After Eden: Church Fathers and Rabbis on Genesis 3:16-21

After Eden: Church Fathers and Rabbis on Genesis 3:16-21

by Hanneke Reuling
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Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.


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After Eden: Church Fathers and Rabbis on Genesis 3:16-21

This volume charts the interpretation of Genesis 3:16-21 in a number of patristic and classical rabbinic sources. It is a case study in the reception of a biblical fragment in two intrinsically related yet distinct interpretative communities: early Christianity and rabbinic Judaism. Following the lead of the biblical text, this study sheds new light on each traditions' view of the human condition, more specifically on the way Church Fathers and Rabbis approach the themes of procreation, labour, mortality and corporeality.
The book carefully studies the reading of the biblical text as proposed by a number of representative and influential authors or documents, including Ambrose of Milan, Didymus the Blind, John Chrysostom and Augustine, as well as Genesis Rabbah and Avot de Rabbi Nathan. The introductions at the beginning of each chapter enable also the non-specialist to enter the distinct literary worlds of midrash and patristic Bible interpretation.

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ISBN-13: 9789004146389
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/11/2005
Series: Jewish and Christian Perspectives Series , #10
Pages: 380
Product dimensions: 6.56(w) x 9.52(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Hanneke Reuling recently obtained her Ph.D. from the Catholic Theological University of Utrecht (2004). She is appointed as office manager and curriculum coordinator at the Netherlands School for Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion.

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