Eve's Children: The Biblical Stories Retold and Interpreted in Jewish and Christian Traditions


This volume is devoted to the biblical stories about Eve s children, Cain, Abel, and Seth, and to the rewritings and explanations of these stories in a variety of early Jewish and Christian sources (Old Testament Apocrypha, Philo of Alexandria, Targumim, the New Testament, Rabbinic and Kabbalistic texts, Christian-Gnostic and Patristic Literature). Attention is given also to post-biblical stories speaking about Eve s daughters and to traditions in which Cain is viewed as the son of the Devil. Three essays examine how the biblical stories were re-used and evaluated in modern fiction, from Clemens Brentano and Lord Byron to John Steinbeck s East of Eden.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Jacques Van Ruiten
  • Florentino García Martínez
  • Lieve M. Teugels
  • Marcel Poorthuis
  • Jan N. Bremmer
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Boston
Publication year:
  • 2003


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