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Stumbling To Perfection: Life After Eden

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The nature of humanity's relationship to God, itself as social community and to the cosmos in full, is the context into which the whole of Irenaeus' reflection on post-Edenic history is set. Irenaeus' reflection on the story of Cain and Abel comes as the logical extension of his discussion on the transgression in Eden. The long genealogy of Adam 's family tree, recounted in Genesis 5, does not figure heavily into Irenaeus' reading of human history outside Eden, save for the comments on Enoch 's long life and translation to heaven without the experience of death, which he sees as having direct bearing upon the resurrectional life offered in Christ. Epideixis 19 concludes with the introduction of Noah 's three sons, Sem , Cham and Japheth , proclaiming that 'of these the race was multiplied again, for they are the origin of the men who came after the deluge '.

Keywords:Adam; Cain; Eden; Epideixis ; Genesis; God; humanity; Japheth; Noah



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