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Lecture 3

BIBLE LECTURE 3 - Genesis

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Department
English
Course
ENG150Y1
Professor
William Robins
Semester
Fall

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LECTURE 3 - the apparent “externality” of evil - “The serpent represents the following situation: in the historical experience of humans, every individual finds evil already there...the always-already-there of evil is the other aspect of evil for which nevertheless I am responsible.” - The serpent continues imagery of goddess of chaos and generation in Ancient Mesopatamia  Tiamat - patriarchal narratives discussion: o Adam—Noah story o story of Abraham o story of Jacob o story of Joseph - Myth is continuous with history - story of Jacob: o important to move from episodic to continuous narrative o Gilgamesh – very episodic, though moments clearly distinguished o Odyssey – clear aesthetic idea The Jacob story: Symmetrical Structure (Chiasm) A. Encounter b/w Jacob and esau B. Encounter w/God and departure from home C. Acquisition of wives, Leah and Rachel
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