed in Genesis, Geert van Oyen on Eve as a character in the New Testament, Willemien Otten on Adam and Eve in Augustine, Harm Goris on them in Aquinas, Theo Bell on them in Luther. Willem van Asselt examines the Pre-Adamites in the theology of Isaac La Peyrère, Heleen Zorgdrager considers Adam and Eve in the theology of Schleiermacher, Susanne Hennecke focuses on Karl Barth and Luce Irigaray looking at Michelangelo’s The Creation, Anne-Marie Korte on the Genesis story in a feminist theological perspective, Eric Ottenheijm on Eve and ‘women’s commandments’ in orthodox Judaism, and Karel Steenbrink on Muslim interpretations of their story.

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Bob Becking Once in a Garden: Some Remarks on the Construction of the Identity of Woman and Man in Genesis 2–3 Geert van Oyen The Character of Eve in the New Testament: 2 Corinthians 11.3 and 1 Timothy 2.13-14 Willemien Otten The Long Shadow of Human Sin: Augustine on Adam, Eve and the Fall Harm Goris Is Woman Just a Mutilated Male? Adam and Eve in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas Theo M.M.A.C. Bell Humanity is a Microcosm: Adam and Eve in Luther’s Lectures on Genesis (1535–1545) Willem van Asselt Adam and Eve as Latecomers: The Pre-Adamite Speculations of Isaac La Peyrère (1596–1676) Heleen Zorgdrager The Promise of a Salutary Difference: Adam and Eve in the Theology of Friedrich Schleiermacher Susanne Hennecke A Different Perspective: Karl Barth and Luce Irigaray Looking at Michelangelo’s The Creation of Eve Anne-Marie Korte Paradise Lost, Growth Gained: Eve’s Story Revisited. Genesis 2–4 in a Feminist Theological Perspective Eric Ottenheijm Eve and ‘Women’s Commandments’ in Orthodox Judaism Karel Steenbrink Created Anew: Muslim Interpretations of the Myth of Adam and Eve

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Bob Becking, Susan Hennecke
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Hebrew Bible Monographs, 30
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ISBN 13 hardback
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