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The Cry Of Eden

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The narrative of the Garden of Eden was composed approximately three thousand years ago, part of what Old Testament scholars call "the primeval history" of Genesis, which begins with the story of the six days of the creation of the world and ends with the story of the Tower of Babel. The Story of the Garden of Eden is full of different emotional colorings, and has a changing and skillfully modulated rhythm. The beginning segment with Adam giving names to the beasts, while God sits by and watches, is warm and sunny; yet the story of the Garden of Eden remains compelling and has a future for two reasons. First, the accuracy of its observations about how people act, and how they tend to evade responsibility. Second, the narrator's central theological ideas-that the relationship with God might be something different from what had been assumed for so many centuries.

Keywords:Adam; Garden of Eden; Old Testament; Tower of Babel

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