Onslaught Against Innocence: Cain, Abel and the Yahwist

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James Clarke Company, Limited, 2010 - Religion - 177 pages
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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

About the author (2010)

Andre LaCocque is Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Chicago Theological Seminary. He is the author of The Trial of Innocence, The Feminine Unconventional, and Romance, She Wrote, and the co-author (with Paul Ricoeur) of Thinking Biblically: Exegetical and Hermeneutical Studies.

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