4. genesis story

4. genesis story - Genesis 2 and 3 (from anthropological...

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Genesis 2 and 3 (from anthropological interpretation) Story of Paradise and The Fall What is the nature of Paradise and the exile from it? Answers questions of o Origins of work and labor o Relationship between man and himself, what is it? Moral Consciousness o Relationship between man and woman o Relationship between man and other creatures o Relationship between mother and child o Relationship between descent and affinity (parental and marital) o Relationship between man and nakedness o Man’s relationship to the ground- ground is the spirit- God o Relationship between man and God allowed all the transformations in the story Transformations Simplicity to duplicity Innocence to guilt Life and death Relationship of authority- God has authority over man, his creation, breathed into him so that he is now alive. Formed from dust, and breath of God
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Because the creature is made in the image of his creator, man has his own authority Man has own ability to create Given that both parties have authority, God is obliged to make a deal- he has to trust Adam to do as he says- to not eat from the forbidden tree. Man has both body and soul, spiritual and material Dual character (NOT DUALISM) being two in one-separate but the same- polarism is duality nor dual character Tree is forbidden on pain of death “The day you shall eat of it, you will die” The fruit is not meant for lesser beings of God. Adam failed to observe God’s commandment because of Eve’s inclination to sin. Everyone is punished (serpent, Adam and Eve) As a result of sin o Becomes in some way like God; “Man has become like one of us o Punishments have something to do with Adam’s new status- his god- like status. o Banished from garden so they can’t have access to tree of life. The woman is literally part of the man When the woman tempts the man to disobey, the man is tempting himself. Bone of his bone, flesh of his flesh o Only part of material side Represents a certain subdivision, a part of himself was exteriorized, put outside himself , his integrity was placed outside himself so in order to complete himself he has to rejoin with that outside part. He has to become one again with Eve . i.e. sex “I will make him a helper fit for him”- God. A complimentary relationship they are different from each other and one at the same time Become one flesh Implicit in the story- procreation.
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Clarifies the remark “A man leaves his father and mother and cleaves to his wife” The woman only represents the material/base side, not the spiritual side that he obtained when God breathed life into him The serpent (phallic symbol), distinctly male figure o Only fitting that this figure should tempt the woman
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