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Out of Paradise: Eve and Adam and their Interpreters
Becking, Bob and Susan Hennecke, editors

Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2010 pp. xiii + 198. $90.00

Series Information
Hebrew Bible Monographs, 30

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Description: 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.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Genesis, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Interpretation

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Review by Robert C. Kashow
Published 4/27/2012
Citation: Robert C. Kashow, review of Bob Becking and Susan Hennecke, eds., Out of Paradise: Eve and Adam and their Interpreters, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


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