What really happened in the Garden of Eden? /

The Garden of Eden story, one of the most famous narratives in Western history, is typically read as an ancient account of original sin and humanity's fall from divine grace. In this highly innovative study, Ziony Zevit argues that this is not how ancient Israelites understood the early biblica...

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Author / Creator:Zevit, Ziony, author.
Imprint:New Haven : Yale University Press, [2013]
Description:1 online resource (xxvii, 368 pages) : illustrations, maps
Language:English
Subject:Bible. -- Genesis, II-III -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Genesis. -- Paradieserzählung.
Bible. -- A.T. -- Genèse -- Critique et interprétation.
Eden.
Fall of man.
RELIGION -- Biblical Studies -- Old Testament.
RELIGION -- Biblical Criticism & Interpretation -- Old Testament.
Eden.
Fall of man.
Éden.
Péché originel.
Electronic book.
Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Format: E-Resource Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11382757
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ISBN:9780300195330
0300195338
9780300178692
0300178697
Digital file characteristics:data file
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (pages 335-355) and index.
English.
Online resource; title from e-book title screen (JSTOR platform, viewed February 22, 2016).
Summary:The Garden of Eden story, one of the most famous narratives in Western history, is typically read as an ancient account of original sin and humanity's fall from divine grace. In this highly innovative study, Ziony Zevit argues that this is not how ancient Israelites understood the early biblical text. Drawing on such diverse disciplines as biblical studies, geography, archaeology, mythology, anthropology, biology, poetics, law, linguistics, and literary theory, he clarifies the worldview of the ancient Israelite readers during the First Temple period and elucidates what the story likely meant in its original context. Most provocatively, he contends that our ideas about original sin are based upon misconceptions originating in the Second Temple period under the influence of Hellenism. He shows how, for Ancient Israelites, the story was really about how humans achieved ethical discernment. He argues further that Adam was not made from dust and that Eve was not made from Adam's rib. His study unsettles much of what has been taken for granted about the story for more than two millennia and has far-reaching implications for both literary and theological interpreters.
Other form:Print version: Zevit, Ziony. What really happened in the Garden of Eden? 9780300178692