Lost Book of Paradise: Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden

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The coauthor of the controversial The Book of J reimagines the story of Adam and Even, challenging traditional assumptions about the Genesis creation story with an interpretation marked by some revolutionary revisions.

An astonishing interpretation of the Eden story by the co-author of the bestselling The Book of J. Just as that book turned Biblical scholarship on its ear by concluding that parts of the Hebrew Bible were written by a woman, The Lost Book of Paradise ...

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Overview

The coauthor of the controversial The Book of J reimagines the story of Adam and Even, challenging traditional assumptions about the Genesis creation story with an interpretation marked by some revolutionary revisions.

An astonishing interpretation of the Eden story by the co-author of the bestselling The Book of J. Just as that book turned Biblical scholarship on its ear by concluding that parts of the Hebrew Bible were written by a woman, The Lost Book of Paradise breaks new ground by challenging our assumptions about the world's most powerful creations story--Genesis.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Regarding this book as ``an imaginary work of scholarship'' based on the lost 11th-century B.C.E. Sefer Gan Eden , or ``Scroll of Paradise,'' Rosenberg, coauthor of The Book of J , sets out to re-create the Garden of Eden story in poetic form, and to offer two kinds of quasi-fictitious commentary on it: his own, and that of Devorah Bat-David, characterized as a scholar at the Solomonic library in Jerusalem. This ambitious literary foray into the ancient past is playful and earnest, fabulist and scholarly. Inspired by admittedly incomplete suggestions in archeological sources and Hebrew commentaries, Rosenberg challenges assumptions about the content of a legend dear to Western consciousness, about the possibilities of poetic language and about the rights of poets to recast familiar material by using the creative strengths at their disposal. The book is meant for the adventurous in mind. Rosenberg's sensuous and respectful approach to language, parallel to his approach to creation itself, is not without some interpretive mischief, which is bound to attact addmirers and detractors. For example, two snakes, not one, inhabit this garden, and Adam is seduced by the female serpent, not by Eve. Scholars, of course, are likely to return Rosenberg's challenge. He wants to cause discussion, and he will. (Sept.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780786880737
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Chronology
925 B.C.E.: Devorah Bat-David 1
1993: Introduction 9
1075 B.C.E.: The Lost Book of Paradise 19
1993: Background and Commentary 121
1993: Imagining the Text 139
Appendix A: Selections from Genesis 147
Appendix B: Selections from Song of Solomon 155
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