The editors have performed a great service in making widely available a documentary history of the interpretation of the Eve and Adam story." -Publishers Weekly
This fascinating volume examines Genesis 1-3 and the different ways that Jewish, Christian, and Muslim interpreters have used these passages to define and enforce gender roles.... a 'must'... " -Choice
Wonderful! A marvelous introduction to the ways in which the three major Western religious traditions are both like, and unlike one another." -Ellen Umansky, Fairfield University
No other text has affected women in the western world as much as the story of Eve and Adam. This remarkable anthology surveys more than 2,000 years of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim commentary and debate on the biblical story that continues to raise fundamental questions about what it means to be a man or to be a woman. The selections range widely from early postbiblical interpretations in the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha to the Qur'an, from Thomas Aquinas to medieval Jewish commentaries, from Christian texts to 19th-century antebellum slavery writings, and on to pieces written especially for this volume.
KRISTEN E. KVAM teaches at the Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. LINDA S. SCHEARING is a professor in the Religious Studies department at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. VALARIE H. ZIEGLER is a professor in the department of Religious Studies at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN. She is author of The Advocates of Peace in Antebellum America.
Acknowledgments General Introduction 1. Hebrew Bible Accounts 2. Jewish Postbiblical Interpretations (200s BCE-200 CE) 3. Rabbinic Interpretations (200-600s CE) 4. Early Christian Interpretations (50-450 CE) New Testament (c. 50-150 CE) Extracanonical Sources Church Fathers 5. Medieval Readings: Muslim, Jewish, and Christian (600-1500 CE) Islam The Qur'an (c. 610-632) Muslim Interpretations Judaism Midrashic Themes Christianity 6. Interpretations from the Protestant Reformation (1517-1700 CE) 7. Societal Applications in the United States (1800s CE) Antebellum Debates on Household Hierarchies Women Make the Case for Equality New Religious Movements on Gender Relations 8. Twentieth Century Readings: The Debates Continue Hierarchical Interpretations Egalitarian Interpretations Appendix: The Preadamite Theory and the Christian Identity Movement: Race and Genesis 1-3 at the Turn of the Millennium Index