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The aim of this booklet is to demonstrate that interpreting is a subjective method which leads to multivalent interpretations. this can be the case no matter if one appears at a textual content in its ancient contexts (the diachronic procedure) or its literary contexts (the synchronic approach). 3 consultant biblical texts are selected: from the legislations (Genesis 2-3), the Writings (Isaiah 23) and the Prophets (Amos 5), and every is learn first in terms of old research after which through literary research. each one textual content offers a couple of variation interpretations and increases the query, is anybody interpretation greater? What standards can we use to degree this? Or is there price within the complementary nature of many techniques and lots of effects?

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D. Miller, Genesis 1-11: Studies in Structure and Theme (JSOTSup, 8; Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1978). 38 The Image, the Depths and the Surface each case, the temptation to use the freedom of choice—for good and for evil—is depicted as arising outside the human will, and then acting upon it. In Gen. 3, the serpent undoubtedly plays this role. The 'tempter' is not in the first instance God himself—for if it were, it would undermine the view that God is entirely good; nor is it entirely within—for this would undermine the view that God is just.

And Other Readerly Questions to the Old Testament (JSOTSup, 94; Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1990); T. 1, WW14 (1994), pp. I. Parker, 'Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Must We Leave Eden, Once and for All? A Lacanian Pleasure Trip through the Garden', JSOT 83 (1999), pp. 19-29; also P. ), A Walk in the Garden, pp. 91-104, especially pp. 91-92, 99-100 on Nag Hammadi, where the taking of the fruit breaks the knowledge of the evil archons and so dispels the evil forces; also S. Gelander, The Good Creator: Literature and Theology in Genesis 1-11 (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1997), especially pp.

2-3 and the proposal for a postexilic redactional date, see D. Carr, 'The Politics of Textual Subversion: A Diachronic Perspective on the Garden of Eden Story', JBL 112 (1993), pp. 577-95. 36. Cf. H. Gunkel, The Legends of Genesis (Chicago: Open Court, 1901), whose introduction argues that the purpose of these stories is aetiological; also C. Westermann, Genesis 1-11 (Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 1976; trans. J. Scullion; London: SPCK, 1984), pp. 53, 195, 590-92. 28 The Image, the Depths and the Surface ently all-powerful, all-loving, all-knowing God allow such alienation between himself and his creatures, and between his creatures and the world he had made for them?

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