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[*] Post 315394 posted on 9-1-2008 at 08:34 Reply With Quote
Adam and Eve


Is this literal truth or a creation myth in your opinion?
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[*] Post 315398 posted on 9-1-2008 at 09:37 Reply With Quote

I heard a rabbi interviewed once, who was asked that same question, "Is the story literally true?"

His response was classic, "Oh, no! It's MUCH more important than that!".

I'd suggest you present a false dichotomy - myth /= untrue. Myth, in the realms of anthropology and theology, is something that provides a structure for thought, a paradigm.
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[*] Post 315422 posted on 9-1-2008 at 14:16 Reply With Quote

Wether Adam and Eve are true or Myth is irrelevant. As your reference shows, Mary, that they had a genealogy, ergo, they did exist. The story, as presented in may holy texts, may be light on detail but specific enough to convey the appropriate meaning. i.e.
- Man was created.
- He was given the task to tend a garden called Eden.
- He was also given a choice - to either obey God and not eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, or disobey God and eat of it. The tree itself is a type - e.g. obey and live, or eat and die, not necessarily literally as we may imagine, but figuratively, where the point was obedience.
- He chose to disobey and learnt what evil (in this case - disobedience) was
- He also learnt that there were consequences, too (expulsion from the garden)

As Janet has quoted "It's MUCH more important than that!"
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