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Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: “On the Day You Eat of It…”

Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: In the Garden

In this lengthy series, Pete Enns engages the peculiar and unfamiliar parts of Genesis 2. He first presents the details of the story which ancient interpreters often wrestled with, and then he discusses the scholars’ conclusions and offers his own insight. He addresses such particulars as the speaking serpent that tempts Adam and Eve, the idea that the couple was naked before their act of disobedience, and the fact that Adam and Eve did not physically die when they ate the forbidden fruit.
Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: “On the Day You Eat of It…”

Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: “On the Day You Eat of It…”

The problem is well known: Adam (and Eve) did eat of the fruit, but they did not die on that day.
November 09, 2010 
Pete Enns 
Biblical Interpretation 
38
 
Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: A Crafty Serpent

Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: A Crafty Serpent

The earliest interpreters of the Bible—just like modern ones—where curious about the serpent mentioned in Genesis 3.
November 16, 2010 
Pete Enns 
Problem of Evil 
31
 
Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: It Was Eve’s Fault

Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: It Was Eve’s Fault

The Garden story is about something that started right and quickly went very wrong. The forbidden fruit was eaten with lasting effects for humanity. But who is to blame, Adam or Eve?
November 23, 2010 
Pete Enns 
Biblical Interpretation 
68
 
Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: Garden Paradise

Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: Garden Paradise

Early interpreters speculated what might be special about this Garden—special enough to have been off limits after Adam and Eve’s transgression.
November 30, 2010 
Pete Enns 
Biblical Interpretation 
46
 
Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: Some Thoughts about Eve

Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: Some Thoughts about Eve

The idea that God first made animals to provide a helper for Adam and then, when no such helper could be found, created a woman was hard for early interpreters to swallow.
December 07, 2010 
Pete Enns 
Human Origins 
15
 
Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: Adam and Eve’s Nakedness

Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: Adam and Eve’s Nakedness

During periods of cultural tension, where Jews were trying to maintain their own cultural identity, a naked Adam running around Eden came to be somewhat of a problem.
December 14, 2010 
Pete Enns 
Biblical Interpretation 
96
 
Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: Working and Guarding the Garden

Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: Working and Guarding the Garden

This led some ancient interpreters to say that Adam both tilled the land and also guarded it. But from what or from whom does Adam do this?
January 12, 2011 
Pete Enns 
Biblical Interpretation 
68
 
Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: The Devil was Jealous

Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: The Devil was Jealous

Understanding the serpent as the devil, however, leaves open a pretty basic question in Genesis: why did the devil want to trick Adam and Eve in the first place?
January 18, 2011 
Pete Enns 
Problem of Evil 
9