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By Paul Morris

This selection of essays through striking students deals a different, multi-faceted method of the certainty of the backyard tale. beginning with the motifs, context, constitution and language of the biblical textual content itself, the chapters hint the Jewish and Christian exegetical traditions, and advancements in literature and iconography. this is often a useful booklet for college students and students of bible study, theology, literature, artwork background and the psychology of religion.>

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Milton's account of sexuality is used by Campbell to correct notions of Protestant antipathy and anxiety in this regard. Paul Cantor addresses Blake's reading of Eden and focuses his attention on the internalization (into 'psyche') of the elements externally portrayed in the text. Blake concentrates on human nature and formulates a new account of man based on his vision of Eden. Cantor stresses Blake's identification of the artist with Eden and England with Eden against the background of the development of his 'speculative mythology'.

Lev Shestov (1866-1938), the Russian religious philosopher, utilizes the Eden story as the central and sustained motif for his rebellion against the dominance of reason and science (see his Athens and Jerusalem [1938] [trans. B. Martin; Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 1966]). He writes: 'If it is necessary to choose between God who warns us against the fruits of the tree of knowledge of good and evil and the serpent who extols these fruits to us, the educated European cannot hesitate—he will follow the serpent' (p.

Only Cain will feel himself so cursed and abandoned that he is dismissed from God's presence (Gen. 14), and even here God responds to Cain's prayer. Conclusion We have looked at two particular themes contained within our section. That of 'separations' continues a topic of ch. 1 and runs through the whole section. The second one involves the changing status of the man and woman before God and in a typically biblical way is connected to concrete images and words (nakedness/clothing) rather than to abstract expressions or concepts.

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