Wisdom and the Expulsion from the Garden

Peter Thacher Lanfer

in Remembering Eden

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199926749
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950591 | DOI:
Wisdom and the Expulsion from the Garden

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This chapter examines the interpretive motifs connecting the expulsion from Eden with sapiential wisdom. This discussion highlights the tension between the individual pursuit of wisdom in the primary narrative of Genesis 2–3, and the Deuteronomic deed-consequence motif of the expulsion narrative. The interpreters of Eden frequently wrestle with the problem if wisdom in the garden, especially as the “godlikeness” of Gen 3:22 is contrasted with the creation of humans in the “image” of God in Genesis 1. Many interpreters of Eden attempt to insert a positive role of wisdom in the garden, though this is only accomplished under the influence of the symbolic capital the expulsion narrative provides.

Keywords: God-likeness; like one of us; expulsion; scribal wisdom; King of Tyre; Ezekiel 28; the fashioned man; Torah; the way; toil; royal wisdom

Chapter.  12666 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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