Onslaught Against Innocence: Cain, Abel and the Yahwist
Onslaught Against Innocence explores the anthropological, theological, and psychological dimensions of this universal myth and shows the readers such a vivid and intense story that one feels we will never get to the bottom of it. Thus, after a deep reading, this well-known story is much more than what it seemed at first sight; it can be said to be the portrait of a human that is always torn between the innocence of Eden and its denial; between what J calls "doing well" and "not doing well". This is a literary-critical analysis of the myth of Cain and Abel, masterfully related in Genesis 4 by the Yahwist, probably the greatest storyteller in the Hebrew Bible. The Yahwist (commonly refered to as J, responsible for much of the Chapters 2-11 of Genesis) narrates the initial slaughter of one human being by another, and strikingly, described as fratricidal.
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I stepped away from this for a couple of months, but it was quite interesting. LaCocque peels back layers and layers of meaning from the sparse elegance of a few verses of Genesis. This makes me want to get a degree in Comparative Religions. Read full review