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The Creation Of Man In 2 (Slavonic) Enoch And In Christian Tradition

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This chapter argues that the idea - that Adam was made from different elements, or pondera, of creation - is particularly distinctive of Christian readings of Genesis 2:7 and that this represents a recasting of the common notion of man as "microcosm" that is subtly different from that found in Judaism. The author argues this on the basis that while in Christian texts have a multitude of exemplars of this idea, among Jewish works the idea is found only once - in the creation account of 2 (Slavonic) Enoch- and that, indeed, even this one occurrence may represent a Christian interpolation. The chapter achieves two things. First, it opens up some critical issues concerning the creation account in 2 Enoch. Second, it explores the contribution that apocryphal and pseudepigraphical texts can make to understanding of Christian tradition as part of the enterprise of "theological readings of Scripture". .

Keywords: 2 Enoch; Adam; Christian tradition; pseudepigraphical texts

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