?And So They Went Out: The Lives of Adam and Eve as Cultural Transformative Story

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The phrase "and so they went out" is often used to describe the departure of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. Yet it also aptly describes the many versions of the stories of Adam and Eve as they began to circulate about the turn of the Common Era: they too "went out", and the appearance of these stories in multiple versions and languages attests both to their widespread popularity and to their ongoing appeal in the ancient world. Nor is their appeal confined to antiquity—these stories continue to fascinate, ...

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Overview

The phrase "and so they went out" is often used to describe the departure of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. Yet it also aptly describes the many versions of the stories of Adam and Eve as they began to circulate about the turn of the Common Era: they too "went out", and the appearance of these stories in multiple versions and languages attests both to their widespread popularity and to their ongoing appeal in the ancient world. Nor is their appeal confined to antiquity—these stories continue to fascinate, and the various versions of the apocryphal "Books of Adam and Eve" have begun to command considerable attention in the academic world.

Thus far, the scholarly community has concentrated principally on the complex tradition-history of these texts, their date, provenance and language. But the process of the reshaping and transformation of the stories within the "Books of Adam and Eve" has not yet been thoroughly studied. This book sets out to redress this imbalance by focusing primarily upon conceptual, literary, and thematic issues. By making use contemporary critical methods such as literary-critical analysis, ritual theory, and social-scientific taxonomy, the book explores how these stories represent a profound transformation and reshaping of ancient attitudes to gender, body, sexuality, sin, social hierarchies, and human aspirations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780567026798
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 4/15/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Daphna Arbel is an associate professor at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies.

Robert J. Cousland is an associate professor at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies.

Dietmar Neufeld is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies.

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Table of Contents

General Introduction Chapter One: From Eden to Paradise: Layerings of Meaning Chapter Two: How Eve Became Evil Chapter Three: Ritual Transformation Chapter Four: New Traditions in the "Books of Adam and Eve"
Chapter Five: Status Production and Reversal Chapter Six: From Fig Leaves to Fashion: Adorning Body Surfaces Conclusions Selected Bibliography Index.

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