3genesis - Commentary on Genesis As we have discussed,...

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Commentary on Genesis As we have discussed, there are two episodes that refer to what we are calling in this course a Parmenidean perspective. The first one is the story of the creation of the universe by God, the second tells of the fall of Adam and Eve from the “perfection” of the Garden of Eden. In the creation story the Parmenidean perspective enters by way of God creating a dualistic universe, in which one feature is valued as higher than the other. In other words, God’s act of creation consists of an act of separation that results in a two-value world, a world of opposite values. One could speculate here, as I have, that this act of separation is enacted upon some “prior” arrangement, in which values, such as light and dark, are not cleanly separated and hierachized but coexist in the form of interdependence, that is to say of chiasmic unity. One could speak here, then, of the creation account as involving a certain judgment, which is fraught with the “violence” of cutting apart, resulting in defined, clear-cut categories and oppositional, hierarchical order. (Note that in Antigone Creon could be said to follow the order that God creates in Genesis, while Antigone embodies the chiasmic unity of opposite values of the zone of the dead, the chiasmic unity that the God of Genesis in my interpretation “judges” as having to be “tabooed” for the sake of “order” and “law.”) In the story of the fall of Adam and Eve a Parmenidean aspect comes to the fore in that
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course MAP CONVWEST taught by Professor Ulfers during the Fall '07 term at NYU.

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