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Let me close with two teachers who in different ways were readers of and commentators on the Hebrew Bible. The first, Franz Kafka, reminds us of the reason for the expulsion: Why do we lament the fall of man? We were not driven out of Paradise because of it, but because of the tree of Life, that we might not eat oNNNNNLK. But the second, Martin Buber, suggests a purpose for the expulsion: From the seat, which had been made ready for him, man is sent out upon a path, his own, the human path. That this is the path into the world's history, that only through it does the world have a history—and an historical goal—must, in his own way, have been felt by thGHDFGDGHFGHenar.

Xi). It is the loss, or at least threat, to this framework that necessitates a study of the history of the interpretation of the Bible as the prerequisite for any engagement with Western literature. 15. Gunkel compared biblical sagen with other folk tales in his quest for the 'original forms'. G. Frazer who insists on 'scientifically' re-writing the ending of the Garden narrative as the very opposite of that of the biblical text in line with the laws ('inversion') of such tales! His version recovers, by the use of the 'comparative method', what he considers to be the 'gay barbaric colours' of the original (The Fall of Man', in his Folklore in the Old Testament, I [London: Macmillan, 1918], pp.

3. 11 In particular the very nature of the role of the man within God's creation. Is there any significance in the fact that when in Eden he is to 'work/serve' (Heb. "QU) and also 'guard' (Heb. 23)? More could also be said about the nature of the man and his relationship to the 'ground' from which he came. All of these and other topics help remind us of the richness of this section and the wide range of themes it contains. I began by reference to 'the Fall' and the degree to which that term has influenced our thinking about the contents.

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