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The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve

by Stephen Greenblatt,
The Jerusalem Post, December 1, 2017

For thousands of years, theologians, philosophers, natural scientists, creative artists and ordinary people have tried to understand the implications of the fate of Adam and Eve. What, they ask, does the story of the naked man and woman in the garden and the talking snake reveal about who we are, where we came from, what is special about us, why we sin, and why we suffer? In The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve, Stephen Greenblatt (a professor of the humanities at Harvard University; the author of Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare; and Swerve: How the World Became Modern) provides a learned, lively, beautifully rendered and written examination of the long and fascinating history of one of the world’s most influential stories.


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