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This essay is an exercise in interpreting a revered, but neglected, text. I take as my object of study the story of Adam and Eve in Eden. My interest in these passages derives in large part from conversations with my mentor, Herb Morris, who taught me to appreciate the beauties and mysteries of this rich tale. For both us, the problem is explicating the deeper meaning of the story. Perhaps I put more emphasis on the original text than Morris does, but we share a common objective of understanding what the story can teach us about the human condition.

Thus, our first task is to review the words of Genesis 2, bearing on the story of Eden. The following is my own translation, with footnotes explaining the points of difficulty and providing cross-references to the leading scholarly literature on the subject.


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