The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve

The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve

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Greenblatt "explores the enduring story of humanity's first parents. Comprising only a few ancient verses, the story of Adam and Eve has served as a mirror in which we seem to glimpse the whole, long history of our fears and desires, as both a hymn to human responsibility and a dark fable about human wretchedness"
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393240801
Branch Call Number: 233.14 Gree
Characteristics: 419 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Adam and Eve


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Dec 14, 2019

I thought this book would be about the reasons for which we remain intrigued by Adam and Eve’s story in modern society, but instead Greenblatt delineated the lives and writings of important historical writers and only briefly touched upon our modern perspective. In short, it was not what I was looking for (obviously this wasn’t the book’s fault though).⁣⁣
Although the book is well-researched and extensively describes the life of people such as St.Augustine and John Milton, Greenblatt does not give a bigger picture. ⁣⁣
However there 𝘢𝘳𝘦 some great takeaways: ⁣⁣
-We know that “history is written by the winner,” but historical episodes/opinions are also handpicked by the winner to legitimize themselves, so the “historical evidence” an authority cites might have been plucked out of obscurity precisely for their benefit. 🤷🏻‍♀️ ⁣⁣
-The frequent debate on the relationship between the sexes, Eve’s (women’s) role in the human condition, and the exact moment of “the fall” probably speak to something deeper in our desires and aspirations, especially in our wish to “return” to idealized days of peace and idleness, but is perfection really perfection? Did we really ever have that idleness? ⁣⁣
I think this book would be great for someone who wants to understand the transformations of the story of Adam and Eve. Unfortunately it just was not for me and read too much like multiple biographies. However, If you’re interested in things ancient-Greek-and-Roman-related, I would suggest you look up his 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘦 (reviewed on July 25th) on how Piggio Bracciolini saved Lucretius’ 𝘖𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘕𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴! ⁣⁣

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Dec 05, 2018

Enjoyable but demanding treatment of the historical views of the Adam and Eve mythology and how the stories were manipulated and enforced to achieve goals of the religious organizations that latched on to it.

Sep 27, 2018

An excellent overview of an issue that illustrates how ideas developed over the centuries. Thoroughly researched and proof given for all the assertions made. For the interested reader there are many sources listed for further study..

Feb 08, 2018

Someone who insists that the story of Adam and Eve is real history will hate this book, but I thoroughly enjoyed the analysis of why the story is still important and captivating.

Dec 03, 2017

An interesting read, and an erudite explanation of why a part of our body politic clings to the literal meaning of the 1,000 times translated version of an English language bible and the powerful forces that want them to. It is fascinating that this argument has been going on since the twelfth or thirteenth centuries. And amazing that a young woman who was born lame and then sent of to a convent at age 7 later wrote perhaps the first female tirade against the male patriarchy and the lie of religious power.

Oct 23, 2017

Adam and Eve, Fictional figures? This book must not be based on truth. God's word is.

debwalker Aug 09, 2017

How and why the story of Adam and Eve had such a powerful impact on Western culture. At a time when intellectual curiousity is disparaged at the highest levels, this is powerful.


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