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A Walk in the Garden: Biblical Iconographical and Literary by Paul Morris, Deborah Sawyer

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Part of the wry view of the Genesis author is that the awareness of the toil of labour after man acquired the knowledge of good and evil contrasts with the unthinking enjoyment of work beforehand. In regard to his thinking about wisdom, the stance taken by Agur in Proverbs 30 is similar to that of the Genesis author. Each is conscious of wisdom as having an unattainable aspect. 19 In Genesis, the attempt to focus on the origin of human knowledge involves the distancing of man from God by first conceiving of man as animal-like.

Abrahams; Jerusalem: Magnes, 1961), p. 169. 2. F. Landy, Paradoxes of Paradise (Sheffield: Almond Press, 1983), pp. 23334. 3. B. Jacob, The First Book of the Bible: Genesis (ed. and trans. I. Jacob and W. Jacob; New York: Schocken Books, 1974), p. 30. 4. G. von Rad, Genesis (trans. J. Mark; London: SCM Press, 1972), p. 91. 5. P. Trible, 'Depatriarchalizing in Biblical Interpretation', in The Jewish Woman (ed. E. Koltun; New York: Schocken Books, 1976), pp. 227-28. 6. Trible, 'Depatriarchalizing', p.

That is to say, in the process of naming the creatures, Adam has made a general distinction between domestic and wild animals, and in making that distinction some form of enmity has arisen between himself and the snake, either as a creature on its own, or even as a representative of the 'excluded' 'living creatures of the field'. 19-20). But they are not partners for man. . 20). Instead they are living evidence of the failure of the attempt, and his imperfection alone. Woman then supercedes the animals, succeeding in being a partner where they were inadequate.

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