This book revives the tradition of Eve in three traditions and literatures. The discussion of Islamic material is particularly valuable, since it examines the exchanges of ideas between early Islam and Judaism. It displays an amazing ability to uncover irony and sarcasm in ancient writings that have a profound implication for understanding ancient religion, and also examines contemporary references to Eve.
Dr. Mishael M. Caspi received his B.A. in Bible Studies and Semitic Languages from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, an MA in educational psychology from the University of Santa Clara in California, and a PhD in Near Eastern studies from the University of California at Berkeley. Among others, he has taught at the Teachers Training College in Rio de Janeiro, the Teachers Training College of the Negev, the University of Haifa, the University of California at Santa Cruz, and is currently a professor of religion at Bates College in Maine. He has received numerous awards and grants for his work, authored twenty-four books, and written numerous articles and reviews.
Foreword; Prologue; 1. Ornament of the World; 2. I am the Wife and the Virgin; 3. The Whore and the Wife; 4. If Ever There Was a Beginning; Epilogue: Eve - The Unbearable Flaming Fire Appendices; Bibliography; Index