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Sin and Its Disharmony: Crime and Punishment (2:25–4:16)

Thomas L. Brodie

in Genesis as Dialogue

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780195138368
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834037 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195138368.003.0017
Sin and Its Disharmony: Crime and Punishment (2:25–4:16)

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Having given two complementary viewpoints of creation, Genesis gives two complementary accounts of sin, the first involving the couple in the garden, and the second involving the brothers in the field. As with the two creation accounts, the sin accounts vary between emphasis on the higher level (the first sin, Adam and Eve) and emphasis on the lower level (the down‐to‐earth murder, Cain and Abel). Many of the complementarities were noted by Claus Westermann. One of the features of the larger text (creation plus sin, 1:1–4:16), is that the greater the emphasis on the earthly and sinful, the closer is the divinity.

Keywords: Abel; accounts; adam; Cain; complementarity; divinity; Eve; Genesis 3–4; sin; Claus Westermann

Chapter.  7168 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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