Title

The Breath of Life: Speech, Gender, and Authority in the Garden of Eden

Abstract

In the garden of Eden, the man alone receives the direct infusion of the divine breath, a ritual act that not only renders him capable of speech but signifies also his commissioning as one who will speak with and for YHWH to the subsequently formed creatures. The man's failure to speak up during the woman's conversation with the serpent represents his failure to guard the garden and explains why YHWH finds him guilty of the crime of "listening to the voice of your woman".

Publisher

Society of Biblical Literature

Publication Date

6-1-2019

Publication Title

Journal of Biblical Literature

Department

Religion

Additional Department

Jewish Studies

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1353/jbl.2019.0013

Keywords

Eden, Women's conduct of life, Christianity, Decision making, Religion, Speeches

Language

English

Format

text

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