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The Envy Of God In The Paradise Story According To The Greek Life Of Adam And Eve

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The apparent triangular structure of envy is simply not enough to explain the complex set of feelings and relations triggered by this emotion. In this homage to Professor Florentino García Martínez, the author approaches this complex conceptual world through the motif of the envy of God developed in chapters XV to XVIII of the Greek Life of Adam and Eve (LAE ). It first focuses on this passus and then compares it with the model the author is paraphrasing (Gen 2:16-17 and 3:1-7) in order to see whether the Bible story mutatis mutandis might have provided him with the elements of his interpretation or whether one should surmise the influence of external factors, such as the existence of discussions or commentaries that intended to cast some light upon divine motivation. Finally, the chapter compares it with the gnostic appropriation and reinterpretation of a motif that suited their Weltanschauung very well.

Keywords: Bible story; divine motivation; envy of God; Gen 2:16-17; Gen 3:1-7; Greek Life of Adam and Eve (LAE ); Professor Florentino García Martínez; Weltanschauung



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