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chapter 3 - Chapter 3 The J Source In its narrative of the...

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Chapter 3 The J Source In its narrative of the Garden of Eden, J has a folkloric character Three interrelated themes can be identified: 1) Deteriorating relationship between humans and the soil 2) Divinely ordained separation of the divine from the human realms 3) Progressive corruption of humanity Humans and Soil First human called Adam because he comes from soil (adamah) One of his punishments for breaking commandment is that soil is cursed, have to toil and work for sustenance Again, when Cain kills his brother the soil is cursed, this time Cain is doomed to be a wanderer as the soil will bring about nothing for him J source implies the soil and human corruption are linked. The Tower of Babel Etiology The multiplicity of Languages Humans try and build a structure to reach heaven; God sees this and deems that humans should not be able to do anything as they please so he confuses the languages of the people and creates multiple mutually incomprehensible languages for the world P Source
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This note was uploaded on 03/20/2008 for the course JWST 103 taught by Professor Erhman during the Fall '07 term at UNC.

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