Literature on Adam and Eve: Collected Essays

Literature on Adam and Eve: Collected Essays

Literature on Adam and Eve: Collected Essays

Literature on Adam and Eve: Collected Essays

Synopsis

For many centuries, the acts and destinies of the first-created human beings, Adam and Eve, have intrigued artists, story-tellers and theologians alike. This volume is a collection of articles on these traditions, written by some of the foremost scholars in the field. The volume consists of two parts. In the first part G. A. Anderson and M. E. Stone, close collaborators for years, have combined a number of studies on the rich variety of Adam and Eve-traditions, from the Life of Adam and Eve onwards to late medieval writings in Armenian. The second part, edited by Joh. Tromp, consists of papers read at the 1998 Leiden symposium, and deals more specifically with the Life of Adam and Eve.

Excerpt

This volume contains two separate collections of articles, both on the same subject: the life of Adam and Eve in early Jewish and Christian legend.

Thefirst part, edited by the authors, brings together essays by G.A. Anderson and M.E. Stone. The chapter by M.E. Stone on “The Fall of Satan and Adam's Penance: Three Notes on The Books of Adam and Eve” was first published in Journal of Theological Studies N.S. 44 (1993), pp. 143–156. An early result of the research which issued in “The Legend of the Cheirograph of Adam” has appeared as “Adam, Eve and The Incarnation, ” St. Nersess Theological Review 2 (1997), pp. 167–179.

The chapter by G.A. Anderson on “The Exaltation of Adam and the Fall of Satan” was first published in Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 6 (1997), pp. 105–134. “The Penitence Narrative in the Life of Adam and Eve” appeared in Hebrew Union College Annual 63 (1992), pp. 1–38. The authors wish to thank the original publishers for their permission to reprint these articles here.

The other chapters in this part of the volume have not been published before.

The second part, edited by Joh. Tromp, contains the papers read at a Leiden symposium in May 1998 (see further the Introduction on pp. 235–237).

The editors would like to thank Ms. W. de Gijzel and Mr. Th. Joppe of Brill Academic Publishers for their patience and cooperation in the production of this volume.

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