This paper is for a Religion course on sacred Christian stories.
Three early Christian texts:
1. The LIFE OF ADAM
(in two versions, the Greek "Apolcalypse" and the Latin "Vita", written between the second and fourth centuries AD.
2. Ephrem the Syrian''s COMMENTARY ON GENESIS 2-3. Ephrem was born around 300 AD in the Persian city of Nisibis, and died in 373 in the Roman Syrian city of Edessa. He wrote in a language called Syriac.
3. Augustine''s CITY OF GOD, Book 14, chapters 10-14; this passage is a discussion of Genesis 2-3. Augustine was a Bishop in the North African city of Hippo Regius; he wrote the City of God early in teh fifth century AD, around 413. He wrote in Latin.
PICK TWO OUT OF THESE THREE TEXTS, and discuss how they elaborate on the biblical narrative of Genesis 2-3. If you pick the Life of Adam
as one text, choose ONE of the two versions. Note that these are three different types of texts. The Life of Adam
is a narrative that continues the story of Adam
after they are expelled from Eden. Ephrem''s commentary tries to
explicate the meaning of Genesis 2-3 by speculating about the gaps in the biblical account, but not going past the story as Genesis has it. Augustine''s discussion attempts to analyze how human psychology could be so flawed as to choose to disobey God. The Life of Adam
is a story - an imaginative account. Ephrem and Augustine include some story-like elements when they
discuss Genesis 2-3, because they suggest what Adam
might have been thinking or feeling.
How does each text portray Adam
? What kind of relationship do Adam
have with each other? What kind of relationship do they have with God? What motivates each character? In the Life of Adam
, what kind of life do Adam
have after they are expelled from Paradise? Do these texts soften the tragic account of Genesis 3 or render it a harsher story? What is each writer''s attitude towards the biblical text of Genesis 2-3?
You must give citations each time you refer to a specific point in the text, or each time you quote. You may give citations in footnotes, endnotes, or in parentheses in your text. Either in the first footnote or at the end of your paper, you should indicate which version of the Bible you are using.
end of assignment.
If you can locate these three texts, that is wonderful. I have these three articles in a coursepacket for this particular class along with Genesis 2-3. However, I do not know if and when I can locate fax machine. I think Augustine''s City of God will be easy to find and of course the Bible isn''t hard to track down. The other two I''m not sure about. I will try to fax these materials to you ASAP, but if you can start the paper before this happens, that would be wonderful (as it is due today).
Thank you very much!
There are faxes for this order.
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