Chapter

Conclusion

Peter Thacher Lanfer

in Remembering Eden

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199926749
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199926749.003.0006
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The final chapter of this book summarizes and synthesizes the arguments of the previous chapters, reaffirming the composite character of the redacted Eden narrative, and the persistent influence of the expulsion narrative over the interpretations of the garden. This chapter also affirms the utility of the dialogical approach to the text of Genesis 2-3, which recognizes the competing ideologies of the individual components of this composite text. This dialogical constrains the possibilities of interpretation more so than literary criticism, or reader-response criticism. My approach also argues that the cultural field of a text is recoverable, whereas the meaning of a text or authorial intent may not be. Finally, the chapter affirms the sophistication of Eden’s interpreters who, to a large degree, preserve the dynamic interaction between the component parts of the redacted Eden narrative.

Keywords: symbolic capital; redaction; editorial frame; innerbiblical analysis; motif; theme; Tree of Life; wisdom; interpretive constraint; temple; immortality; dialogical approach

Chapter.  3191 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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