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Remembering Eden: The Reception History of Genesis 3: 22–24

Peter Thacher Lanfer


There are few texts as central to the mythology of Jewish and Christian literature as the Garden of Eden and its attendant motifs. Yet the direct citation of this text within the biblical corpus is surprisingly rare. Even more conspicuous is the infrequent reference to creation, or to the archetypal first human pair. In fact, most covenantal texts in the Hebrew Bible begin with Abraham or with the Exodus rather than with the story of the garden. However, attention to Eden and the drama of the garden narrative increases in Jewish and Christian sources of the first centuries BCE and CE in which ... More

Keywords: Garden of Eden, Tree of Life, expulsion from Eden, wisdom and immortality, image of God, Adam and Eve, temple, God-likeness, innerbiblical interpretation, reception history, original sin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199926749
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199926749.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Thacher Lanfer, author
University of California Los Angeles