Paradise Interpreted: Representations of Biblical Paradise in Judaism and Christianity

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Gerard P. Luttikhuizen
BRILL, 1999 - Religion - 218 pages
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This study on the representations of Paradise in the Hebrew Bible (Genesis 2-3 and Ezekiel 28) also deals with the reception of the biblical accounts in early Jewish writings (Enochic texts, the Book of Jubilees, Qumran texts) in Rabbinics and Kabbalah, early mainstream Christianity and in early Christian apocryphal and Gnostic literature. Two further chapters are devoted to views of Paradise in the Christian Middle Ages. The volume concludes with the interpretation of Paradise in John Milton's epic poem "Paradise Lost,"
 

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Contents

GanEden in the Context of the Mythology of the Hebrew
21
The Garden Motif in Some Early Jewish
37
The Rewriting of Genesis 24324
63
Halakhah Based upon Eden in the Dead
95
Good and Evil in Rabbinica
116
A Resistant Interpretation of the Paradise Story in the Gnostic
140
The Story of Paradise in the Early Church
153
Some Remarks
168
Russian Medieval Concepts of Paradise
180
Interpretation as Persuasion
197
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Gerard P. Luttikhuizen, Ph.D. (1984), is Professor of Early Christian Literature and New Testament Studies, University of Groningen.