By Beverly J. Stratton

Out of Eden contributes in the direction of conversations approximately studying scripture. instead of adopting conventional perspectives (creation and 'fall' or growth), this research integrates literary-critical theories and feminist scholarship to learn the Genesis narrative in terms of issues of latest groups. The query of the way we'd interact the interpretative strategy and the rhetorical energy of texts as we are living our lives 'out of Eden' is addressed. Stratton argues that the interpretration of Genesis 2-3 concerns, that there are results for the activities we tackle the root of our interpretations, and that we should always input the interpretative strategy purely with care.

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211-14. 1. 4. See also Rev. 2,14, 19. 2. Widengren, The King and the Tree of Life, p. 19. For J. Barr, the tree of life shapes the direction of the story; see The Garden of Eden and the Hope of Immortality (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1992), p. 59. 34 Out of Eden chief maker in the creation accounts so far, connected to these rivers? In trying to make sense of a story that may seem to have gone off course, readers may wonder whether God made the rivers. Nothing was said specifically in Genesis 1 about rivers.

The narrative also begins to take a human perspective as readers hear that the trees are 'desirable to see and good to eat'. Since readers know from Genesis 1 that fruit trees were for human consumption, and nothing has been said so far in Genesis about God eating food, readers deduce that these trees were planted for the man's benefit. Presumably, it is the man's sight and food that the verse has in mind. God takes care of human needs in this story, as God did in the earlier account of creation.

3 1. 5 in the appendix and the discussion on pp. 102104 for why I use 'the man' throughout most of this reading rather than human, 'earth creature' or other alternatives. 2. Gen. 12 and Isa. 12 know Eden as a place. Isa. 3, Ezek. 3 know it as a garden or garden of God. 10 refers to the garden of the Lord, and garden language is prominent in the Song of Songs. 3. G. 5 noted his absence as a worker of the ground. 8 continues. God puts the man in the garden. 1 The narrator's picture of God forming, planting, and placing no longer has the transcendent, orderly quality of the story of Genesis 1.

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