Forming Femininity in Antiquity: Eve, Gender, and Ideologies in the Greek Life of Adam and Eve

Hardcover | February 7, 2012

byVita Daphna Arbel

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Vita Daphna Arbel investigates depictions of the emblematic Eve that are embedded in one of the most influential accounts of Adam and Eve after the Hebrew Bible, namely the apocryphal Greek Life of Adam and Eve (GLAE) from late antiquity. Treating the figure of Eve as a culturally constructed representation of 'woman,' Arbel examines a crucial transformative stage in the literary/conceptual discourse of Eve with a focus on several pivotal issues that have not been investigated in previous scholarship. She offers a nuancedexamination of the GLAE's multifaceted and at times contradictory depictions of Eve and, by extension, women; situates these depictions in the hybrid Greco -Roman cultural world in which they emerged, and examines the extent to which they both reflect and construct contemporaneous overlapping andcompeting concepts and norms regarding Eve/women's standing, role, authority, and realms of experiences; and examines the immense impact of these depictions on later Jewish and Christian conceptualizations of Eve/women, which seem to interpret the figure of Eve in accord with the interpretive voicethat characterizes the GLAE, rather than with the biblical voice of Genesis.

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Vita Daphna Arbel investigates depictions of the emblematic Eve that are embedded in one of the most influential accounts of Adam and Eve after the Hebrew Bible, namely the apocryphal Greek Life of Adam and Eve (GLAE) from late antiquity. Treating the figure of Eve as a culturally constructed representation of ''woman,'' Arbel examines...

Vita Dahpna Arbel is Associate Professor of Biblical and Early Jewish Literature at the University of British Columbia
Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199837775

ISBN - 13:9780199837779

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AbbreviationsIntroduction: Traditions of Eve in Antiquity: The Greek Life of Adam and Eve1. Eve and the Fallen Angels: Traditions of the First Sin2. Representations of Eve: Forming Femininity3. Eve and the Account of Adam's Demise: Social Performances of Death4. The Visions of Eve, Conceptualizations of Women, and Parallel DiscoursesConclusion: The GLAE's Eve: Multivocality, Women in Antiquity, and Paradigms of WomanhoodBibliography