Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: In the Garden

Published on February 22, 2010

In this 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: The Beginning

Pete Enns explores how ancient interpreters thought about and solved various issues regarding the Genesis 1 account.

Pete Enns 

Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: Cain’s Birth

Pete Enns closely examines the “gaps” in the stories surrounding Cain in Genesis 4 and discusses ideas that the ancient commentators formulated in response to these factually incomplete accounts.

Pete Enns 

Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: In the Garden

Pete Enns discusses Genesis 2—the Garden of Eden story. He begins by discussing the aspects with which ancient interpreters wrestled, recounts their conclusions, and then offers his own insight.