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ENGL 141 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Elaine Pagels, Genesis B, Recto And VersoPremium

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Department
English
Course Code
ENGL 141
Professor
Eric Jager
Lecture
8

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Genesis Lecture
Debates in Christianity of what books are considered sacred or not
Jewish bible was originally translated into Greek and then Latin
Latin = 400
King James was considered the revival for the bible
In heroic tradition, the hero is the warrior
In religious tradition, the hero is a saint and sometimes Christ
Secular v.s. Religious
Lord
Human
Heavenly
Hero
Warrior
Saint, christ
Battle
Armed combat
Temptation, sacrifice
Enemy
Warrior, lord
Satan
Treasure
Gold, wealth
Spiritual or heavenly treasure
- religious knowledge,
salvation
Kinship
Blood ties
Communion - bread and wine
Baptism
Loyalty
What are big changes of the original Genesis and Genesis B?
Bible
Old English Version
Substitute for scripture?
Commentary? Heroic poem?
Serpent = Satan
Tempter = Satan’s thane/chosen,
Also referred to as a serpent
Only three characters: Adam, Eve,
and God
Satan - based upon the interpretation
Borrowed-body theory: Satan borrowed the body of the serpent to move around, speak,
and fool Eve
Diabolical possession - an idea older than Christianity
Points of Appeal:
1. Thaneship
2. Hints of polytheism - at the end of Genesis B, God mentions that Adam and Eve
would eat from the other tree and would become like us
3. Battle imagery
4. Exile
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