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History Transformed: Humanity’s Transgression

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Before the advent of the transgression proper, the context of the transgression is established. Between creation and sin stands a prohibition. The prohibition against eating from the tree of knowledge is, for Irenaeus, God's establishment of the proper realm within which the human creature's intellect and reason may be employed in the course of its growth. Irenaeus' treatment of the prohibition against the tree of knowledge is intimately tied in to his treatment of the temptation of humanity by the serpent. As the creation saga continues, there is a move in the narrative from the human response to the transgression to the divine. Adam has by now indicated (truthfully) his beguilement by Eve , and she has in turn (and equally as truthfully) indicated her own deception by the serpent .

Keywords:Adam; creation saga; Eve; human creature; humanity; Irenaeus; transgression

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