Adam and Eve in Scripture, Theology, and Literature: Sin, Compassion, and Forgiveness

Author:   Peter B. Ely
Publisher:   Lexington Books
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9781498573917


Pages:   348
Publication Date:   11 September 2019
Format:   Paperback
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Author:   Peter B. Ely
Publisher:   Lexington Books
Imprint:   Lexington Books
Dimensions:   Width: 15.10cm , Height: 2.60cm , Length: 22.20cm
Weight:   0.526kg
ISBN:  

9781498573917


ISBN 10:   1498573916
Pages:   348
Publication Date:   11 September 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Preface Acknowledgements Introduction: Adam and Eve, Original Sin, Compassion, and Forgiveness Part I: Adam and Eve: Symbol, Myth, and Biblical Narrative 1.Paul Ricoeur: A Wider Context for the Adamic Myth 2.The Adamic Myth in the Hebrew Testament 3.The Adamic Myth in the New Testament Part II: The Symbol Gives Rise to Thought: From Biblical Narrative to Autobiography, Theory, and Doctrine 4.Augustine: Original Sin and Compassion 5.Adam and Eve and Original Sin: Classical Formulations and Modern Developments 6.Compassion as Prelude to Forgiveness 7.Rene Girard: Original Sin as Covetousness Part III: The Word Becomes Flesh: From Theory and Doctrine to Literature and Autobiography 8.Perceval: From Naivete to Wisdom 9.Julian of Norwich: From Blindness to the Vision of Love 10.Shakespeare's Measure for Measure: Compassion in the State 11.Detective and Priest: Simenon's Compassionate Commissioner Maigret Conclusion Bibliography

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Ely takes an unusual route in discussing the story of Adam and Eve and the concepts that have impacted history, theory, and literature for centuries. His subtitle Sin, Compassion, and Forgiveness really forms the basis of the book, while the narrative of Adam and Eve hovers in the background. Ely focuses on the concepts embedded within their story that have influenced thinkers and have enduring implications for church and society today. His method of analysis encourages readers to look beyond traditional theological and theoretical texts for examples of brokenness, compassion, and forgiveness. * Reading Religion * Through his skillful use of sources both classical and contemporary, spanning genres of philosophy, theology, drama, and literature-each providing its own lens through which to unfold the dynamic tension between sin and forgiveness-Ely invites us to meditate deeply on the inner workings of the human heart in a world riven by sin but called by a loving God to redemption. Compassion is the key. As Ely argues, compassion is the bridge between sin and forgiveness. At once scholarly and pastoral, Peter Ely's exploration of forgiveness will serve as a rich resource for anyone seeking to understand the human experience of forgiveness more deeply. -- James Voiss, author of Rethinking Christian Forgiveness: Theological, Philosophical, and Psychological Explorations What do the myth of Adam's Fall and the doctrine of original sin have to do with forgiveness? Everything, according to Ely (Seattle Univ.). In this book he explains the myth of Adam's Fall in terms of a common human tendency toward moral darkness, confusion, and helplessness. This tendency is the heart of original sin, in the author's view, and it supplies a basis for the compassion required for genuine forgiveness and redemption. The awareness of original sin in oneself can motivate compassion toward others who need forgiveness. This awareness thus can provide a ground for mercy toward people who do not deserve forgiveness, which in turn can prompt one to share in the suffering of others for the sake of reconciliation. Drawing from Augustine, Hugh of St. Victor, Julian of Norwich, Ricoeur, and Girard, among others, Ely covers theological, philosophical, and spiritual themes central to the Christian tradition on forgiveness and redemption. He traces such themes beyond theory and doctrine to literature, such as in the story of Perceval and in Shakespeare's Measure for Measure. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. * CHOICE * Peter Ely has written a masterpiece. Adam and Eve in Scripture, Theology, and Literature: Sin, Compassion, and Forgiveness traces a history of the creation narrative that centers on the compassion of God as the basis for God's grace and forgiveness. Human compassion shows up, too, in literature, philosophy, and theology in a way that reflects God's motive for forgiving. This book will make a strong theological contribution to the forgiveness literature. -- Everett L. Worthington, Virginia Commonwealth University Through his skillful use of sources both classical and contemporary, spanning genres of philosophy, theology, drama, and literature-each providing its own lens through which to unfold the dynamic tension between sin and forgiveness-Ely invites us to meditate deeply on the inner workings of the human heart in a world riven by sin but called by a loving God to redemption. Compassion is the key. As Ely argues, compassion is the bridge between sin and forgiveness. At once scholarly and pastoral, Peter Ely's exploration of forgiveness will serve as a rich resource for anyone seeking to understand the human experience of forgiveness more deeply. -- James Voiss, author of Rethinking Christian Forgiveness: Theological, Philosophical, and Psychological Explorations


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Peter B. Ely is associate professor of theology and religious studies at Seattle University.

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