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Genesis as DialogueA Literary, Historical, and Theological Commentary$
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Thomas L. Brodie

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195138368

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195138368.001.0001

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Sin and Its Disharmony: Crime and Punishment (2:25–4:16)

Sin and Its Disharmony: Crime and Punishment (2:25–4:16)

Disharmony With God (2:25–Chap. 3)

Disharmony With One's Brother (4:1–16)

17 Sin and Its Disharmony: Crime and Punishment (2:25–4:16)
Genesis as Dialogue

Thomas L. Brodie

Oxford University Press

Having given two complementary viewpoints of creation, Genesis gives two complementary accounts of sin, the first involving the couple in the garden, and the second involving the brothers in the field. As with the two creation accounts, the sin accounts vary between emphasis on the higher level (the first sin, Adam and Eve) and emphasis on the lower level (the down‐to‐earth murder, Cain and Abel). Many of the complementarities were noted by Claus Westermann. One of the features of the larger text (creation plus sin, 1:1–4:16), is that the greater the emphasis on the earthly and sinful, the closer is the divinity.

Keywords:   Abel, accounts, adam, Cain, complementarity, divinity, Eve, Genesis 3–4, sin, Claus Westermann

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